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Old 12-15-2003, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default I think I had my first shift flare...?

I was driving up a hill Saturday night at a very steady and moderate pace and the engine was running at 3 (at the speed I was going it shoud have been around 2) and sounded noticeably louder than usual. After i reached the top of the hill the rpm dropped back down to 2 and sounded normal. Is this a flare or just a delay? Anyone have any ideas?

I have a 2004 model... do they also have shift flares, or is that just 2003's?
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:16 PM   #2
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I THINK what you are talkin about is the hill ascent/descent thing thats in the the autos that Saturn makes.
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Old 12-15-2003, 01:57 PM   #3
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The shift "flare" occurs during the 2-3 upshift. The tranny will attempt to upshift, but then will rev up quite a bit before it finally settles into 3rd. It's as if you were to slip the tranny into neutral while you were accelerating. Trust me, if it happens you will know it . The Aisin tranny does have a "braking" action when you are going down long hills that bothers some people. If you are descending a hill and tap the brakes, the tranny will downshift then hold that gear until you accelerate once again where it will then shift back up.
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The shift "flare" occurs during the 2-3 upshift. The tranny will attempt to upshift, but then will rev up quite a bit before it finally settles into 3rd. It's as if you were to slip the tranny into neutral while you were accelerating. Trust me, if it happens you will know it . The Aisin tranny does have a "braking" action when you are going down long hills that bothers some people. If you are descending a hill and tap the brakes, the tranny will downshift then hold that gear until you accelerate once again where it will then shift back up.
I guess it wasn't a flare then but the engine definitely seemed to get loud going up the hill... could have been a fluke incident i suppose.

That's very interesting about the braking action you mentioned. I've noticed that and have mixed feelings about it. It saves brakes I suppose, but at the expense of your transmission working harder.
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Old 12-15-2003, 03:19 PM   #5
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How long/steep was this hill? Do you travel the same hill often?
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