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Old 07-09-2010, 10:42 AM
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Unhappy Shifting problem with automatic

My 2009 Patriot automatic would not shift into gear 2 days ago. I had to use the override switch to drive. The dealer claims that it is a bad shifter. It also jumps when it shifts into higher gears. Has anyone had such problems?
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:27 AM
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There are no gears on a Patriot CVT.....It should be a seamless climb through the constantly variable ratios....If you can feel it changing ?? then some thing is wrong!!
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TamTam, did you accidentally hit the gear shifter into first (or manual mode) by accident? I did this several times myself when I first got the 'Riot. If you look down at the dash, you'll see it show PRND(1,2,3,4,5,6) where the number would indicate the gear selected. You have to hold the shifter to the right for a few seconds to return it to automatic mode, or shift into Neutral, then back into Drive or turn the Jeep off then back on again.

If I'm driving around in an easy to moderate fashion, my cvt definitely has a feel of "shift points" where the rpms rise and fall accordingly. When I'm flooring it though, it whacks up into the 5000 rpm range and stays there while the jeep just continues to gain speed. I think the North American vehicles are programmed that way though for the average consumer who expects a transmission to shift. If it doesn't shift, people here in the US tend to think it's slipping or broken in some way.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:49 PM
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TamTam, did you accidentally hit the gear shifter into first (or manual mode) by accident? I did this several times myself when I first got the 'Riot. If you look down at the dash, you'll see it show PRND(1,2,3,4,5,6) where the number would indicate the gear selected. You have to hold the shifter to the right for a few seconds to return it to automatic mode, or shift into Neutral, then back into Drive or turn the Jeep off then back on again.

If I'm driving around in an easy to moderate fashion, my cvt definitely has a feel of "shift points" where the rpms rise and fall accordingly. When I'm flooring it though, it whacks up into the 5000 rpm range and stays there while the jeep just continues to gain speed. I think the North American vehicles are programmed that way though for the average consumer who expects a transmission to shift. If it doesn't shift, people here in the US tend to think it's slipping or broken in some way.
Best I can tell, todde702 has it right. There is no 2nd 'gear' cuz there's no gears at all. When you shift out of park into drive, your dash indictor should say D. If it says 1, then you must have something wrong. Otherwise just be sure you're not pulling it toward you and moving it into manual mode. If the indicator says 1, you're staying in 1 until you nudge to the right for 2, 3, and so on; or hold it to the right until it goes to D. I hope your dealer takes this for a test drive before hooking a new tranny in there.
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