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This is my first modern Ford auto transmission... I live at the top of the Niagara escarpment in Hamilton Ontario, my morning drive always includes a descent down the 8% grade on a somewhat winding 2 lane road. Usually, I'm jammed up behind a bunch of ding dong's doing 30km/h while riding the brakes. In my old Sprinter with it's NAG-1 5 speed autobox, I'd routinely downshift to 4th or 3rd to get some engine braking down the hill, and avoid riding the brakes... especially with some weight in the van. I have noticed that in the Transit, if I use the rocker switch to lock out, say, 4-6 gears, the van will continue to more or less sit at idle or slightly above and provide no engine braking whatsoever. If I stab the throttle, the revs will come way up, since I'm locked in the lower gear, but only occasionally with the torque converter lock up and provide any real engine braking. It's the same whether I use full manual mode to select a lower gear, or simply bump the rocker switch to lock out the higher gears. It's as if the tranny is disengaged until I get on the gas again. Alternately, at higher speeds, when not on a grade, and a lower gear is selected on deceleration, the tranny will provide engine braking, when I don't necessarily need it. Anyone else notice this behaviour?
And I know... Gears are for going, and brakes are for slowing, but It's still an odd behaviour.
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