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Old 01-25-2015, 08:17 PM   #71
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^^^ nice write up!
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My focus has 12,000 miles on it, and during that time, the transition from first to second produced shudder, but somewhere around the 11,000 miles mark, the transmission smoothed out, and I have not experience shutter since then. I believe that this is due to the transmission not being entirely broken in. I drive mostly on freeway, so the clutch was not getting much use. During December, I made the concerted effort to drive only on surface streets, and use the clutch as much as I could, I figured, if you must fail, fail now. I also performed the "clutch scrubbing" technique, this eliminated the shuttering. Shudder should not be confused for low speed jerkiness, any DCT will jerk at crawling parking lot speeds. Shutter will be slippage during gear transitions, primarily first to second.
My 2013 with 30K is close to flawless during cold temps. Starting around November here in NC it got much better. My expectation is that around April we'll get back to the more normal quirky operation. I've even noticed the quirkiness when temps have gotten in the upper 60's during the winter. Maybe I need to move further north.. NOT!!
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My 2013 with 30K is close to flawless during cold temps. Starting around November here in NC it got much better. My expectation is that around April we'll get back to the more normal quirky operation. I've even noticed the quirkiness when temps have gotten in the upper 60's during the winter. Maybe I need to move further north.. NOT!!
That's one thing I've been watching down here, is how the car behaves when temps change. So far it's gotten up into the mid 80s a couple of days, and gotten as cold as low 40s in the morning. The transmission behaves pretty consistently regardless of temp in my neck of the woods.

Oh, and don't move north, I just came from the north.
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I can thank my wife for convincing me to move back to her home state of Florida. I've had my doubts, but man the winters sure are sweet compared to what I've been used to.
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Have you been watching the weather?
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I do keep an eye on the weather up there a little more now since it's my first winter in Florida. I don't miss any of it one bit. I'd like to see snow for maybe a day, and then I'd be ready to be back in warmer climates again. :-)
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thanks for this write up!
now that im leaving more space in the highway stop and go traffic it is way smoother.

I do notice though when I get off the highway it seems to stuttuer from 1st to 2nd and sometimes from 2nd to 3rd. time to take it to a dealer? or do other people have this happen?
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10 months and 20k later driving one, I think it can be summed up in 3 steps:

1. Pretend you are driving a stick and don't want it to "jerk" in first gear. Simply give it easy throttle at first and after coming off the brakes at low speeds.

2. When they say leave gaps in traffic, all that really means is don't instantly jump on the gas with zero room behind the car in front of you. Simply allow a full car length or two so you can give ease into the throttle like in step 1.

3. If you do have some mild shudder once in awhile, then do a "clutch scrub", a "Mario Tuneup" for your DCT... Simply floor it and leave it floored until it shifts at redline for as many gears as possible. I try to do this a few times a day while merging on to freeways. This helps "remind" the DCT's adaptive feature to remember it needs to clamp strongly for powerful shifts sometimes.

(Optional) Adding a $9 motor mount insert has completely transformed my car from feeling like a an old Civic with 200k miles to sporty and responsive, including the DCT. Yes, I might have a bad motor mount but it was that way when I got it at 18k miles. Former rental it might have been abused, but still, only 18k miles the motor mount shouldn't be bad. Now my engine doesn't rattle at startup, I get MUCH better take off traction and the DCT is acting far better.
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Old 03-05-2015, 10:32 AM   #80
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Excellent write-up, this has confirmed my feelings from driving the car that I just need to treat it as a manual, even though it's an automatic. I've seen several comments around the forums so far that the DCTs are "terrible transmissions" but I think that stems from a lack of understanding of how these things actually work. I've noticed getting off of the highway or idling at a light that the transmission works like a manual - it will slip backward if I've got my foot off the brake and throttle. For me this isn't an issue and I've quickly figured out how to behave in the car. Again, your write-up actually explains my assumptions, thank you!
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