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Automatic 5 speed, ever try to use forth gear?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 10silvertaco, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Sep 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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    10silvertaco

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    Hey there,

    I was driving up the moutain last weekend. Some of driving up the hills. I didn't bother to use fourth gear. My friend told me it will be better to use it before overheating. He doesn't have pickup truck, just regular front wheel drive. Let me know.
     
  2. Sep 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM
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    I use 4th just to limit some of the additional shifting, also it is a little more peppy :D
     
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    4th is fine. Your engine will be working harder in a higher gear trying to go uphill. Your friend is on crack. Lol JK


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    I too use 4th to go up hills in the mtns. Is there a speed that I shouldn't go over while in 4th though?
     
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    You can go as fast as you want (within legal limits :devil:) if you want, you just pull higher RPM's
     
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    i use 4th when towing a load and going downhill, to slow things down. I would not worry about shifting into 4th going uphill unless you are experiencing constant shifting from 5th to 4th.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2009 at 2:05 PM
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    I use 4th gear as well when going up a serious grade. It allows the truck to maintain a steady RPM instead of shifting all of the time when the grade changes. I also use lower gears on the AT when I'm driving downhill on snow. It helps maintain a lower speed without having to brake all of the time.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2009 at 2:28 PM
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    Yep. Exact reason why I use 4th going up mtn hills.
     
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