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Old 12-21-2007, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pulse and glide with Caravan automatic (actually EOC)

I've been wanting to try Pulse and Glide with the van. Actually turning it off and coasting. I tried coasting in Neutral with the engine on but I don't think that it actually works at highway speeds.

My manual says

TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
With Ignition Key
Your vehicle may be towed under the following conditions:
The gear selector must be in NEUTRAL, the
distance to be traveled must not exceed 100 miles (160
km), and the towing speed must not exceed 44 mph (72
km/h). Exceeding these towing limits may cause a transmission
geartrain failure. If the transmission is not operative,
or if the vehicle is to be towed more than 100
miles (160 km), the vehicle must be towed with the front
wheels off the ground.

Damage to the transmission may occur if the following
precautions are not observed:
• Shift into PARK only after the vehicle has come to
a complete stop.
• Shift into or out of REVERSE only after the
vehicle has come to a complete stop and the
engine is at idle speed.
• Do not shift from REVERSE, PARK, or NEUTRAL
into any forward gear when the engine is above
idle speed.
• Before shifting into any gear, make sure your foot
is firmly on the brake pedal.

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Old 12-21-2007, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, if your foot has to be firmly on the bake pedal - I think that means no P&G. At leaset not with the engine off.

I've been doing what P&G I can with engine idling in neutral. My owners manual lets me shut down if coasting up to 40 mph but I usually don't like to do it. Gotta use the battery to restart, headlights blink out to upset other drivers, etc. etc.

I don't have a ScanGauge or SuperMID so I can't prove that coasting with engine idling saves fuel, but I think it does. But obviously not as much as if you can shut it off!

I'm pretty sure my next car will have a standard tranny. Thing is, Volvos last approximately forever so it may be quite a while.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd say P&G for this in Neutral is not an option.
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I'd say P&G for this vehicle at highway speeds isn't worthwhile anyway. Just a hunch, but I bet the transmission losses under accel (and the inability to control for load) combined with the aero losses during the coast at higher speeds would make it an awful lot of work for little or no gain and arguably more wear. I could be wrong - haven't tried it with the SG in this type of vehicle.

Lower speed engine off coasting is another issue. I've done some in my brother's Chrysler minivan (same as yours, but not sure if his V6 is the same displacement as yours) - approaching stop signs, that kind of thing. You probably already know the steering is MASSIVELY heavy on the van without assist. Brakes are A-OK for one or 2 reserve-assisted applications, of course.

Also, you probably already know you can get to neutral with a palm-forward "push" of the lever, right? (Pushing away and slightly up.) No need to pull the lever to get to N. The "push" movement minimizes the risk of selecting R or P by accident.
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I'd say P&G for this in Neutral is not an option.
Well, this is up to interpretation. "Firmly on the brake pedal" translates to a safety issue -- we don't want the generally public choosing a gear without being ready!

Perhaps a "mild" P&G scenario can develop. My car has the same limitations in the manual, but I've engine-off coasted for over a year, at speeds up to 70 mph. Knock on wood -- no problems after ~20K miles (130K total miles).

I've EOC'd in late-model Caravans and found that they don't like initial D-to-N shift, and after startup, the shift back into D (including an attempt to rev-match). It feels like a harsh engagement. The steering is VERY stiff too -- as I'm sure you may have noticed.

An decent increase in FE can be attained with engine-on coasting. P&G is up to interpretation/testing in this case...

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Old 12-21-2007, 08:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think that as long as the speed is less than 44MPH than it shouldn't be a problem. My question is how long is the 100 miles. Would the 100 miles reset after you started to drive again or is the 100 miles for the life of the vehicle? I tried P&G with engine off today and set the SG2 in Hybrid mode. I think I'll keep it up in the city and avoid it on the highway.
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The P&G with engine on does not work at high speeds. I verified this on my way from Mississippi to California. Although the SG2 reported about 30mpg I only got about 26. As far as engine off goes I'm not gonna try it on the highway only in the city.
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I'd say P&G for this vehicle at highway speeds isn't worthwhile anyway. Just a hunch, but I bet the transmission losses under accel (and the inability to control for load) combined with the aero losses during the coast at higher speeds would make it an awful lot of work for little or no gain and arguably more wear. I could be wrong - haven't tried it with the SG in this type of vehicle.

Engine off coasting is another issue. I've done some in my brother's Chrysler minivan (same as yours, but not sure if his V6 is the same displacement as yours) - approaching stop signs, that kind of thing. You probably already know the steering is MASSIVELY heavy on the van without assist. Brakes are A-OK for one or 2 reserve-assisted applications, of course.

Also, you probably already know you can get to neutral with a palm-forward "push" of the lever, right? (Pushing away and slightly up.) No need to pull the lever to get to N. The "push" movement minimizes the risk of selecting R or P by accident.
What kind of MPG did you get in your brothers van?
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I don't know - it wasn't SG equipped.

Make sure you won't be in any situations where you may need to steer quickly - I'd try it first (steering, engine off) away from traffic if you haven't already. You may change your mind.

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My question is how long is the 100 miles. Would the 100 miles reset after you started to drive again
I would say it resets. It's likely a lubrication issue -as soon as you start the engine, you're OK again. Oily bits re-oiled. (But don't sue me when it falls out the bottom of the van, OK? )
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The steering was diffictult. I won't use it during turns only on straight aways. So basically when I'm EOC it's like towing a disabled vehicle according to the manual right?

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