I do a lot of driving in the 55-65mph range, and every once in a while I'll get stuck behind someone driving undesirably slow. I know about the trouble the 4T65 has with 4th gear. Quote from BillBoost37:
One of the weakest links in our cars is the transmission. When you are on the highway and would like to be a little peppier or aggressive, don't let the transmission downshift to 3rd gear on it'* own. Pull it down a gear then give the car throttle. The reason for this is the 4th gear hub shaft is not a hardened part. By pulling it down before throttling you remove the moment of added torque from being applied to the 4th hub and save it'* splines for another day. When those splines wear out, you lose 4th gear.
My question is, what exactly is the "proper" way to downshift manually in this car? Say I'm going about 60mph with the RPMs at about 1800-1900. Do I let off the gas first, shift down to third, and then get back on it? I just want to clarify how to do it because I can drive a manual trans just fine, I've just never tried it before in an automatic.
Thanks in advance.