the autostick simulates a manual gear box, allowing to shift gears when you want to, without a clutch.
when stopped, you are in 1st gear, you can shift to the 2nd gear when the engine is at about 1600 rpm. You can then shift to any gear you need. For fuel economy, try to stay under 2000 rpm. If you forget to shift, the Jeep will do it just before the rpm go into the red (really bad for fuel economy and for the engine too).
The gears are 1,2,3,4,5,6 then it goes back to Drive. If you are using the Autostick and want to go back to Drive, hold the stick to the right for a few seconds.
Edit: Note that this is a really summed up explanation. There are actually no gear in the CVT, the 'gears' I'm refering to are preset ratios that can be selected by the Autostick.
You can mess with the Autostick as much as you want, the only problem you could have is bad MPG.. and maybe engine wear if you are not careful with the RPM (but I think the computer is degned to prevent damage to the engine and transmission)
I hope this helped you.
Jeep Patriot North Edition
4x4 (FDI) with CVT
Garmin Nuvi 255w GPS
235/70R16 Total Terrain A/T Tires
Painted Stock Steelies
Somewhere in the future Mods:
RRO Lift or STU's coils
Last edited by TrooperAlex; 02-28-2010 at 10:53 PM.