Originally Posted by TypeRod
I tried it this morning on my way to work, but I wasn't sure if it felt like a true "free wheel", lol. It held it at 6th gear as I was going downhill, and I didn't feel like it was free wheeling, so I tapped the + paddle again and it wouldn't go into 7th, and now I can't remember if I had to press the brake or accelerate a bit to get it to finally paddle shift into 7th. I'll keep experimenting with it. I also already had "hill start assist" unchecked in my uconnect settings.
By "wouldn't go into 7th" do you mean the message in the dash said "shift not allowed" or it just didn't go into 7th when you hit the + paddle?
If the former, it's possible shifting into paddle mode disengaged the engine braking, making your speed creep up enough to allow the shift at some point.
If the latter, you probably didn't hit it the second time you needed to: first press to activate the paddles, second press to shift up from the current gear.
EDIT: I also feel like I had read somewhere that the 8 speed will not free wheel at all....but I can't remember which forum I read it on. I'll search for it.....
In auto mode, it doesn't seem to want to. In manual mode, shifting up to a lower RPM gear seems to allow it to coast reasonably well.
Having said that, you're right - it never fully free wheels. It's not like popping a manual transmission car out of gear or pressing the clutch to remove the engine power.
I would assume the only real way to do that would be to actually place the Jeep in neutral, something that falls under the definition of coasting, which would be against the law where regulations prohibit it.
Of course, the odds of actually getting caught at it are slim, short of an accident that can be proven to have resulted from it.