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Old 07-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #81
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Am on the first long trip with this car. Several times going down long grades of 6% or so the transmission downshifted and sent the rpms to 3500 or so. Once it down shifted twice and rpms went to 5000 or so.

What should one do in these situations to get it back in the proper gear?
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:24 PM   #82
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Am on the first long trip with this car. Several times going down long grades of 6% or so the transmission downshifted and sent the rpms to 3500 or so. Once it down shifted twice and rpms went to 5000 or so.

What should one do in these situations to get it back in the proper gear?
Were you in sport mode at the time? The transmission was giving you engine braking by going into a lower gear (or two). Just hit the + button, if you have that, or shift into Drive to upshift.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:29 PM   #83
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Were you in sport mode at the time? The transmission was giving you engine braking by going into a lower gear (or two). Just hit the + button, if you have that, or shift into Drive to upshift.
No, I've never used sport mode. (to be honest, I'm not quite sure how or why or when to use it.)

It was in drive every time, foot off the gas pedal coasting down the grade.
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No, I've never used sport mode. (to be honest, I'm not quite sure how or why or when to use it.)

It was in drive every time, foot off the gas pedal coasting down the grade.
I thought the transmission downshifted like that only in sport mode, but maybe it does it in drive if the hill is steep enough??
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It's probably done to keep your speed, to avoid using brakes.
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Enjoy it. It is doing what it is supposed to do. Engine braking so you won't over-heat your brakes. 5,000 rpm is fine.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:26 AM   #87
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Enjoy it. It is doing what it is supposed to do. Engine braking so you won't over-heat your brakes. 5,000 rpm is fine.
Okay, I won't worry about it. (But how does it know how fast I want to go? If I hit the gas will it upshift "knowing" I want to go faster?)
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My car has NEVER downshifted when going downhill with the transmission in D, only in S. Furthermore, I would be extremely upset if there was no way to opt out of it. I enjoy having the option to shift into S, but to have it happen in D would be silly. In fact, I don't think I've ever owned an "auto" that downshifted as aggressively as the Focus does in S, downhill or not. Again, this is a great thing as far as I'm concerned...as long as I can bypass this by keeping it in D when I feel like it.

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Okay, I won't worry about it. (But how does it know how fast I want to go? If I hit the gas will it upshift "knowing" I want to go faster?)
When you tap on the gas it will keep the RPMs high for a sec or two for acceleration and then it will downshift.
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Took a quick look in the manual. There's apparently something called Grade Assist which seems to be on all models. When Grade Assist is activated, there's a light that gets illuminated on the dash. It looks like a car on a downhill slope. Note that Grade Assist works for both uphill and downhill driving. You activate it manually by pressing on a button on the left side of the shift lever.
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