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Old 06-15-2015, 12:59 PM   #1
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Travato/Revving and shimmying and oil change!

Hello all,
I have three questions about the Travato. We have been busy camping these last three months since we bought her. We now have 7500 miles on her. Some questions for the group.
1) We occasionally get an over-revving of the engine when going downhill. We live in the mountains and travel steep mountain passes very frequently. Sometimes it seems the transmission/engine doesn't want to shift from the uphill to downhill. We have tried upshifting/downshifting/applying more gas/and even hitting the brakes. Anyone else experience this?
2) Since day one we get a "shimmy" between 40-45 miles an hour. Is this common for anyone else?
3) When the heck are we suppose to change the oil. Near as I can tell from the online manual, we are suppose to wait until the instrument panel tells us so.

Ultimately I have an appointment with Dodge on Wednesday and will keep you posted. Just wanted to see if the group had any insights.


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Old 06-16-2015, 04:13 AM   #2
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It seems the transmission is programmed to downshift..I found if I kept pressure on the gas I could sometimes stop that..
The shimmy seems like an alignment problem..tires wearing? ?
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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With cruise on, the engine/transmission should try to hold your speed going downhill. It will downshift and rev as necessary to do that.

If you are off cruise control, it should "free-wheel" and may pick up speed.

A shimmy at a certain speed sounds like alignment issue. Never let these things go very long, as you'll ruin the tires and they won't be covered under warranty.
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