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Old 06-24-2004, 02:01 PM  
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Kickdown Switch

I was reading in my haynes manual that the automatic transmission Saabs come with a kickdown switch underneath the accelerator pedal. Can anyone explain to me what this switch is for?
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Old 06-24-2004, 03:19 PM  
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its so that when you floor it in your puny automatic saab, it desperately shifts down a gear to help make you accelerate at a reasonable rate . just messin with ya .

but seriously the completely sarcasm free answer is: when you go full throttle the switch tells the tranny to downshift thereby aiding in acceleration .

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Old 06-24-2004, 04:43 PM  
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Downshift really means shifting up a gear right...like from 2nd to 3rd?
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Old 06-24-2004, 04:53 PM  
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downshifting would be like you would cruise in 5th gear down the freeway at about 2500 rpm, a audi flies by and you wanna catch up, you would go to 4th gear more then likely and then floor it for best acceleration. Basically it drops it down to a lower gear for better accel.
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Old 06-24-2004, 05:07 PM  
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Ah ok..Thanks for the info
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Old 06-25-2004, 06:52 AM  
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and the cool thing about autobox Saabs, they don't dump boost while shifting gears. I was holding boost SOLID into the red for at least 6-8 seconds, not just dipping into the red, but holding there solid through several gear changes the other day merging ontot he highway.... easy to merge that way. I embarrassed a WRX who thought he needed to give me a free lane to merge, but I flew right past him.... should have seen his face. And that's with a stock Saab!

Oh sorry, Rob, you don't have a turbo, do you?

Just kidding.

You probably have used the kickdown before, you just didn't know you were doing it.
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Old 06-25-2004, 07:00 AM  
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Thanks No turbo here....


Yeah I have slammed it down before, and felt it kick down a gear and accelerate like crazy...It's got pretty good pickup...
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