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shift to 'N' at traffic light?


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newbie2004

Posted 31 December 2005 - 12:42 AM

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I am driving auto gear car. My question is should we shift to 'N' whenever
we stop at traffic light? Doing so will damage anything? Or will it safe
fuel comsuption? Any general guildlines now when to shift to 'N' and when
not to?

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mych

Posted 31 December 2005 - 04:44 PM

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It is good practice to shift to N if stationary, P for parking.
Leaving it in "D" will cause the AT some stress

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Posted 31 December 2005 - 09:18 PM

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It depends on how long you will be waiting.
If only for a while, changing in and out of gear will be worse.

rdgs,

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H2O

Posted 01 January 2006 - 10:04 AM

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I think is depend what car...

if u shift D ur car is moving (u didn't press fuel paddle) then when u
stop, it is better to shift in N ... common sense will tell you if in D,
AT force the car move and u press the brake to stop it ... in long run
what will happend???

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mych

Posted 01 January 2006 - 04:11 PM

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Well shift to N and use the handbrake.

Seen too many times adi that the driver shifted to N did not perform any
form of brake/hand brake.. the car slid back and for those lucky one the
driver for the vehicle behind start to horn.. those slow drivers end up
banging the car at the back!

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wja6227

Posted 01 January 2006 - 08:40 PM

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adam7979

Posted 02 January 2006 - 08:26 AM

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"Seen too many times adi that the driver shifted to N did not perform any
form of brake/hand brake.. the car slid back and ......"

haha, never seen any, this is too rare ....

btw, auto transmission's mechanism allows a few minutes of pressing-brake-
only-without-shifting-to-N instead of having to "P" or "N" + hand brake. P
with no handbrake or footbrake is *personally* strongly not recommended.

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supermag

Posted 03 January 2006 - 09:33 AM

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my kenari manual says to shift to N if stop for a while. and i am
observing that shifting to N saves fuel, instead of using brake and gear
in D4 while waiting at traffic light.

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mych

Posted 03 January 2006 - 11:22 PM

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adam7979,

Perhaps the roads you normally travel does not have gentle slopes...
those cars do slide backwards so slow that the driver does not even feel
it.

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TsLeng

Posted 04 January 2006 - 12:35 AM

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When stationary in D, the AT will slip, and AT are made to slip, so no harm
done.

Frequent shifthing from D to N and vice versa will cause more wear and tear
on the shift mechanism.

But of course, if stationary for a long time, put into N. And I've seen
crazy ppl put it into P at traffic lights(you can know if the reverse
lights come on for a blink)