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Old 07-22-2008, 11:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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automatics in neutral?

Can u coast in neutral in an automatic?

I know the engine braking is slowing the car down.

I do it in my stick allthe time but those freakin auto trannies

mystify me.

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Old 07-22-2008, 11:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Should a read more

Sorry for this post ..looked and there was already one that covered this.
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yup, you can neutral coast in an auto, i do it all the time.
be really careful about shifting in/out of neutral.

if you are going to EOC rember you can only restart your car in neutral or park.
make sure the neutral position is working properly somewhere that won't be a problem if you have to come to a complete stop.

shifting past neutral into reverse is bad, and very easy to do in my car. that said it is not as bad as in a manual shift. at 45mph it only skretched the tires for a split second. then stalled my engine. the tourqe converter alowed enough slip to coast till i could get it back into neutral and restart.

i destroyed my first volkswagon's manual trans. downshifting past first and going into reverse by accident first week with the car.
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Yeah, you can, but...

Don't turn your motor off if you're going over... say, 20 MPH... or you'll burn up your tranny.

The pumps need to be working, and the oil circulating, even if you have it in neutral!
are you sure? i've never had a problem. maybe i don't own my cars long enough to see the effects.
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Not all A-trannies are created equally. Advice I go by is if the manual says it can't be flat towed then neutral-engine off coasting is probably not a good idea. Otherwise, neutral-engine on coasting should be fine.

Results may vary, but if you don't know the towability then leave the engine on to be safe.
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good idea.
i guess i will check my manual, before i do any more real damage.
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BDC, thank you for your educated opinion as well.
as for me, i am getting a little bored with sputnik, i have had this fine mini van for almost a year, and i really dont need such a big car. i think i will keep living on the edge.

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