What do YOU want to know about cars?

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  1. ECyde

    ECyde Notebook Consultant

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    This past weekend I drove from NYC to Atlantic City (about a 3 hour ride), and for about 2 hours straight down the turnpike, I was only using my cruise control.

    I.e. "Cruise" to keep speed, "Resume Acceleration" to gain speed, and "Cancel" to reduce speed.

    Seriously, I drove about 2 hours straight without touching the brakes or gas. I would like to know if I seriously messed up my car by doing that?
     
  2. Thibault

    Thibault Banned

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    What?
    How would that be bad for the car? You mean you left your car on cruise control for 2 hours during a highway drive? I've had my cruise control for 9 hours straight when I drive across Newfoundland.
     
  3. ECyde

    ECyde Notebook Consultant

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    It wasnt steady cruise control though. Anytime I needed to speed up I just clicked the "Resume Accelration" a couple of times, giving me about 5+ MPH per 2 clicks. Then if i needed to slow down, I would cancel the cruise control. I guess technically, I kept turning the cruise control on and off, and basically using the "Cruise", "Resume Acceleration", and "Cancel Cruise control" instead of gas and break, respectively.
     
  4. TravisBean

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    And why in the world would you think that to be bad for your car??
     
  5. ECyde

    ECyde Notebook Consultant

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    Because no one told me it isnt bad for my car until right now. Who knows whats good and whats bad for your car with all these new fangled doohickies coming out every day?
     
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    Cruise control is the greatest thing since apple pie.
     
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    and warm bread.
     
  8. Syndrome

    Syndrome Torque Matters

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    Biggest problem with cruise control is that it can be hard on your transmission because it will gun it and torque shift(usually only when going up steep hills), which is bad. If you can manually drop a gear then its best to do that before you've got the engine torquing. Some cars wont let you drop from over drive to the next lowest gear(Dodge mini vans come to mind, and those trannys are always going out).
     
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    Trannys are the weakest link in Dodge Mini-Vans. (no, not gender confused...........)
     
  10. Syndrome

    Syndrome Torque Matters

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    Yeah, I know, my family has multiples of them(4) with 200k+ miles on each.
     
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