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Old 10-04-2012, 04:03 AM   #1
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Mountain Driving.

So I'm a new JKU owner and this weekend I'm going to an apple orchard in the mountains here in Va. My question is if there is anything I should do while driving up and down the roads? I have an automatic trans and I don't want to burn it up going up steep grades. Is this where the over drive button comes in? Thanks guys.

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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In my tj I put it in second up and down the mtn. Just coast. If people get behind you they can chill. Its the weekend who has anywhere important to go.

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Old 10-04-2012, 09:23 AM   #3
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To be honest, it is almost something that you learn based on the terrain you are wheeling in. Each area is different and requires a different scenerio. As far as going up steep grades I would downshift to a lower gear and same goes for going down a steep grade. Let the engine do the work, not your brakes. We have all sorts of road signs here in Colorado that remind use "Hot Brakes Fail" and it is true. The O/D in my opinion is more for towing when you want less strain on your engine with all the weight you are hauling. But I do use mine here and there going up a moutain pass on the highway just to make it easier on the engine. Oh yea, if you do decide to downshift going down a hill, make sure to slow your speed before just shifting otherwise you are going to dump your transmission. So if you are going a good speed in "D", slow down a bit before going into "2".
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #4
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Use Lower Gear

^ pay attention to the signs. Keep it balanced between brakes and engine, and youll be alright. As said, shift after youve slowed (or at the TOP of the hill, not half way down).

Going up youll be just fine.
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