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6557 Walzem Road San Antonio, Texas 78239 Call 210-239-1600
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What Is A Manually Controlled Automatic Transmission?


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Most automatic transmissions offer the driver a certain amount of manual control over the transmission's shifts beyond the obvious selection of forward, reverse, or neutral. Those controls take several forms:

Throttle Kickdown: Most automatic transmissions include some means of forcing a downshift into the lowest possible gear ratio if the throttle pedal is fully depressed. In many older designs, kickdown is accomplished by mechanically actuating a valve inside the transmission. Most modern designs use a solenoid operated valve that is triggered by a switch on the throttle linkage or by the engine control unit (ECM) in response to an abrupt increase in engine power.

Mode Selection: Allows the driver to choose between preset shifting programs. For example, 'Economy Mode' saves fuel by upshifting at lower engine speeds, while 'Sport Mode' delays shifting for maximum acceleration. The modes also change how the computer responds to throttle input.

Low Gear Ranges: Conventionally, automatic transmissions have selector positions that allow the driver to limit the maximum ratio that the transmission may engage. On older transmissions, this was accomplished by a mechanical lockout in the transmission valve body preventing an upshift until the lockout was disengaged; on computer-controlled transmissions, the same effect is accomplished by firmware. The transmission can still upshift and downshift automatically between the remaining ratios: for example, in the 3 range, a transmission could shift from first to second to third, but not into fourth or higher ratios. Some transmissions will still upshift automatically into the higher ratio if the engine reaches its maximum permissible speed in the selected range.

Manual Controls: Some transmissions have a mode in which the driver has full control of ratio changes (either by moving the selector, or through the use of buttons or paddles), completely overriding the automated function of the hydraulic controller. Such control is particularly useful in cornering, to avoid unwanted upshifts or downshifts that could compromise the vehicle's balance or traction. "Manumatic" shifters, first popularized by Porsche in the 1990s under the trade name Tiptronic, have become a popular option on sports cars and other performance vehicles. With the near-universal prevalence of electronically controlled transmissions, they are comparatively simple and inexpensive, requiring only software changes, and the provision of the actual manual controls for the driver. The amount of true manual control provided is highly variable: some systems will override the driver's selections under certain conditions, generally in the interest of preventing engine damage. Since these gearboxes also have a throttle kickdown switch, it is impossible to fully exploit the engine power at low to medium engine speeds.

Second Gear Takeoff: Some automatics, particularly those fitted to larger capacity or high torque engines, either when '2' is manually selected, or by engaging a "winter mode", will start off in second gear instead of first, and then not shift into a higher gear until returned to D. Also note that as with most American automatic transmissions, selecting "2" using the selection lever will not tell the transmission to be in only 2nd gear, rather, it will simply limit the transmission to 2nd gear after prolonging the duration of 1st gear through higher speeds than normal operation. The 2000-2002 Lincoln LS V8 (the five-speed automatic without manumatic capabilities (as opposed to the optional sport package w/ manu-matic 5sp) started in 2nd gear during most starts both in winter and summer by selecting the "D5" transmission selection notch in the shiftgate for fuel savings, whereas "D4" would always start in 1st gear. This is done to reduce torque multiplication when proceeding forward from a standstill in conditions where traction was limited on snow, or ice covered roads, for example. Some automatic transmissions modified or designed specifically for high performance drag racing may also incorporate a transmission brake, or "trans-brake," as part of a manual valve body. Activated by electrical solenoid control, a trans-brake simultaneously engages the first and reverse gears, locking the transmission and preventing the input shaft from turning. This allows the driver of the car to raise the engine RPM against the resistance of the torque converter, then launch the car by simply releasing the trans-brake switch.

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