Results 1 to 7 of 7

Is it bad to drive in third gear?

This is a discussion on Is it bad to drive in third gear? within the Automatic Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; I feel like my car settles into(a4) overdrive too quickly in city driving( 30mph-40mph). So I've been leaving it in ...

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    BERWYN ILLINOIS
    Age
    39
    Posts
    49

    RED/ORANGE
    99 TRANSAM

    Is it bad to drive in third gear?

    I feel like my car settles into(a4) overdrive too quickly in city driving( 30mph-40mph). So I've been leaving it in 3rd gear. To me it feels more responsive. Am I harming my transmission?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Jacksonville, FL
    Posts
    2,725
    Not in city driving 30-40 MPH, did it all the time when I had 2.73's. By settleing into OD you talking about TC lockup? At steady throttle that'll occur somewhere between 42-45 in 4th I believe with a stock tune.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Tyler_LS1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Canby, Oregon
    Age
    29
    Posts
    2,121

    Pewter
    1999 Camaro SS-M6 #1775

    No I believe its better for your car because its not shifting in and out of 4th gear constantly.
    1999 Camaro SS/ Pewter/ #1775 - LS1 6-speed - Predator 3 Custom Tune - Pro 5.0 - LS7 Clutch - 3.90's - Koni's - Strano Springs and Sway Bars - SFC's - Full UMI Chassis and Suspension - LS6 Intake PnP TB - ARH LT's and Kitty Ran Away - Magnaflow.

    12.6 at 112

    http://www.fquick.com/Tyler_LS1

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    BERWYN ILLINOIS
    Age
    39
    Posts
    49

    RED/ORANGE
    99 TRANSAM

    Yeah. It locks up around 40mph. Is 40 the dead spot for A4 F bodies? I usually shift it back to overdrive at around 50mph.

  5. #5
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    BERWYN ILLINOIS
    Age
    39
    Posts
    49

    RED/ORANGE
    99 TRANSAM

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler_LS1 View Post
    No I believe its better for your car because its not shifting in and out of 4th gear constantly.
    Yeah, thats what I was thinking.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Age
    44
    Posts
    413
    The only thing your hurting is gas mileage. And that shouldnt be by much.
    02 TA A4
    408ci - 244/250/612/622 | PRC 237 heads | FTRA |100mm lid | FAST92/92 | Kooks 1 7/8 | Hooker CB | DMH Cutout | built trans | Yank4000 | 412 motorsports tuned | stock rear:judge:

    08 TBSS - Borla CB

  7. #7
    Junior Member MNR-0's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Australia
    Age
    48
    Posts
    80

    BLACK
    2004 Monaro

    Thats exactly what I do in 35MPH speed limited zones. I have a hi-stall and lockup at at 35MPH is good for mileage and for the trans. I also run 3.73 gears.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Gear drive for ls1
    By 99formulals1 in forum Internal Engine
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-29-2008, 05:04 AM
  2. gear drive
    By burnt_rubber in forum Internal Engine
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-18-2008, 10:38 PM
  3. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-01-2007, 06:18 PM
  4. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-19-2006, 11:57 PM
  5. gear drive question?
    By roadrashr6 in forum Camaro / SS
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-09-2006, 09:20 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •