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Old 14 Apr 2008, 11:31 am
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Default What gear do I use on hilly terrains?

I have an automatic 01 Honda Civic with no manual. I've always just driven it in D. There is also D3 and D2 after that. I just moved to the top of a very steep hill and I'm wondering if I should be shifting it to a different gear on my way up. Thanks in advance!
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Old 14 Apr 2008, 11:46 am
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Don't bother with it. If it needs more power , the car will automatically switch gears on its own. Thats the reason automatic was invented.
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Old 14 Apr 2008, 12:01 pm
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well if the car is up and down shifting alot I would take it out of overdrive and not work it so hard...
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Old 14 Apr 2008, 12:16 pm
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You don't experiment? That is what it is for. While I can't say for sure on a Honda, in other cars with an automatic (which there is L1 and L2 and Drive) if it is really steep, you put in L1(from a standing start), not so steep and already moving - L2 . You will feel the difference immediately. No harm done if you pick the wrong one (just less take off speed).The low gears (L2&L1 are for towing a heavy load too), without burning out the transmission.Be aware, that when you are in D3 or D2 you can not do the same top speed as D. You can start with the other gears and shift up to D while you are moving and vice versa. Get an idea what they do. If you are not pulling anything, D should be more than sufficient for your car (unless you were 4X4ing)
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I had a 97' odessy with a auto four on the steering column and i live in a very very hilly area i always used to drop the gear down from D to 3 before the hill as to reduce the strain on the engine always before the transmission would do it itself if the speed limit is 50 miles per hour you should not put the gear in 2 but just down to 3 you could also do this practice while passing in a civic it is a 1.7L engine thats not too much horsepower i would drop the gear to raise the RPM and reduce the stress on the drive train.
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