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Old 05-15-2008, 11:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by blackjackel View Post
Also, for city, are you saying I shouldn't accelerate slow? I should give it a good push to get the torque converter to lock early? (not floor it, but yeah).

There's going to be an envelope. Accelerate too slowly and a bigger percent of travel time and distance will be spent in lower less efficient gears. Accelerate too quickly and you could be running open loop and you'll also be producing a lot of extra heat that doesn't necessarily translate into forward motion. The challenge is to find the sweet spot and that could vary with load and terrain.
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