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Old 08-07-2008, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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car started with no clutch pushed in?

um i have driven many 5/spds in my life and never has one started without the clutch being pushed in....ya mine did the other day....this is the first BMW 5 spd i have driven so im pretty sure its not normal...but help me out here?
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, it's normal. My E30 never had a clutch starter cut off either.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep it is normal. I've had 2 E36's and it was the case on both. It is scary the first time you realize it though.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup. That is how they work.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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hahahah ok, PHEW!!!! well good to know
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Just always check for neutral on start up
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yea. why i never recommend getting a remote start on bmw manuals. they will drive down the street on the starter and hit something.
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^^^ Wow interesting thought. My neighbor has remote start on her STS.
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if you have a 98 or later they have a clutch switch, so the clutch does have to be pushed in to start the car
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it'll save you when one of your clutch cylinders goes out
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that's normal both of mine do the same.
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yea...its really normal, but even though i still tend to push the clutch in to start the car...i think its just a habit
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if you have a 98 or later they have a clutch switch, so the clutch does have to be pushed in to start the car
I thought it was 97's +
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Yeah mine didn't pass safety because of this. But that's the kind of expertise you get when a Ford dealership does your safety...
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