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Drivetrain help with automatic for circle track

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by dirtytwig, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. dirtytwig

    dirtytwig Member

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    i have a low miles 97 escort sedan with an automatic that i race at the local 1/4 mile circle track. the problem im having is when i brake into the corner it upshifts then i have to wait for it to downshift when i come out of the corner.

    do you guys know of any way to keep it in one gear and not upshift on me?
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    Couple of years ago, was racing my LX, got turned sideways and T-Boned in the driver's door. Even with a roll cage, broke my anckle. Anyway's, bought another car. When I built it, I left the Automatic in it until my anckle healed. She upshifted like you said. I can't remember exactly how I did it, but I forced the trans to go into Limp Mode, which kept it in second. Later tryed to electricaly manipulate the solenoids but ended up just shorting them out.
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    damn, same thing just happened to me at the last race. car isnt damaged too bad, i was just really sore after.

    i thought about putting the solenoids on switches but was worried about shorting them.

    ill try limp mode, thanks
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    I am in the same boat. '96 LX auto.
    I was thinking of clipping the 2-3 actuator wire to see what happens, but denisond3 pointed out the tranny will drop back into second after reaching 28+ mph in drive and then dropping the shifter back into "L".
    I did test this out and it worked-never up shifted and I was doing 55+. BUT if speed drops below 28 MPH it violently downshifts into first.
    Will find out Friday night at the races!
    Good luck!
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    Made it out for warm ups and you can get it to stay in second gear by starting out in D once in third shift into L . As long as you stay above 30 or so it stays in second.
    Hope you do better than therainouts I have been dealt.
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    Is everybody sure by dropping it into L at high speeds it won't hurt the tranny not trying to cause any unnecessary damage to my car
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    ndlm8888 scortin daily

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    I have been using the low to Decelerate for ruffly a year on and off. Haven't had had any thing bad happen till just lately after coming to a stop in low. Accelerate in low feels like cluches r slipping till about 3k. Sorry for highjacking thread
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    Would you have any tunning tips for a follow Scott own any type of advice would help thank you
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    The computer will not let the transmission downshift before it knows the car is going slow enough for the next lower gear.
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