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Unread 04-20-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
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Patriot Trans downshifts hard

Has anyone experienced this? When cruising in what appears to be 4th or 5th then let go of the gas, my tranny seems to downshift hard to 3rd or 2nd. Obviously, you can't really tell which "gear" it's in due to the CVT. If I apply the brakes it seems to downshift even harder. My 2010 has 19k miles and it's happened since day 1.

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Unread 04-20-2011, 07:53 PM   #2
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Yup. That's part of the "adaptable" CVT. It WILL get used too the way you drive. A little secret is to not take your foot all of the way off the gas. It will get better,
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Unread 04-20-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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Yup. That's part of the "adaptable" CVT. It WILL get used too the way you drive. A little secret is to not take your foot all of the way off the gas. It will get better,
Thanks, Gramps.

I hope it will get better. My daughter recently became a licensed driver and she hates the Riot. He prefers our 8 year old Liberty with a known transmission issue (and risks driving it). So, how many more miles above 19,000 does the CVT need to "get used to me"?
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I really would think that it would have learned by now. You've had it since new? Try the 'disconect the battery for a half an hour trick'. That resets the Trans contron module. You should notice a change within a week or so at the most.
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Yeh, I've had it since new (Feb, 2010). I'll re-trigger the learning mode...let's see what happens and report back in a week.
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I've also been looking through the FSM and didn't see anything other that having the dealer check it to see if it's thrown any codes. If it has then they can do it under warranty.
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