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Old 01-04-2013, 11:27 AM   #31
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KeS - Up until Speed posted the OM section in a different thread, I always pulled in D3 if over 3-4000 lbs as my truck never stops shifting (or lock/unlocking TC) Literally changes every 10 seconds or so all day long. I always thought that the continous shifting is what caused heat in the tranny and I thought that a tranny staying in one gear would be much easier on the clutches than shifting 100+ times an hour. (in the long run) But my thinking is not correct according to the OM. I mistakenly used D3 like the tow/haul button on a GM.

It sounds like you have a similar belief that "hunting for gears" is not the best thing for the tranny??
A transmission is a wear item, and it wears by shifting. Sitting there shifting every couple of seconds is NOT good for its duty life. Running locked in 3 MAY not be either, and for Honda it may be worse than a constant shift pattern. But I doubt it, and it is certainly not true for all cases. I'm comfortable with my use of my Ridgeline under my conditions. If I towed heavy loads a lot, I'd try to get a more definitive answer. Trying to extrapolate from single sentences in the OM is not going to get us very far.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #32
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Re: Accelerating in D2

I know that during development of the RL, they towed at speeds of 100 mph+. I suspect they used the D position for that.

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/f...&postcount=220

In fact, if you start reading that thread along about the point of that link, you'll find some interesting info about towing with the RL.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #33
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I know that during development of the RL, they towed at speeds of 100 mph+. I suspect they used the D position for that.

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/f...&postcount=220

In fact, if you start reading that thread along about the point of that link, you'll find some interesting info about towing with the RL.
Yeah, you want to see D3 overheat, try that!

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:54 PM   #34
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Re: Accelerating in D2

Has anybody who has the hunting / "constant shifting" tranny experience ever noticed any correlation with the Ridge's AC compressor kicking on/off?
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Has anybody who has the hunting / "constant shifting" tranny experience ever noticed any correlation with the Ridge's AC compressor kicking on/off?
Mine does not correlate. I usually shut off the A/C manually unless I need it. It still hunts. Mine will actually hunt out on the flats without a trailer if the wind is blowing. Especially at higher speeds. I went to Branson, MO across I-44 a few weeks ago at about 80mph (its a little hilly, but not bad) and mine was constantly shifting - to the point that my wife asked me if something was wrong and wondered if we would make it home.
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Not so much. Mercedes around the rest of the world are mid-level sedans owned by do-it-yourself enthusiasts and taxi companies.

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Re: Accelerating in D2

Is the OP from snow country?
I am a D2 user.
I read somewhere D2 is good for accelerating on slippery surfaces. Of course you should shift up to D for cruising.

(In snow and ice conditions I usually turn off the traction control and spin the tires...this behavior aggravates my wife. Her reaction always amuses me)

I use D2 when I leave the house in the morning. There is a half mile hill that ends at a "T" intersection, with a light, that usually requires you to stop.
I use the D2 to hold my speed at 25 not touching the gas pedal. Most people like to go down the hill faster. They have to brake hard at the bottom of the hill due to the usually red light and the 45 degree curve just before the light. There is a 15 mph speed limit. This is a condo complex, we own the road.
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