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Old 10-10-2012, 11:49 AM   #8
cobie56
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Originally Posted by Joeywhat View Post
What likely happened is that the car disengaged the clutch as you came close to stopping, and at precisely the same time you tried to accelerate. The computer has to reengage the clutch before you can go anywhere, and by the time it was able to do so you likely were given it more throttle then desired, which is why it took off like it did.

I can repeat this "issue" in my car at will. I don't believe it's an actual problem with the car, rather you just need to make sure to time your stops so you are not attempting to accelerate when the car is almost stopped. Either give it just a bit more time to reengage the clutch after releasing the brake, or come to a complete stop before accelerating again. This is just something the DCT does, as it has clutches and not a torque converter. A traditional automatic would always stay in gear, and connected to the engine, allowing for such operation, whereas our gearbox does not.
I agree w/ what you wrote but it should not have to be this way... perhaps the DCT should have been engineered to disengage the clutch at a much lower speed , or not anticipate the stop and only disengage when the car actually does stop or, as in when using a manual, allow some 'slippage' so that these abrupt actions do not occur. The way things are now it's at best, annoying and at worst, dangerous. I have found that the only positive thing this 'issue' prevents is california stops which are uncomfortable w/ the present set up as the clutch can't 'read' the driver's intentions so it disengages when its engagement is needed most pushing the driver to make an actual full stop.
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