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Old 30 Jun 2013, 07:04 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. aa
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Old 30 Jun 2013, 07:20 am
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No, you are shifting too late.

The red zone is danger, not where you should shift.

You should have shifted by 4, not 6.

That is 4,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm.

And you should shift to 2nd by 15 mph or so.

Not shifting soon enough wastes gas and slightly reduces engine life.

But you don't want to shift too soon either.

Normal driving should be between 2500 and 4000 rpm.

Down shifting should not be hardly noticeable.

You don't want the car to lurch or engine to race.

You just want to match the engine to the car speed, gracefully.

So while you rev to 4000 when up shifting, you would not want to force the engine to 4000 rpm when you down shift.

More like 3400 rpm.

So if you up shift to 2nd at 15 mpr, you would down sift to 1st at 10 mph or so.

But I don't really know what transmission you have.

I know they have an automatic with a paddle, that when you push to the left, you can do a up/down shift manually by pushing forward or back. There is also a continuously variable transmission available in the hybrid. But I don't know about any semi auto transmission?
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