Cars are really fun to drive, Period. This fun enhances when we bring a manual transmission in the mix. The sense of changing the gears, the mechanical feel when operating the clutch, all are part of the amusement. But it’s hard to believe, with the changing rhythm automatic transmission have come into force.
These automatics range from DSG or DCT, CVT and Torque Converters. FYI, DSG and DCT both are dual-clutch transmissions with the similar basic principle of shifting gears. Today, the topic of discussion is DSG automatic transmission. Typically, Volkswagens came equipped with DSG automatic transmission, even the Polo GT TSI had one.
Well, sadly for the BS6 models, Volkswagen does not offer a DSG box with their exiting 1.0-litre TSI motor. Instead, this gem motor now comes with a torque converter that is definitely not as slick or as fast as a DSG but still does a really good job.
Talking about its rivals, Hyundai also offers its version of the DCT automatic transmission. This quick-shifting gearbox comes mated to the company’s two GDI engines in India. Talking about which, this range has a 1.0-litre 3 cylinder and 1.4-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol engines.
Now, DSG automatic transmission is easy to use and offers some really quick and precise shifts, it sure is maintenance thirsty. Alongside that, it does require some changes in our driving style so that we don’t hurt this transmission.
Worry not, here are the things you should never do in a DSG or a Dual Clutch automatic transmission. Before we get started let’s have some entertaining lessons.
Working on a DSG Box
Long story short, a DCT or DSG has two shafts, one for the odd gears and the other for even gears. 2 Separate clutches for both the shafts, hence dual-clutch. As the first gear is engaged, the second gear on the other shaft is selected and is ready to be engaged. As the vehicle gains speed, the second gear is needed, the clutch is engaged.
The same happens when we or the transmission downshifts. Besides, they too need some changes in our driving style so that we don’t hurt this quick transmission. Worry not, here are the things you should never do in a DSG or a Dual Clutch automatic transmission.
Avoid Using the Accelerator to Keep the Car on Slopes
This is one of the common mistakes people do when driving a DCT or a Direct Shift Gearbox. Were using the accelerator paddle to keep the car steady on slopes is fine, doing the same with a DSG will have a huge toll on the gearbox. The clutch will be engaged and will be slipping, producing excessive heat and will wear more than usual. So using the brake pedal to stop the car from rolling back on slopes is the way to go if you want to extract more life from both clutches.
Don’t Launch The Car Improperly
I bet, launching the vehicle at its full potential is fun and with a gem engine and transmission combo, it’s even finer. DCT is what I’m after here, where they are really slick and lightning-fast to shift, they are prone to more wear than usual automatic transmission. More so will happen with an improper vehicle launch. Most of the cars (budget cars is what I’m talking about here) here in India having a DCT or DSG box face problems with a launch, as they do not come equipped with launch control. Taking the launch under your control, that is revving the motor with the brakes engaged. The engine will try to spin the clutch whereas the brakes will try to do what they do the best. In between, the clutch and the brakes both will be suffering. Hence it is recommended not to aggressively launch the vehicle.
Avoid Putting the Car in Neutral
One thing is super prominent, that the engineers are clever and they do a really great job in designing and manufacturing everything. That said, when standing at a traffic light, one should avoid putting the car in neutral. It’s not that it’ll harm the transmission or the engine. So it is perfectly normal to keep the car in Drive with the brake pressed, remember not to give throttle when doing so. This will engage back the clutch and voila, the clutch rubs with the flywheel producing heat.
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Don’t let the Foot of the Brake
This is somewhat similar to keeping the car on hold on a slope by balancing the acceleration and car rolling back. But the catch here is that the transmission does it for you. If you drive an automatic transmission, you’d be knowing the creep function the car comes with. Where the torque converter does it with ease, it’ll be really tough for a DSG box. And not hesitate to say it the n-th time, yes this will burn the clutch early.
Don’t Upshift During Braking or Vice Versa
A DSG automatic transmission has several entries to measure which gear to engage. Well, you can also take the situation under control but still, the clutch will be electronically actuated. That said, the throttle position, brake position and speed are the main factors with which it determines when to shift the gears. Keeping that aside, upshifting when braking will give a mixed signal to the ECU and it might hamper the circuits. The same is the case when we downshift while accelerating. Moreover, when doing so the engine and transmission run at slightly different speeds. This will result in a little slip between the clutch and the flywheel shortening its life span.
Engaging Neutral When Going Downhill is a Bad Idea.
Yes! for sure engaging a neutral when coasting downhill will save fuel, as the car restricts fuel flow in the engine. This is exactly what we do not want. That said, putting the gear lever on Drive is more sensible as you’ll be having more control of the vehicle. Wondering why? well, for one, you’ll not be able to use the engine brake to slow down, which is a must in the hilly areas. This will ease off some harmful loads on the braking system, which if not taken care of can cause brake fade. Second, you’ll not able to increase the speed with lighting fast reflexes.
These were the 6 things one should avoid doing in a DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) or a DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox). This is one of the automatic transmission petrolheads that would absolutely love to drive. Though it comes with some shortcomings such as more clutch wear and high maintenance. But if it is fun, it’s worth it right?. What do you think about this really quick transmission? Do let us know in the comment section below.
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