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i have been reading thought the threads and a couple of people have said that if they need to get up to speed quicker just shift into 3rd or 2nd. i thought those extra gears on a auto were for tourq, ie getting up a icey hill or getting out of the snow. is this not the case?
 

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Originally posted by tfd666@Aug 30 2004, 10:37 AM
i have been reading thought the threads and a couple of people have said that if they need to get up to speed quicker just shift into 3rd or 2nd. i thought those extra gears on a auto were for tourq, ie getting up a icey hill or getting out of the snow. is this not the case?
The only use I had for the shifter when I had an auto was to drop it into 3rd when I needed to pass somebody on the highway, other than that (and the snow / ice situation) shifting an auto is useless.
 

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use it on steep grades where traction is an issue....thus using the load on the engine as a brake rather than a friction-based deviced such as your calipers/rotors. The benefit is obviously reduced risk of tires locking up and therefore more control of the car.

Shifting an auto over time wears it out, autos were designed to shift themselves and going against the grain is never good in the long run. - t
 

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what about shifting it from D to N at a red light? Ive been doing it alot lately but have stopped when a friend told me he use to do it in his bimmer but has also stopped because he found out online that its bad for the engine/tranny. Anyone know anything?
 

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I'd like a good explanation of how disuse of the automatic transmission wears it out. Thanks.
 

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ditto, especially since this is an electronically controlled transmission.

Can you shift it from D to 3 or to 2, sure. Go right ahead. Just be aware that you dont drop it down when you are too fast for that gearing (Check your owners manual, its there). I drop it to 3 all the time for passing, or 3/2/L when traffic slows so I dont have to ride the brake. Shifting it from L-2-3-D manually will not make you any faster

Phungy, what is the point of doing this? Dont tell me your leg gets fatigued at a simple stoplight. You wont save anything by doing this, and you could potentially cause damage if you try to drive off, forget its in N, and drop it to D.
 

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yeah... refrian from Neutral drops! LOL... but as far as shifting down... sure it wont destroy the tranny... but it does it on its own so why bother? ... i'd rather replace $15 brake pads than a $2000 tranny.... thats just me.
 

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Downshifting helps the car slow down more smoothly and with less wear and tear on the brake system...another tip from my dad, who has driven many more cars than I have and has never had transmission problems...
 

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When I had my auto-blazer in college I always had to shift down to 2 when going down hills in the winter. An SUV that heavy for some reason had very poorly designed brakes, they could never quite get the job done on some of the steaper hills in the snow and ice. More then once I had to stear into a snow bank to avoid rear-ending someone.
 

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Originally posted by basilisk4@Oct 13 2004, 10:47 PM
Downshifting helps the car slow down more smoothly and with less wear and tear on the brake system...another tip from my dad, who has driven many more cars than I have and has never had transmission problems...
that is a perfect example of what you SHOULD do on mountanous roads, if you have a lot of ups and downs, especially downs, because if you keep using the breaks, they can heat up and lock up, so there...you have no breaks. As far as I know, if you use it rationally -> while flying down a hill, don't shift into L, the engine helps your car slow down, and especially in snow and ice, maintain traction. So.....$15 break pads, or $2000 for tranny or a wrecked car on a side of a cliff b/c your breaks overheated? Well, I'll chose to take a risk and pay tranny repairs as opposed to being in a world of trouble.

But yeah, most of the time, I see no reason to shift an automatic....that's what it's there for.....to shift for you.
 

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If you shift an Auto all the time...stop pretending. Live with your mistake, and make the right decision next time. But if you just do it to like pass people on the freeway then you should do that.
 

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Voltairecim..

I know you're new here, but please don't go ressurecting 2 year old threads for no reason. Thank you.
 

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Originally posted by serith@Mar 1 2006, 12:08 AM
Voltairecim..

I know you're new here, but please don't go ressurecting 2 year old threads for no reason. Thank you.
Hrm. I was wondering how this thread just popped up and got so many replies so fast... Ha! Didn't realize it was old until just now.
 

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Originally posted by serith@Mar 1 2006, 12:08 AM
Voltairecim..

I know you're new here, but please don't go ressurecting 2 year old threads for no reason. Thank you.
He only joined 2 months after you did



Anyway, I don't think shifting with an auto will get you anywhere faster like someone above mentioned.

Basically, when you hit the gas hard, it automatically redlines every gear, no?

So what does shifting manually will do for your auto...? Wouldn't it be just... WORSE?
 

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Well then donna, I'll take that back. He's not new, just a "not-so-active-member". His 22 post count threw me off a bit.

Seriously though, when you ressurect an extremely old thread to add nothing of vaule, that's really irritating. Here I am thinking I should re-read the entire thing, just to see someone add "yeah, I totally agree.", for no reason. It's a real kill-joy.
 
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