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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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AutoStick Transmission

As a new owner of a Jeep Patriot. I have a question about how the Autostick transmission works. There is a plus and minus which raises or lowers the gear ratio. The salesman did not seem to knowmuch about it and it is not in the books with the car.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-26-2008, 09:18 PM
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Welcome to the forum Doneil... Sounds to me you have already got the AutoStick figured out. Basically, To shift up, tap the knob toward the plus symbol, and to shift down, toward the minus symbol. On the instrument cluster you'll see which gear you are in displayed inside a small circle. To disengage the AutoStick, pull the knob toward the left and hold it there for a count of two, and you'll see the small circle disappear. Hope that helps answer your question.

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Welcome. I had the info in my manual and for mine (which works and is stated in the manual) you push and hold to the right to disengage and put it back in drive.
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A lot of people have asked me the purpose of the AutoStick. As far as I understand, it's simply a way to force the transmission to change where it alters the shift points by engine speed.

In other words, the CVT usually changes the ratios at a given point, varied somewhat depending on how much throttle you use. Using the AuoStick, you force the transmission to rev higher (or lower if you're a sadist) to get more of a sporty feel.

The CVT, which I understand has really been improved from it's original iteration, uses a belt and pulleys instead of gears. In the 6 days of ownership, I have noticed that there is a certain amount of lag from a dead stop unless you really goose it - I can put up with that in exchange for a few more mpg.

I also read in the owner's manual that you should use full throttle acceleration "within the constraints of local laws" during break-in, so I have certainly followed my owner's manual in that respect. It really changes the 2.4 from a little buzzy thing to a pretty powerful engine.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 10:45 AM
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new to the Autostick feature - do you need to use it and if so when?
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It can be used as an engine braking aid for long steep hill descents. Or just to have a little manual fun!!

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-19-2011, 04:43 PM
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I use mine to save gas. When travelling slow under a light load I notch it up a gear and the rpms drop significantly.

Also when pulling away from a tollgate. Amble through at about 30, notch it into 5 and hit the cruise. When the rpms get up there I notch to 6 and when its levels off I hit Drive.

Ditto Tiptronic on the hills.
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I use it on downgrades to keep the speed down without dragging the brakes. Also it comes in handy on the freeway. When the cruise control is engaged, and you come onto a hill, you can translate it into 6 and keep the revs down and still hold the speed close to your set point. The ETC programming on the Pat shuts off fuel flow to the injectors above 1500 rpm with no throttle input detected, so I also use the Autostick to keep the rpms above 1500 when decelerating off the freeway or on a long downslope with a stop at the bottom.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 04:54 PM
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I find gear 2 and 4 pretty much useless. So if I'm playing with it I go 1 (nudge nudge) 3 (nudge nudge) 5 > 6 > D (sort of like 7)
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