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O P E R A T I O N
STARTING THE ENGINE
General notes
Be careful when running the engine in a
confined space. Danger of poisoning.
Check that gear lever is in neutral.
(On vehicles with automatic gearbox:
Selector lever at " P " or "N") and apply
handbrake before starting.
Depress the clutch pedal on vehicles
with manual gearbox when starting so
that the starter only has to turn the en-
gine.
As soon as the engine starts, release
the ignition key so that the starter can
disengage.
Do not warm engine up by running it
with vehicle stationary. Drive off straight
away.
Do not overrev or use full throttle
until the engine has reached the normal
operating temperature.
Note for vehicles with catalyst
The engine must not be started by
towing the vehicle as otherwise unburnt
petrol can get into the catalyst and be
burned there - see also page 83.
44 and 57 kW carburetor engines
Starting a cold engine
The carburetor is fitted with an automatic
choke which is actuated the first time the
accelerator pedal is depressed when
engine is cold.
Depress accelerator pedal slowly
only (twice when it is freezing) and then
release it
Switch ignition on and start engine
straight away - do not use accelerator.
The engine may rattle briefly after
being started. This is caused by the hy-
draulic tappets which have to build up a
certain oil pressure first. The noise is
harmless and no cause for alarm.
The increase in the idling speed which
takes place as engine starts to warm up
can be reduced by just tapping the accel-
erator pedal briefly.
On vehicles with an automatic gearbox
the engine should be run at fast idling
speed for about one minute after starting
when it is very cold.
The pedal should then be tapped so that
the speed drops and a gear can be
selcted at normal idling speed.
Starting a warm engine
Depress pedal slowly while operating
starter.
Release pedal as soon as engine
starts.
Starting a hot engine
Depress pedal fully before operating
starter and hold it in this position - do
not pump it.
Release pedal as soon as engine
starts.
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