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Old 09-06-2005, 11:17 AM   #1
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The truth about manually shifting an auto

okay, first off i know manually shifting an auto serves no purpose b/c it doesnt make you go faster, but i have another question:

sometimes when i am in rush hour traffic and come to a stop, i'll put the car in 2 and just go through the traffic like that to prevent the car from shifting back and forth from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd sometimes.........but when the traffic lets up, i'll just shift it back into drive from 2.

now, is doin that bad for the tranny in any way?
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

when you have it in 2 the tranny will be in gear 1 or gear 2 if neccesary. nope not bad for anything.
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nope not bad for anything.
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when you have it in 2 the tranny will be in gear 1 or gear 2 if neccesary. nope not bad for anything.
yeah, so when i'm in rush hour traffic and keep goin from 0-20 then back down to 0 then back and forth like that i was wondering to eliminate the tranny shifting if i could just keep it in 2 and go in 2nd gear until traffic lets up and i can actually start speeding up then just shift it back into drive, not racing it or anything, just to eliminate as much shifting as possible.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

it still shifts.
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it still shifts.

whaddya mean?

if i put it in 2 and take off, it takes off in 2nd and just tachs up, doesnt it?
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

nope its starts in 1 and shifts to 2 and does not go to 3 or 4
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nope its starts in 1 and shifts to 2 and does not go to 3 or 4
really?

so why if i put it in drive and stomp on it, it launches so much harder than if it were in 2, and doesnt redline where 1st would usually redline? i always thought it took off in 2nd if you put it in 2 b/c if in drive, it launches way harder and tachs up way faster.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

i remember my V6 auto, if you were in 2nd it would drive from 2nd, and hold the gear. but it won't allow you to manually downshift if you are too high a speed to safely downshift.
i do belive 04stang is right.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

I'm with 04stang... if I have it in 2, it launches much slower than if it's in 1. No shifting occurs at all.
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i remember my V6 auto, if you were in 2nd it would drive from 2nd, and hold the gear. but it won't allow you to manually downshift if you are too high a speed to safely downshift.
i do belive 04stang is right.
so does just leaving it in 2 and shifting out once you get moving a bad thing?
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

not at all
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

you do get the 1 gear if needed if it is not needed it wont give it to you but in 2 the 1-2 shift i there under normal circumstances.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

If you put it in 2 you will start in 2nd. I do this in the winter when it's real slippery out.
For me 1st with 4.10's in slick conditions is not fun.

It will hold 2nd gear in 2.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

Yeh...dunno where you're getting your info from Steve, but it stays in 2nd. I use it in the rain b/c my enjoys sliding around.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

just dont shift it all day everyday and you should be fine.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

when I'm cruising stop light to stop light, some times I leave it in 1st...
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

Talk about wasting gas....
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Talk about wasting gas....
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it still shifts.
I'm with you on that cause even if you were in 2nd in the Tempo, it would still start off in first.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

the only problem is that holding it at high rpms, or a lot of shifting can cause a lot of heat, which is a transmissions worst enemy
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I'm with you on that cause even if you were in 2nd in the Tempo, it would still start off in first.
Dom, Steve, anyone, if you want to find out, drive down here to Mississippi, I'll put my car in seconda and you'll realize it doesn't shift. I use it often when it's slippery outside to control the car from spinning, if it shifted from 1st to 2nd, I would not be able to do this. Go look in your instruction manual, it will tell you that the transmission will stay in 2nd gear.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

Yea definately stays in second, when I had my 98 V6 I always did it when I was in bumper to bumper traffic.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

my tbird(4r70w) would stay in 2nd if you selected 2nd. i used 2nd when it was really wet in the mall parking lot(super slick) or else id get insta-sideways.

even if you came to a stop it would still be in 2nd. it would take off super slow, but it would never downshift into 1st, even if you went WOT from a stop in 2nd. and if you redlined it, it wouldnt shift to 3rd. same with 1st. maybe its a 4r70 thing.
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

Just did the test and Yep took off in 2nd every time no shifting at all !
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

Um...if you leave it in 2nd, it still shifts back and forth from 1st to 2nd. If you leave it in 3rd, it still shifts from 1st to 2nd to 3rd. JUST LIKE leaving it in o/d, IT STILL SHIFTS from 1st to 2nd to 3rd to 4th...I know this from driving through parking lots leaving it in second and holding it at a desireable rpm so my exhaust sounds better. When I stop, it shifts back down to FIRST and then back up to second but only second. It still launches the same cause I've taken off with it still in 2nd because I forgot to shift it back up until I realized my engine was over reving and not going any faster and didn't feel a bit of difference....um...common sense to me. Anyone else? If it stayed in second, it would lag like a mofo until the rpms got up.
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Um...if you leave it in 2nd, it still shifts back and forth from 1st to 2nd. If you leave it in 3rd, it still shifts from 1st to 2nd to 3rd. JUST LIKE leaving it in o/d, IT STILL SHIFTS from 1st to 2nd to 3rd to 4th...I know this from driving through parking lots leaving it in second and holding it at a desireable rpm so my exhaust sounds better. When I stop, it shifts back down to FIRST and then back up to second but only second. It still launches the same cause I've taken off with it still in 2nd because I forgot to shift it back up until I realized my engine was over reving and not going any faster and didn't feel a bit of difference....um...common sense to me. Anyone else? If it stayed in second, it would lag like a mofo until the rpms got up.
Ford must've put different trannies in different cars then. I used my take off in 2nd tonight, and yes, it bogs the engine down pretty good, gotta give it some gas to get going but it doesn't spin.
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Your chip may have something to do with it brad... cause its suppose to downshift....
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If you start in second it will stay in second PERIOD !!!! END OF STATEMENT.
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If you start in second it will stay in second PERIOD !!!! END OF STATEMENT.
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before my programmer, it would stay in second, this sums it up nicely:
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Re: The truth about manually shifting an auto

It has always, and will always start off in 2nd when I put it in 2nd. Damnit, if you guys don't believe me...drive the hell down here and I will give you a ride.
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Corey knows about it staying in second. We should videoed that race, hahaha.
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