When should I use which gear?

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  • When should I use which gear?


Answer #1 | 02/01 2014 13:15
Put it in D-3 for normal everyday driving. Read the manual on how to use the other gears.
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Answer #2 | 02/01 2014 12:54
No you should drive in D most of the time, Yes you can change while moving. Reasons to change. If you are going to overtake and want a pre change before you go so you do not have to wait for the kickdown. I drive a 4 speed auto and often slip in a down shift before an overtake. Since it is a turbo diesel it gets the turbo spinning up before the overtake. If you are traveling and the gearbox is hunting. (Changing up then immediately down again. ) Select the lower gear to make the ride more comfortable and stop the hunting. This is common is hilly country. Some people recommend manual shifting when towing but I never bother with this.
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Answer #3 | 02/01 2014 13:20
First gear (1) and second gear (2) are only used when moving in MUD or deep snow to get out of your drive-way. Leave the transmission gear selector in drive for the best fuel economy. *Drive is the only gear *overdrive works for high speed highway driving and best fuel economy.
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Answer #4 | 02/01 2014 13:25
owners manual is the way to go really.
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Answer #5 | 02/01 2014 12:53
Well, here is another person with a "new" car that has never heard of the car manual, a rather mystery of American car culture. All cars have a manual. All manuals, or most of them, appear to be online as well for free. You did not identify this car but the information you need is in the manual. D is for Drive. What you ask is troublesome because if you do not know what these other gear are for then do not experiment for you can damage the transmission, you can lose control of the car and crash. Either way, not pleasant options. Generally speaking. From a dead stop, L is use for keeping the gear in LOW gear. Low gear is used when in specific conditions such as moving slowly in slippery conditions. The gear labeled "2" is specific to this car. Read the manual. This car probably has an overdrive in the D selection. Going to "3" means a downshift also called "engine braking." However, using this on other than dry surfaces at speeds higher than 30 MPH can cause a skid. Without the car being identified I cannot do any research. DO NOT use any other gear selection until you know exactly how and when to use these gear selections. If possible, find an adult, an experienced driver and tap their knowledge. Since most people DO NOT READ the car manual and have zero interest in cars other than to drive them, this person you us needs to be a sort of car aficionado, a car expert, so to speak. Glad you asked BEFORE you went out and did something that could have placed you in danger. One important aspect of any transmission that is TOTALLY neglected by drivers is the N gear selection. N, for neutral, IS THE ONLY GEAR SELECTION THAT DISCONNECTS THE ENGINE FROM THE TRANSMISSION. Why is this important? In years past some Toyota owners were crashing cars due to uncontrolled acceleration. Most crashed. Many died. Their uninformed state negated THE ONLY step that could have saved them, N for neutral. To step on the brakes WILL NOT STOP THE CAR. Car brakes are not designed to work against an engine creating power. Learn as to N as well as the other gear selections. Read the manual and get personal help.
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Answer #6 | 02/01 2014 15:09
If you stay in 1 it wont shift up and 2 and 3 that same. D3 will go from 1 to 3 but not 4. Unless you plan on towing something just stay in d4
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Answer #7 | 02/01 2014 12:37
Read your owner's manual.Easy answer is that if you do not know what 3,2, and 1 are for, best you stick to P, R, and D. You will never need the others. It is an automatic transmission, and will shift into whatever gear it needs.Is it ok to change while driving? Sometimes. Not always.

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