How do I use driver shift control (DSC)?

How do I use driver shift control (DSC)?
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Driver shift control (DSC) allows you to control the shifts in your automatic vehicle. This can make for a smoother ride and greater fuel efficiency, and is also more enjoyable for many drivers. You can use the DSC anytime that your vehicle is in D (Drive). Simply push the shifter to the left, from the D position to the + and – manual position. Then press the shift lever forward (to the + sign) to shift up a gear, or pull the shifter lever towards the – sign to downshift.

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The driver information center (DIC) will display what gear you are currently in, next to an M.

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Driver Shift Control (DSC) is the manual shift function in automatic transmissions of Pontiac, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick cars. It allows maximum driving smoothness and helps to save fuel. This system allows engine braking and improves the vehicle`s dynamics and manoeuvrability.
First, you depress the clutch to disengage the engine from the driving wheels as you let your right foot come up on the accelerator. Next, you maneuver the shift lever from the previous gear position to the new gear position. Then you press down on the accelerator again as you release the clutch pedal.
In some cars, the manual mode is controlled by moving the automatic gear stick back and forth. Typically this works by sliding the gearstick to the left or right and then pushing it forward or backwards to tell the onboard computers you wish to change up or down a gear.
With the gearshift lever in manual (M), the driver can change gears up or down as desired. By moving the gearshift lever from drive position drive (D) to manual (M) you now have control of selecting the gear you desire using buttons on the shift lever.
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You absolutely can with nothing to worry about. These modern automatic transmissions that have a manual mode are meant to do that. Switching to manual mode from automatic, even while cruising, is something that it was built to do. In the past decade or so, the automatic transmission has undergone a few advancements.
N = Neutral – no drive applied to the wheels with the engine running. D = Drive – forward motion with fully-automatic operation in all gears.
This allows you to control engine rpm and torque to the drive wheels much like a manual transmission when more control is desired. To change to manual shift mode, shift the lever from D to M. Changing to manual shift mode while driving will not damage the transmission.
When you begin driving a stick shift, the tachometer is a good way to help you determine when you should shift up or down. Generally, you should shift gears up when the tachometer is around “3” or 3,000 RPMs; shift down when the tachometer is around “1” or 1,000 RPMs.

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How do I use driver shift control (DSC)?
ANSWER : Driver shift control (DSC) allows you to control the shifts in your automatic vehicle. This can make for a smoother ride and greater fuel efficiency, and is also more enjoyable for many drivers. You can use the DSC anytime that your vehicle is in D (Drive). Simply push the shifter to the left, from the D position to the + and – manual position. Then press the shift lever forward (to the + sign) to shift up a gear, or pull the shifter lever towards the – sign to downshift.

Tip

The driver information center (DIC) will display what gear you are currently in, next to an M.

when in Driver shift control, how do you know when to shift up or down (at what speed or engine RPM)?
ANSWER : Shift points depend somewhat on the load on the engine and whether you are going uphill or downhill. Generally, though, you can shift at around 2,000 RPM. The recommended shift points are documented in the printed Owner’s Manual for the vehicle. If you do not have a copy of the Owner’s Manual simply input your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at Volkswagen’s homepage and you can download a copy. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

The climatic control is on one temperature all the time hot on drivers side cooler on passanger side the flap control moter for ho
ANSWER : A temp sensor malfunction could be causing your problem. If the controller is getting bad information, it’s going to operate the doors according to that information. So a sensor replacement is indicated. However, these systems can also have problems with the stepper motors themselves that drive the flaps. All the little plastic gears can get jammed up. In most cases, the self diagnostics will catch that and give you a code, but not always. If you have the right scan tool, you should be able to activate the motors and watch them work. Working on the climate control can be difficult and time consuming, if you want to have the job taken care of for you, contact YourMechanic and they’ll send a technician to your home or office to diagnose your climate control issues and advise you as to what to do about it.

How do I use the driver temperature controls?
ANSWER : To adjust the temperature, use the Driver Temperature Control buttons. Press the + button to increase the temperature, or press the – button to decrease the temperature. If the dual zone temperature setting is turned on, then these buttons will control the driver side temperature. If the dual zone setting is turned off, then these buttons will control the temperature of the entire car.

Truck will shift sometimes then it doesn’t shift. If you wait a while it will shift again. We are trying to figure out what’s going on
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. The first thing I recommend is to make sure the ATF (automatic transmission fluid) is full.

Does the transmission shift up a gear or two and stay in that gear, or does it drive fine for a bit, then stop shifting until you turn the car off or sit still with the motor running? Or, do you continue to drive and eventually it begins shifting again. Are there any codes?

What I would do if I were diagnosing your truck would be to connect a scanner and study the data while driving to know what is going on. Without said data and not quite being clear about what is happening, it comes down to solenoids or sensors that the TCM (transmission control module) uses to calculated shift points based on load values determined by the PCM (powertrain control module).

I’m afraid all I can offer you at this point is suggesting you make sure the fluid is full and clean. If it isn’t clean, begin by replacing the filter in the pan and do a transmission fluid exchange, not just pan drop with a drain and fill. This doesn’t get all the ATF out of the transmission, and when there are problems, it pays to be as thorough as possible.

I recommend the following inspection if you should need further assistance: Car hard to shift

Hope this helps and best of luck!

Im having a really hard time shifting into any gear other than 5th in my truck. I have to use alot of force to shift into gear.
ANSWER : You need to have the hydraulic clutch checked to see if it is disengaging the clutch as it should. The clutch is not disengaging and is the cause of the gears not being able to be shifted. You may have a bad clutch or clutch hydraulic system.

Won’t shift out of first unless you let go of gas but it will shift back down and never grab second
ANSWER : If you have all the drive shafts in the front and rear, then you will damage the transfer case or one of the axles if you drive the vehicle and engage the front end. The two different gear ratios will do this. As far as the transmission goes, you have a problem with the governor inside the transmission and may have bad second gear parts. Have a mechanic pressure test the transmission and diagnose the shifting issue for you.

Door unlocked alarm, no power window or door lock on driver door only, interior light comes on with L turn signa
ANSWER : Hi there. In general, wiring harnesses are sold by the manufacturer as a whole harness; not individual wires. It is much easier, cost-efficient and safer to replace the entire harness if it’s determined that it is faulty and the source of your alarm / door issue. It would be best to have one of our mobile mechanics come to your location and complete an electrical problems inspection though, as it’s possible that this issue is related to an error code trapped in the ECU. If this is the case, simply clearing the code will resolve the problem. If the issue is determined to be the wiring harness or an exposed wire, they can recommend and most likely complete the repairs as well.