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Old 08-17-2007, 01:41 PM   #11
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You did the smart thing. You took the trans out of a 'load' situation, which saves the wear on the torque converter friction material, and saves gas.

I do it too.

You also allowed the trans to run cooler while sitting there. N and P would both do the same in this situation.
Me too. Here in the desert where it was ~134F today, there is less heat produced by the motor and trans. Also, the engne idles just a little faster in N than D, so that front fan pulling air thru the A/C condenser keeps me cooler...kinda
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Cool, i thought that I was the only one that did that! When I used to have my old 94 Intrepid ES, it had a problem idling when I was at stoplights. It wouldnt die or anything, it would just shake enough to bother me. As for longer waits, I also usually just throw it in park and shut her off.
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I have a friend that drives an older mustang with a five speed and he kicks the tranny out of gear and releases the clutch at stoplights to relieve the pressure on the throw-out bearing. I guess every little bit helps.
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we have idling laws here to but they are more so when parked in front of certain buildings that don't want vehicles running the whole time. since a lot of people here have annoying exhaust pipes.
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That'* absolutely nutz that anybody would tell you it will damage your car. You can even shift into Neutral when moving. But damage your car? REALLY? That'* crazy. That'* like saying turning your steering wheel will damage your car.
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I do it too!! It definitely smooths things out, especially with the cam as Boost mentioned
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I do it on long downhill runs but it looks like me and my friend may be alone on that one...
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