i need to learn AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION!!! quick ques

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jrober, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. jrober macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    Sorry, couldn't resist it. All that talk about "driving with the parking brake on" and "change up between 20,000-30,000 rpm"! We shouldn't poke fun at those who have weak left leg muscles. So...

    I need to learn Automatic Transmission!!! Any advice pls.:D ?

    P.S. For those in lurve with the "Auto" follow these rules: "Parking Brake Off" and "Change up before the red line". If your car goes to 20,000-30,000 rpm it may be a Gas Turbine Rover P2 and therefore rare and you shouldn't learn in it.

  2. minimalistic macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2006
    Santiago, Chile
    Mmm..not much advice I can give you, driving Automatic transmission is pretty easy. Just make sure you are not on Reverse when wanting to go straight..hehe
  3. baxterbrittle macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2005
    Nice One:) I wish my manual would do 20 - 30k RPM. As it stands it only does 8,500! Which is already quite a bit for a car.
  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Dont forget the clutch to turn it on! :D
  5. jrober thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    To help myself I would say don't left foot brake!

    Not that I do it normally but that useless left appendage sometimes takes over when bored and brakes. Silly thing thinks it is a clutch and then you wonder why the car stalls when slowing for a junction.

    "Taken from Stick Shift for Dummies:
    Clutch - Device used by learner drivers and old grannies to smoke out neighbourhoods with lots of hills. Produces what is known as that nice Ferodo smell."
  6. auyongtc macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Here are the gears as found on your automatic stick:

    P - powerslide/drifting gear
    R - rainy/wet weather gear
    N - neutral, of course
    D - dry weather gear (not drifting gear)
    2 - 2-wheel drive gear
    L - low grip gear

    You will notice that you need to press the button on the stick to shift from N to R to P, because you don't want to engage those accidentally. The same goes for going from D to 2 and to L. But coming from L gear to 2, D, or N and from P to R, or N doesn't require the button to be pressed while changing.

    Have fun :) :D :D :D
  7. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    I usually drive manual and the thing that always surprises me is that when you're in drive the car will move, even if your not accelerating. Just be sure to keep that foot near the break!
  8. baxterbrittle macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2005
    No no no, what you do is see - put the car into (L)earner gear, depress right pedal to floor, release hand brake - Pull on handbrake to slow car. Always keep foot planted on right pedal otherwise car will stall.
  9. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Well seeing as you've got left foot braking down :p the best way to get a quick getaway in an automatic (akin to dropping the clutch on a manual) is to hold the brake with your left foot, then gently press the accelerator to load up the torque converter, once you've done that... you should be able to dial in to 3,000-3,500rpm which is usually in the ballpark for the best launch revs on most cars, then drop the brake pedal like you would the clutch, it gets rid of that annoying slack that all automatics have when you put your foot down. ;) :p
  10. RugoseCone macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2002
    It never fails, whenever I rent a car it turns out to be an automatic transmission and at least once I end up slamming my left foot on the brake, in an attempt to engage the clutch.

    Thankfully I'm usually alone when this happens, but it has occured on at least one occassion with a car full of people.
  11. Black&Tan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2004
    No, you've got it all wrong. Automatic means you don't need to monitor the road, the car does it automatically. You're free to gab on your cel phone, read the newspaper, shave the 5 o'clock shadow, apply make-up, drink your coffee, get orally gratified, and eat a bowl of cereal with milk.

    And I've seen all the above happen on the interstate at 50-85 mph.
  12. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens




    :eek: :eek: :eek: :) :D
  13. jrober thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    I know to press the "Sport" button when listening to Football (Soccer) on the radio. But can anyone tell me where the ice comes out. I keep pressing the "Ice" button and there is nothing in the glove compartment. Is this related to the fact that my windscreen washer bottle is empty? Still with the car on Auto I can mix my evening cocktail as I head home after a hard day at the office but I do miss the ice.

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