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Old February 17th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sportronic Mode Question

Quick question...

I read around the forums about this but I still don't see a straight answer.

1. Is using the sport mode on our cars causing more wear and tear on our engine (and I am asking this with the assumption that you use it correctly while driving around town, and of course I know when racing and shifting at 6k+ will obviously cause more wear).

2. Will downshifting on the highway to race someone do damage to the transmission?

3. Overall, should we not use sport mode? Pros/Cons here?

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Old February 17th, 2010, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The only way you will damage anything is be overrevving it. Simply shifting it in sportronic will not hurt anything. That's why its there. You also can down shift on the highway without worry cause in drive if you floor it it downshifts too. Only difference is you signaled the gear change not the ECU. Again just don't rev the shit out of it
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personally.. i have bene using NOTHING BUT SPORT mode for the last 2 years... the whole time ive had the car!

I switch to it during the middle of the drive, no problems and i havnt had any problems as far as wear and tear on the engine...

I run it pretty hard to. Mostly i shift at 3k every gear but when i do go all out i red line. I ALWAYS downshift... even though the car will down shift for you.. i do it mainly so i dont have to apply the breaks...

When racing on the highway you just have to be careful and know your car when you downshift in the lower gears! I made the mistake once by downshifting from 3rd to second on teh highway at 45 mph and floored it at the same time.... the engine just died and the fuel line cut out... its a saftey feature.

But i normally drop it down to 3rd at 50mph when racing on the higway.
it just takes time to get to know your car... and to this day i havnt had ANY trouble what so ever with teh engine... and i honestly run it pretty hard.. on the daily
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and what chaos said.. done over rev it!!!
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Quick question...

I read around the forums about this but I still don't see a straight answer.

1. Is using the sport mode on our cars causing more wear and tear on our engine (and I am asking this with the assumption that you use it correctly while driving around town, and of course I know when racing and shifting at 6k+ will obviously cause more wear).

2. Will downshifting on the highway to race someone do damage to the transmission?

3. Overall, should we not use sport mode? Pros/Cons here?

Thank you!
Not sure where you got your info from, but I think I'd have to disagree with all three. Think about it...you're using the same transmission whether you are in sport mode or not, the only thing you're changing is when it shifts. For example, downshifting on the freeway...what do you think happens when you put the pedal down when you're in auto? It downshifts...whether you do it or it does it on it's own doesn't matter the end result is the same. Granted, if you drive around in 2nd gear with the RPM's at 4k all the time I'm sure you'll wear something out faster or at the very least generate more heat than normal, but outside of that I don't see any cause for worry.

Also, on a side note: I think the ECU might use some different profiles when in sport mode as well, the car feels more responsive than it does in auto.
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i agree with Brianj about the car being more responsive in sport mode than auto
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^^^ Granted you don't have to wait for the car to make a decision on what gear to put you in cause you're already in the chosen gear, so I'm sure that having that "lag" gone makes the car feel faster...However, I still think there's alot more to it than that...it feels so much better...much smoother...faster.
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very true.. but one thing i have noticed is that there is sometimes a slight lag when switching gears.. or even down shifting.. for example...when you are giving it some power, you shift up and let off the pedal... and kind of let it sit there, suspended and then it will catch into the next gear... so it has me wondering if it needs some kind of difference in power feeds to switch gears faster... like, the greater the difference in power from gear to gear will cause it to catch more quickly...

idk, just something ive noticed recently...
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I am new to the sport mode and was wondering if you guys could help me with something. I am looking for the smoothest transition between gears? Any suggestions? Kazman says 3K and BrianJ says 4K through second, but what provides the most beneficial transition? Is there a specific RPM with each gear?

Thanks for you help in advance.
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You really just need to get used to the sound of the engine. Both are fine for regular driving. And to add to the conversation. I always rev match when I downshift. When you shift down, just give it a little throttle. When you get the timing right it will smooth it out completely. Instead of that nice "catch and put your head through the windshield" thing.
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I went from a manual to a slap shift in my Avenger (62TE) and it's definitely not the same as a manual. However, it's a nice feature for any automatic to have. I used it to hold gears on exits/onramps as well as passing and changing lanes. It's also good to use if you're ever afraid that you're not launching in first.

I'm not sure how the Mitsu trannies behave, but it's really good for passing on a 2-lane road. It lets you pre-select a gear essentially, so you can get in that gear before actually flooring it. Torque is applied faster to the wheels so you can accelerate faster. Some would argue that there is little to no performance difference between the two, but it really depends on the company that designed it. I personally found Chrysler's AutoStick to be pretty good. Not in the sense of performance, but how it's implemented. Instead of having to move the shifter forwards and backwards, it moves side to side. That way, when you go to shift, you literally slap it away from you.

It can also be good for icy/snowy conditions because it will let you start out in a higher gear, so you can control the wheel spin a lot better. Overall, it's better to have it on an automatic than not.
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