I have a collagen disorder that means my tendons get hurt really easily. I drive very gently - accelerate gradually, coast to a stop, use brakes gently, etc. However, I’m concerned I might be wearing out the transmission because it is really hard for me to keep the gas pressed down continuously; this hurts my Achilles tendon. I frequently let up on the gas briefly (less than a second) to give my tendon a break. I also take my foot off the gas when going downhill (but maintain a constant speed).
It’s not like I’m revving up and slowing down; it’s more like I’m keeping a constant speed but occasionally letting my tendon recover.
Is this something the adaptive automatic transmission would learn to deal with? Just not to downshift during those times when I’m maintaining a constant speed but taking my foot off to let my tendon/foot rest? Or is that just going to be bad?
Just wondering if this is a sign that I’ve been wearing out the transmission: I’ve driven the car about 30K miles and it started shifting hard today (while outdoor temps around 100F for the first time this year), and I smelled a burned rubber smell for a few minutes a few weeks ago when driving in heat. Planning to get the automatic transmission fluid drained and filled/changed.
I do a lot of my driving on a non-highway road where the average speed is about 50 but there are frequent stop lights and I need to adapt to other cars frequently. Not sure what to do about how I can’t physically drive like most people.