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Old 01-11-2009, 10:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
Tony Raine
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bono, AR
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Daily Driver - '01 Ford Explorer Sport
90 day: 18.12 mpg (US)
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on my 2001 ford explorer sport (5r55e auto trans, the AODE/A4LD's replacement), here are my observations:

EOC = bad idea
N-coasting (engine on) = ok, if under 35 mph
"rev matching" (to go back into gear from N) = bad idea

when i coast to a stop sign/red light, i shift into N right under 35 mph. if i stop, i leave it in N, but shift into D when i know i'll have at least 3 full seconds for the trans to "find" gear, without pressing the gas. same if i have to take off again without stopping. shift into D, wait 3 sec, then start lightly on the gas.

btw, i came to these conclusions based on what didn't make my trans bang and jerk horribly into gear.
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