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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 6th October 2014, 22:39 Thread Starter
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Wondered if any member knows ,does leaving the auto box in drive do it any harm ,say at traffic lights or road works.I generally engage N or P but I've got a feeling the missis just leaves it in D.cheers.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th October 2014, 01:34
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No don't think so because I do it

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th October 2014, 08:06
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The torque converter which sits between the engine and transmission will, at tickover, prevent drive from reaching the gearbox. So as long as you do not keep revving, no harm will be done.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th October 2014, 08:10
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I think you will cause wear on the clutch as the auto doesn't completely separate the clutch plates when you are stopped. That's why you have creep with auto boxes.
I always knock it into neutral if I'm going to be stopped for more than a few seconds.

Some automatics force the car into neutral when you stop. I remember having an auto Astra which did that.

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Many thanks for the replies, I had feeling it wasn't best to leave it in drive .The auto box is one of the antaras strong points ,it may be thirsty but silky smooth.cheers.
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My understanding is that most, if not all, automatics do not have clutch plates at all! What they have is a hydraulic device called a torque converter and this is what causes creep when stationary. It is this device that smoothes out what would otherwise be sudden gear changes.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 7th October 2014, 22:01
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Ooopppps then I have to stop doing it then I have always done it with my automatics thanks next time I will just put it in park

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 8th October 2014, 02:57
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Good link here from Rospa on Auto boxes with Torque convertor as fitted to Antara

http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/adviceandinformation/driving/automatic-gearboxes.aspx



an extract from itStops in traffic, at junctions and at traffic lights leave the selector in D. There is no need to move into neutral, as no damage will result. You may wish to set the parking brake if the pause becomes a wait but your decision will depend on the circumstances.


I would add, This however does not apply to the vehicles with an electronic gearboxIE DSG EGC etc these have a conventional clutch or two and preselect and change gears electronically and should be treated same as a manual.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 8th October 2014, 13:26
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Good link here from Rospa on Auto boxes with Torque convertor as fitted to Antara*

http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/adviceandinformation/driving/automatic-gearboxes.aspx



an extract from it*<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">Stops in traffic, at junctions and at traffic lights leave the selector in D. There is no need to move into neutral, as no damage will result. You may wish to set the parking brake if the pause becomes a wait but your decision will depend on the circumstances.</span>
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<span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">I would add, This however does not apply to the vehicles with an electronic gearboxIE DSG EGC etc these have a conventional clutch or two and preselect and change gears electronically and should be treated same as a manual.</span>
Thanks how's the car doing and more importantly how's you

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 8th October 2014, 15:40
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All good by here if not just take more morphine then everything wonderful again . Car doing brilliant, just watching day time temps and once consistantly below 10 degrees throw winter tyres on.

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