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Old 05-18-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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Thanks for this. Very comprehensive, and easy to understand.
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How Ford diagnoses your noisy, shuddery transmission:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96P6xEN30qI
(I think their parameters regarding throttle input are kind of ridiculous)

And what is involved in replacing the clutch pack if Ford decides it's needed:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVJnNPbjjjs
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Just writing this for folks who are unaware of why their Powershift transmission is giving them a poor driving experience, and to help those who may not realize the differences between it and a typical automatic transmission. While such experiences seem to be reducing recently, it still seems some folks are coming here complaining of issues that can be fixed by driving the vehicle differently.
This is an excellent primer on driving this transmission. it occurred to me that the transmission's "self-training" cycle is also a foot-training exercise for the driver although what you describe as appropriate technique is pretty much what I've always done - peddle technique for driving manual shift cars.
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Thanks very much Joeywhat! This aligns with my experience driving my new 2014 SE.
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This is fantastic. I have been driving my 2013 for over a year and always felt the transmission was "crappy", but didn't really take the time to understand why it was behaving differently from a normal automatic. Now I realize that I was driving it completely wrong, gunning the throttle, pulling back, then gunning it again. No wonder the transmission was so jerky!

It's really cool, the car really feels unique now, and I think I will be able to get even better performance out of it now that I know how to drive! I am just going to take it for a drive around the neighborhood to practice what you showed me!
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This is a really good description of how to drive in essence a computer operated manual transmission. You just have to be so much more mindful with the pedals because there isn't a torque converter to dampen the stresses. The BMW world I've been in went multiple rounds with its version, the SMG, and the debate and diatribes are so similar. Computer technology has taken over from the pure machinery aspect of cars and then add trying to make a profit by the brands and the dealers (and the tensions between them) and we have a classic perfect storm scenario.

My questions (to anyone who might know) is about the so called adaptive strategies the computer develops in the early miles of use. In the first 1000+ miles on my 2014 I have noticed the trans learning what to do in order to accomodate for speed, RPMs, load, and so forth. It's getting better and better at handling the various situations once its has seen them a few times. But if you confuse it in the learning phase, can you ever get that 100% undone and blank slate or are you forever patching over maladaption? Does it stop learning at some point (brain just gets full) or is it continuous (like average MPG calc)? Whats going on inside that black box??
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FWIW, Felix, you can have the shop restart the process if you don't like where it's gone.

I've got 29k miles on my 2013 and except for some uncertainty at very low speeds it does just what I would have done if i was shifting. I seem to be able to humor it with the accelerator - coax it to upshift when i want. I think it's really slick.
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I think I have the secondary roads figured out with respect to the DCT. Not 100% on highway acceleration though. As in how to get the DCT to downshift without punching the RPMs suddenly past 4k. Any tips?
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Excellent writeup here. Although I haven't personally experienced the typical DCT driving issues that your narrative addresses. I'd done a bunch of research on the DCT and how it really works before buying my 2012, so I knew what I was getting into beforehand. Since I bought the car, I've also relearned some nearly forgotten techniques I was taught when attempting to learn manual shift back in the early 1980s (the car I attempted to learn on was my brother's 1978 Chevy Monza that easily had the world's deepest clutch, which is a big part of the reason I never quite got comfortable enough with manual shift to buy a car with one for myself).
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This is a really good description of how to drive in essence a computer operated manual transmission. You just have to be so much more mindful with the pedals because there isn't a torque converter to dampen the stresses. The BMW world I've been in went multiple rounds with its version, the SMG, and the debate and diatribes are so similar. Computer technology has taken over from the pure machinery aspect of cars and then add trying to make a profit by the brands and the dealers (and the tensions between them) and we have a classic perfect storm scenario.

My questions (to anyone who might know) is about the so called adaptive strategies the computer develops in the early miles of use. In the first 1000+ miles on my 2014 I have noticed the trans learning what to do in order to accomodate for speed, RPMs, load, and so forth. It's getting better and better at handling the various situations once its has seen them a few times. But if you confuse it in the learning phase, can you ever get that 100% undone and blank slate or are you forever patching over maladaption? Does it stop learning at some point (brain just gets full) or is it continuous (like average MPG calc)? Whats going on inside that black box??
You can disconnect the battery for 10-15 minutes to reset that.

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I think I have the secondary roads figured out with respect to the DCT. Not 100% on highway acceleration though. As in how to get the DCT to downshift without punching the RPMs suddenly past 4k. Any tips?
I don't understand what you're getting at. It's supposed to go up in RPM when you downshift, are you just trying to get it to downshift, but not accelerate as quickly?
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