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Old 09-09-2014, 10:48 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Pulse and glide with an A/T basically means getting it up to speed so as to get it into a higher gear, then taking your foot off the gas pedal completely, until you need to accelerate again. It amounts to "coasting" while still in "Drive".
In some cases, but not always. For example, Honda automatics will hold it in gear and engine-brake if you leave it in D. That's not coasting. When I drive the Odyssey, I'm constantly shifting D-N-D-N to get any real coasting.

Some vehicles' transmissions are programmed to go into a nearly neutral state automatically, like what you're describing. GM trucks come to mind from my experience.
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