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If I were to put the car in third gear, is that similar to driving a car in 3rd gear on a manual transmission?

Just curious.

Also, during what occasion is a better to start driving the car in a higher gear?
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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

Snow mode automatically starts off in 2nd gear.


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Since I have the laredo I don't have the select track. So, starting it off in second would have the same effect (almost)?
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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

Driving a standard shift (many, many, many ) years ago, I was taught to start in 2nd gear in snow or on ice. It helps reduce initial acceleration, therefore less slipping.


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Driving a standard shift (many, many, many ) years ago, I was taught to start in 2nd gear in snow or on ice. It helps reduce initial acceleration, therefore less slipping.

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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

I believe if you put your GC's gear selector in 3rd gear it will start out in 1st gear, but will not shift beyond 3rd under normal circumstances.
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I believe if you put your GC's gear selector in 3rd gear it will start out in 1st gear, but will not shift beyond 3rd under normal circumstances.
Yeah, I just did a trial run, and there is no difference in throttle response between having it in drive or having it in 2nd gear.
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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

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I believe if you put your GC's gear selector in 3rd gear it will start out in 1st gear, but will not shift beyond 3rd under normal circumstances.
This is correct. From WK2Jeeps:

Electronic Range Select (ERS) Operation

The Electronic Range Select (ERS) shift control allows you to move the shifter left (-) or right (+) when the shifter is in the D (Drive) position, allowing the selection of the desired top gear. For example, if the driver shifts the transmission into 3 (third gear), the transmission will never shift above third gear, but can shift down to 2 (second) or 1 (first), when needed.

NOTE: To select the proper gear position for maximum deceleration (engine braking), move the shift lever to the left "D(-)" and hold it there. The transmission will shift to the range from which the vehicle can best be slowed down.
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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

On the '14 you can use the paddle shifters to start out in 2nd gear.

Sure glad I waited.


"You can start out, from a stop, in first or second gear
(or third gear, in 4LO range, Snow mode, or Sand
mode). Tapping (+) at a stop will allow starting in
second gear. Starting out in second gear is helpful in
snowy or icy conditions.


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Re: Starting any gear other than first or drive

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On the '14 you can use the paddle shifters to start out in 2nd gear.

Sure glad I waited.


"You can start out, from a stop, in first or second gear
(or third gear, in 4LO range, Snow mode, or Sand
mode). Tapping (+) at a stop will allow starting in
second gear. Starting out in second gear is helpful in
snowy or icy conditions.


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