TRS 20th Anniversary
- Sep 20, 2009
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- Dillsburg PA
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- 4.0 V6
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I'm curious.. Sport mode is basically a manual shift mode on the 2019 Ranger, correct?
Why then is it inappropriate to use it to slow a 2019 Ranger, when you stated that you used manual mode to slow the vehicle you were driving? Isn't the transmission specifically designed for this? Are you saying it will damage the transmission or perhaps cause premature wear?
Not arguing, I see you are a Ford Tech. and I just would like to know why in one case it's acceptable, yet you feel in another it isn't.
I'd really like to hear from an actual Ford transmission tech, familiar with the actual Ranger transmission. Hear now.. vs when the transmission fails, if you get my drift.
IMO engine braking is to be reserved for extreme situations when the service brakes alone may not be up to the task. In the event I referenced I was descending Pike's Peak. Without a big old trailer attached you aren't going to get into much more of an extreme braking situation while still on the North American continent. I own three manual transmission vehicles and I don't engine brake with anything. I use my brakes.
Engine braking can cause premature wear to the engine, as it transfers some of that load to the crank and its bearings. I doubt it will harm the transmission much, if any.
As for an actual transmission tech who has actual hands on experience with this trans, well that's not me.