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Old 01-11-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Counting more than 3 shifts in my 03 Auto??

Okay, I may sound stupid here, but I thought a 4 speed w/overdrive meant 3 gears, and an overdrive gear as the 4th, right?

When I drive, I'll count 1-2, 2-3, 3-4... then another shift? My RPMS drop another time.

Do we have locking torque converters that would cause it to stop slipping and drop my RPMs another ~1000 RPM?

A friend mentioned something about some auto transmissions having "high and low gears", which, frankly, I'm not buying.
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It should be 4 gears plus overdrive making it like a 5 speed. Your shifter should have L,2,3,D that's 4 gears plus overdrive.
4th is the overdrive. He is experiencing 3shifts, then the torque converter locking up. Many thinks its another gear, which its not.
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It should be 4 gears plus overdrive making it like a 5 speed. Your shifter should have L,2,3,D that's 4 gears plus overdrive.
I'm not math major but L-2-3-D is only 4 gears

OP, what you're probably feeling is the torque convertor locking and thinking it's a shift point. I know the 2nd Gens have a locking torque convertor and you can feel when it locks/unlocks. I'm not if the first gens have that though.
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I'm pretty sure your feeling the torque converter locking up as previous posts suggest. I feel it in my 2013 everyday. I also own a f350 powerstroke, and in 3rd when torque converter locks I lose 300 rpm and it really feels and sounds like you switched gears.
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4th is the overdrive. He is experiencing 3shifts, then the torque converter locking up. Many thinks its another gear, which its not.
That's what I was thinking. So our 1st gens DO have locking torque converters?
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That's what I was thinking. So our 1st gens DO have locking torque converters?
Yup.
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4th is the overdrive. He is experiencing 3shifts, then the torque converter locking up. Many thinks its another gear, which its not.
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I'm not math major but L-2-3-D is only 4 gears

OP, what you're probably feeling is the torque convertor locking and thinking it's a shift point. I know the 2nd Gens have a locking torque convertor and you can feel when it locks/unlocks. I'm not if the first gens have that though.
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That's what I was thinking. So our 1st gens DO have locking torque converters?
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Thanks!

Looks like I was late to this party. All the info is spot-on for what was being felt. All normal.
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