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Hi, I have had a couple of faults develop on my 66 coupe just recently, the first is I sometimes get a screech niose from the rear of the car when I move off, I was thinking that maybe the drive belts may need adjustment or replaceing?. The second is unless I set the engine idle speed very low I have problems getting the car into drive. In the mornings I have to let the engine warm up first before I can move off due to the higher idle speed of the engine running on choke, could this fault be due to a worn clutch plate? Any help with ideas would be most wellcome. Thank you.
Post by Richard DAF Webmeister on Feb 28, 2006 9:13:07 GMT
Phew! Good to see some new conversations starting on here. I was starting to think that I may have done something radical to the site!
Anyway, to confirm and concur with the reply above, strange as it may seem, DAFs must be started with the selector lever already in the direction in which you wish to set off - i.e. forward for forward, or back for reverse.
It's because of the centrifugal clutch arrangement. Once above 700rpm or so, the clutch is already engaged, so if you are in neutral and you try to select a gear, at the very least, you will get a sound of grinding cogs. If you try and force the lever into gear at this point, you will break the car.
This is normal! So, a good idea, especially when starting from cold and with the choke out, is to make sure the handbrake is on, and have your foot hovering over the brake pedal just in case.
Neutral should only be used when carrying out maintenance on the car - i.e. when tuning/setting the engine etc.
Regarding the screeching belts - I think it may be a sign of adjustment needed. Doesn't necessarily mean the belts are worn or on the way out.
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