You should only shift gears on your auto during bad weather. During the winter I always have to put mine into 2nd or 1st gear because we get mad snow out here in SLC, and I live on a damn mountain. When you switch into these gears, it will prevent the use of the higher gears which will give you more control of the car.
You shouldn't switch your gears when just driving normally. Eventually, your automoatic tranny, will be screwed.<img src=icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle>
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IR2 is correct. An automatic transmission was not designed to be shifted manually like that. That kind of defeats the purpose of an "automatic" transmission, now doesn't it? <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> 1 2 3 D, or whatever the set up may be.... Going down a mountain, you would put it in 3 or 2 to use "engine braking", which slows the car down without stepping on the brake as much reducing wear on the pads. Also going up a mountain, you can shift to 2 and you will see that the car will hold the gear and go up much faster then leaving it in drive and having it constantly down and upshift. Do that if the mountain is higher then a 45 degree angle. In the snow, (I have a 5 spd), so i just put it in 2nd gear and get out no problem. Dont know about automatics too much though in the snow. If I get stuck, I put the 4wd on my Jeep and chug right along while the elantra stays in the garage, all safe and sound. <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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