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Old 05-05-2017, 11:38 PM
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Driving Autostick

Is it ok to keep switching from auto driving to autostick driving back and forth?

I've driven standard for about 5 years in the past. My new JK is auto (regret not purchasing it on a standard). In order to keep my rpm low, I start with autostick (to put on third gear while still doing 30 km/h), then switch to auto (so I can drive on cruise control), then I switch to autostick when I come to stop (so I can engine break).

The manual says don't use engine breaking on slippery conditions because you could loose traction. I'm no mechanic, but I disagree. While one should never go from 80 km/h to second gear (in which case you would in fact loose traction as it would be the same as to slam on the brakes), but I seen nothing wrong with engine breaking as supplementary to normal braking, it's so much smother and saves the brakes in the long run.

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I don't think the computer nanny will let you do anything detrimental by manually shifting.

Try manually down shifting at freeway speeds. Pretty sure it'll only let you go so far before it ignores your manual selection.

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but I seen nothing wrong with engine breaking as supplementary to normal braking, it's so much smother and saves the brakes in the long run.
IMO its a nice feature when the warranty gots your back but brake pads are so much less expensive.

Great auto-feature for holding a gear during descents or towing and going down hills

Check out this thread: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/au...n-2015730.html
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Engine braking in slippery conditions or surfaces can cause the wheels to lock, causing the Jeep to loose traction/slide, and lose control, which would not happen if using the brakes instead, because of the ABS and other computerized nanny stuff.
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I don't think the computer nanny will let you do anything detrimental by manually shifting.

Try manually down shifting at freeway speeds. Pretty sure it'll only let you go so far before it ignores your manual selection.
Thanks for your input. I agree with you, but I meant causing damage via wear and tear by constantly shifting from auto to autostick, not downshifting/upshifting at inappropriate speeds. Cheers.
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Engine braking in slippery conditions or surfaces can cause the wheels to lock, causing the Jeep to loose traction/slide, and lose control, which would not happen if using the brakes instead, because of the ABS and other computerized nanny stuff.
Yeah, I thought of the ABS, but didn't think of wheels locking by engine braking. Makes sense, thanks a lot, that explains! Cheers.
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IMO its a nice feature when the warranty gots your back but brake pads are so much less expensive.

Great auto-feature for holding a gear during descents or towing and going down hills

Check out this thread: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/au...n-2015730.html
Well, part of me is subconsciously hoping the tranny blows up, so I can justify replacing it with a manual tranny. Thanks for the thread link, had been looking 4ever and didn't find any.
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Yeah, I thought of the ABS, but didn't think of wheels locking by engine braking. Makes sense, thanks a lot, that explains! Cheers.
Be glad you learned it this way.. I learned the hard way.. On a motorcycle..While making a left turn..
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Well, part of me is subconsciously hoping the tranny blows up, so I can justify replacing it with a manual tranny. Thanks for the thread link, had been looking 4ever and didn't find any.
You will get used to the auto trans in time, and when that time comes you will likely love it.

I drove manuals for over 35 years and felt a little off driving my auto Wrangler but now I really like it.
IMO the Wrangler manual trans is sub par, even my manual Patriot was better. Plus it's a shaking rattling can of bolts, I don't miss that at all.

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