Starting and Driving

Prior to Starting

Before starting the engine the new owner should be familiar with the location and function of the instruments and controls. Open the bonnet and ensure that the water level in the radiator is at least 1 inch (25mm) above the tubes and the oil level in the sump,using the dipstick, is at the correct level. Close the bonnet (don't slam!). Place the gear lever in neutral position and check that the handbrake is applied. Turn the ignition switch ON and ensure that there is sufficient fuel in the fuel tank. Return the ignition switch to OFF.

Starting From Cold

Note:- Do not put your foot on the accelerator pedal. 1. Pull out the choke control to the half-way position. (In extremely cold weather,the choke control should be pulled fully out, but returned to the half-way position as soon as the engine begins to 'hunt' (due to an over-rich mixture). 2. Rotate the starter switch fully clockwise and release the key immediately the engine fires. 3. Push in the choke control as far as possible without stalling the engine. 4. It is inadvisable to race a cold engine, but in order to reach normal running temperature quickly, drive away steadily as soon as the engine is running. Push the choke control home progressively as quickly as the warming engine will allow.


WARNING: Adhere to the running-in instructions given below.
  1. During the running-in period, do not allow the engine to exceed the following speeds and do not allow the engine to labour on hills. It is preferable to select a lower gear and use a higher engine speed than to allow the engine to labour at 1ow speeds. For the first 1000 miles (1610km) do not exceed 3000 r.p.m.; and between 1000miles(1610Km) and 1500miles (2415Km), 3500 r.p.m. Note:- After the first 500miles (805 Km), drain and refill the oil in the engine sump. Check the body retaining bolts for tightness. During the first 500 miles (805Km) do not apply the brakes fiercely. This initial bedding-in period will eliminate the squealing of brakes.
  2. Check the oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge and ammeter for correct functioning of the vehicle. Should abnormal reading be obtained, investigate immediately.
  3. When, starting from rest,always engage first gear (to start in a high gear would cause excessive clutch slip and premature wear). Never drive with the foot resting on the clutch pedal and do not keep the clutch depressed for long periods in traffic.
  4. The synchromesh gearbox provides a synchronised change into all gears. When changing gears, the movement should be slow and deliberate, when changing down a smoother gear change will he obtained if the accelerator is left depressed to provide the higher engine speed suitable for the 1ower gear, Always depress the clutch pedal fully when changing gear.
  5. Always apply the footbrake progressively, fierce or sudden application is bad for both car and tyres. The handbrake is for use when parking the car or when driving away on a hill and should be applied when at a standstill in traffic.