Shifting an automatic


#1

I have a 2007 Honda Accord with automatic transmission and live in an area where there are a lot of hills. Is it okay to manually shift from D to 3 or 2 when the car is in motion to slow its speed going downhill or when coming to a stop or will it cause premature wear and tear?


#2

Look In Your Owner’s Manual !


#3

Downshifting is ok to manage your speed on long hills, but its not something to do as you come to a stop.


#4

Downshifting is fine, just dont drop it down if you are doing 80 mph

transman


#5

Exactly, Texases


#6

texases is right. The only reason to do it is on long downhills or very steep, slow downhill runs. Gearing down to stop is not advisable. About only time I used the shifter in an automatic is to gear down in preparation for blasting out of a low speed turn when I am in a hurry. It is particularly useful to avoid the awkward lurch on uphill tight turns.


#7

And it is a good idea to lock out the overdrive while driving in hills. I don’t mean on the freeway.