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Old 04 Jul 2013, 07:31 am
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Default How to drive Semi Automatic (Acura Tl)?

I have a acura 3.2tl 2001 and its a semi automatic. im not to sure how to drive it. it starts in 1st gear when i turn it on and shifts to 2nd gear by its self once i go past 20mph. When im on 2nd gear my speed is relative to my rpm meter. so like if i was going 60mph my rpm would be on 6 and when i go 60 on the freeway on 2nd gear my rpm gets very close to the red zone. so then i shift it to 3rd gear. and my rpm lowers and im able to go like 80 or higher on 3rd gear. so im guessing im doing that right?

But my real question is when is it time to shift down? i shift down sometimes on 3rd gear and you can feel a slight deceleration in my car but it kinda tugs you with it. and i know your suppose to shift down when you want to slow down, but at what speed should i shift down to 2nd gear w/o having that tugging deceleration or is that how it is suppose to feel? please help i dont want to mess my car up it has a nice engine and would be alot of money to repair if i mess it up.
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Old 04 Jul 2013, 07:47 am
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If the car is an Auto with manual shift capability it will most likely break if you drive it in the manner you suggested above and that 5-speed auto box is quite expensive to fix. If you are tapping gears once in a while, try not to redline the car too much - also a bad thing. It is a nice car with a peppy motor - just leave it in D5 and enjoy the ride
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Old 04 Jul 2013, 08:01 am
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When in "manual" mode, the car's computer won't let you redline the engine. It will upshift the transmission to prevent damage. But driving around in a low gear constantly keeping the engine rpms high will cause more wear and tear on the engine/transmission.
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