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Friend didn't use drive.

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    Friend didn't use drive.

    Have trouble seeing at night night. The other night a friend drove us home in my car. After about 45 miles, I noticed that she had the car in third, unstead of drive. Could this have damaged the trans. I have a 2000 T/A.

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    no, it shouldnt

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    I always drive around town in 3. Wont hurt anything but the gas mileage.

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    So then when you are in drive, it is actually overdrive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onyx_rock
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    Quote Originally Posted by PATTYLS1
    So then when you are in drive, it is actually overdrive?
    yea "D" is 3rd and the D with the box around it is overdrive (4th)

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    What's "R" for. hahahaha
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    That's correct, "3rd gear" is Drive, and 4th is the "D" with the box around it, it will not hurt anything.

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    what kind of driving was she doing, highway? around town?

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    Drove about 45 miles on the highway.

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    There is no problem at all to use 3,especially around town or when driving in hilly terrain.It's actually easier on the transmission, it eliminates the 3 to 4 upshift in that position.The 3-4 clutch is a known weak link in the 4L60E transmission.

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    Not a problem, don't worry about it man

    Its the equivelent of leaving a 6 speed manual in 5th instead of 6th on the highway, no harm done, just uses more fuel.

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    R is for racing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ND2SPD
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    actually there is 1, 2, 3, D so 3=3rd and D=4th, on the A4 1999 TA that I have.
    What I like about driving at 3 around city is that between 50-90 miles I can punch it and it revs up much quicker.. if I was on D, at 60mi/hr it would down shift take half a sec to stall, and then it's good. so bottom line if you have A4 just keep it in 3 on the
    tranny when you see a good candidate that wants to race. you'll take off at least .5 sec faster that having it in D.

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    also check your drivers manual, it will say more gas usage per mile if in 3 but, ohh well.. When I race on highways I want to have the best chance to win
    I'll throw in the extra few cents for that

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