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kickdown gear

hfdhfd Member Posts: 2
edited November 2019 in Subaru
have 2006 tribeca.Runs great but when i need to go up hill and accelerate the kickdown gear is hard,loud and abrupt.Is there any way to adjust this.


  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAMember Posts: 9,400
    Well, if you're stomping on it to accelerate hard, you might be experiencing a bit more than the usual downshift that an automatic transmission will do when it needs to. Say you were starting up a hill, just cruising along. The load increases, and the transmission will drop down a gear. If the hill gets steeper, it may drop down another gear as needed. But if you're starting up the hill and try to accelerate hard, you're probably going right past that first downshift, and yes, that might feel hard, loud and abrupt. Your want the speed to increase (you're accelerating) and the transmission has dropped into a lower (probably two) gear, so the engine will rev much higher, things will sound louder, and it's not likely to be a smooth process.
  • hfdhfd Member Posts: 2
    Not hammering gas pedal.It will kick in without much acceleration increase.Seems like it kicks in too quick.When you are going up a slight increase and step down a little to get a little more speed it will kick in.The first and second dropdown are real close together.If you are not real careful it will downshift into second kickdown when you don't really need the first.The first is livable .But people look at u like an idiot when car takes off like a rocket when all you were doing was trying to get around them.I've been driving 45 yrs and fairly knowledgeable about cars.This just don't seem right.Could be the second downshift is too clos to first downshift.Any ideas? tks in advance
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