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    Dear friends,

    I recently got delivery of my new Civic Prosmatec. I have never driven an auto transmission before. Though I have learnt the basics now, but still have a couple of questions:

    1) Do I always need to press the button on the shift lever when shifting?

    2) When stopping for a minute or two at a traffic signal, should I keep it in D mode or change to N?

    3) Which position should I select when going uphill or downhill?

    Thanks in advance.


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    1) Do I always need to press the button on the shift lever when shifting?

    If it has a button / lever, then yes

    2) When stopping for a minute or two at a traffic signal, should I keep it in D mode or change to N?

    Put it in P or N- For quick stops, keep your foot on the brake. P>R>N>D

    3) Which position should I select when going uphill or downhill?

    Uphill- Just keep driving in D, if the climb is too steep, then 3 or 2. That will lock the gears, so it won't keep on upshifting / downshifting.
    Same applies to driving downhill.

    i.e descending Kallar Kahar- Keep it in 2. Make sure that your speed is very low before shifting to 3,2 & 1 from D.


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    @faiz.aslam.121
    Thanks bro for the help. The owner's manual says there is no need to press the release button when shifting from N to D or vice versa, but I haven't tried it yet

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    you dont have to press the lever for all gear changes it is only required when shifting to R Or P from N or D.the gear allows u to shift between N and D without the need of pressing the lever but it has a built in feature that locks and does not allows u to go back to R or P
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    and since u are new to Automatic transmission the key will not come out unless the gear lever is on P arking and only use your right foot for acceleration and braking using both is not the right way,once get used to it u will love the automatic transmission.
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    Yup most important one by @pizza .... Use only ur right foot

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    Answers from my side:
    1) Do I always need to press the button on the shift lever when shifting?
    Ans: No, just if you are in P mode and for R mode.

    2) When stopping for a minute or two at a traffic signal, should I keep it in D mode or change to N?\
    Answer: The best for you is to put it into P mode.

    3) Which position should I select when going uphill or downhill?
    Ans: Usually, in Honda when you put your foot away from the accelerator and then accelerate again, the car will automatically adjust the gears according to the uphill or downhill.

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    well all questions have been answered in detail already and the most important point was using right foot....
    some drivers think keeping it on N or P mode saves fuel but it isnt so.. RPM remains same so no use
    Only if the stop is bit long or u want to give some rest to ur foot u can use N or P mode, otherwise D mode with foot on brake is better as it allows quick movement once the signal turns green
    i have been driving manual transmission since i learnt driving.. this civic 9th gen is my first prosmatec and using it for almost 2 yrs now and simply love it... ull also start enjoying it soon
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    Thank you everyone :-)

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    Faiz.Aslam reply for question # 3 is best & safe practice, plz keep it in routine practice. During downhill normal mode "D" shifts gear according to speed and u have to control this through breaks, it could be dangerous, could be cause for break shoes burn issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faiz.aslam.121 View Post
    1) Do I always need to press the button on the shift lever when shifting?

    If it has a button / lever, then yes

    2) When stopping for a minute or two at a traffic signal, should I keep it in D mode or change to N?

    Put it in P or N- For quick stops, keep your foot on the brake. P>R>N>D

    3) Which position should I select when going uphill or downhill?

    Uphill- Just keep driving in D, if the climb is too steep, then 3 or 2. That will lock the gears, so it won't keep on upshifting / downshifting.
    Same applies to driving downhill.

    i.e descending Kallar Kahar- Keep it in 2. Make sure that your speed is very low before shifting to 3,2 & 1 from D.


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    When on traffic light; it makes sense to shift to "N" when you have to wait for a minute or so;
    No need to select the "P" mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwm749 View Post
    When on traffic light; it makes sense to shift to "N" when you have to wait for a minute or so;
    No need to select the "P" mode.
    rather i would suggest you to switch off the engine
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    I read this on another website;

    N mode + Parking/hand brake is the best combination (no wear on transmission and life of brake lights is not shortened)

    N mode + foot brake (shortens the life of brake lights)

    D mode + foot brake (transmission wear and shortens the life of brake lights)

    P mode is same as N mode with transmission locked with a mechanical 'pin'. Should not be used without locking the wheels with brake because this 'pin' can wear and break. Trying to hold the car at stop with P mode is equivalent to stopping the car with a 'pin' that locks the transmission shaft. Can put a lot of stress on this pin if the car is on incline ,etc. so P mode should always used with brakes just like N mode. I would like to think that P mode doesn't exist for the driver and it is just meant for the car's computer to use P when you switch off, AT breakdown, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spano View Post
    ^^^

    The best explained replies to the questions.
    No the answer to the very first question is absolutely wrong ... i wasnt expecting such an endorsement from a senior member like u !!
    button needs to be pressed only if u wanna shift to R or P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunhonbun View Post
    No the answer to the very first question is absolutely wrong ... i wasnt expecting such an endorsement from a senior member like u !!
    button needs to be pressed only if u wanna shift to R or P
    You are right about button. But he explained and took time to type
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    I don't know what Is wrong with pakwheels these days
    Just replied in such a great detail and everything just disappeared when I clicked submit reply !
    Lol it took me more than 10 mins to write everything in detail
    However most of the members have already answered the main questions

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    D 3 uses first 3 gears
    The car is not locked in 3rd gear only
    In 2 yes its locked in 2nd gear only
    First gear is not automatically used even at a speed of 2 km / h
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spano View Post
    You are right about button. But he explained and took time to type
    Quote Originally Posted by sunhonbun View Post
    No the answer to the very first question is absolutely wrong ... i wasnt expecting such an endorsement from a senior member like u !!
    button needs to be pressed only if u wanna shift to R or P
    I've never driven a civic auto, so had no clue there is a button there , not sure if it's there because Prosmatec doesn't have Gate type gears ?

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