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Old 05-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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Really, really, really dumb question....

I have never driven anything with an automatic transmission - have always driven a stick. In my world, 1st gear is lowest, then 2, 3, 4 and overdrive.

So here's the question: in an auto transmission, which is the lowest gear - 1 or 2? When I downshift on the MH, can I drop it right to 2 or should I downshift to 1 and then 2 - or start at two and upshift to 1? I don't want to leave my transmission in a pile on the road if I do something wrong!
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1 is low, downshift one gear at a time, let rpms be your guide.
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I have never driven anything with an automatic transmission - have always driven a stick. In my world, 1st gear is lowest, then 2, 3, 4 and overdrive.

So here's the question: in an auto transmission, which is the lowest gear - 1 or 2? When I downshift on the MH, can I drop it right to 2 or should I downshift to 1 and then 2 - or start at two and upshift to 1? I don't want to leave my transmission in a pile on the road if I do something wrong!
If you have Allison transmission, it is pretty smart-won't let you downshift if the shift will cause your engine to over rev. I'm assuming you have diesel pusher.
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Nope - gas. Ford Triton V10
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:56 PM   #5
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My '99 has 1 (first), 2 (second) and D rive or 3rd. On the end of the shift lever is a button for Overdrive, or 4th if you will. You leave the light off. When the light is ON, is says "off'".

For 99.9% of your driving you will simply use D(rive). The trans will up/down shift when it needs to. With the OD light off, it will shift automatically into OD when your speed is high enough. On grades, it will downshift to 3rd when it needs to. On real steep inclines, it will downshift to 2nd.

On steep downgrades running at speed, you will want to turn the OD OFF (which turns the OD light on) just like you would from 4 th to 3rd on a steep grade with a stick.

If you have a newer Ford, the OD may be incorporated into the shift lever. You would have 1, 2, D and OD. Same operation, just use the lever,no button.
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Overdrive, 4, 3, 2 ,1
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on a newer V10 we also have tow/haul mode which changes shift pattern and enables you to use the engine as part of the braking system (downshifting to use the motor rpms to slow the vehicle). other than tow/haul i put mine in D and go. (Except when i need to back up of course)
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OOPS tow/haul is a push button on the end of shift lever --sorry
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