A8 in manual mode: downshift from the upshift paddle

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  1. rw99

    rw99 Silver Member

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    It's happened a couple of times. Yes, I know my right from my left.

    Car's in Sport mode, shifter in the manual gate. While driving in traffic, a pull on the right paddle resulted in a DOWNSHIFT. An expected 2-3 became a 2-1. Later, a 4-5 went 4-3 instead. WTF???

    I'm thinking it's because the car wasn't being driven aggressively when this happened, but still... if there's any chance it could happen at high rpms... yikes.

    Anyone else experience this?


    Rich
     
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    tsc SRT Hellcat Enthusiast

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    Never had this happen once in over 2200 miles of driving. The only time it shifts when I don't tell it too in manual mode is when it downshifts on its own due to the speed being too high for the gear. For example, 55 mph in 8th and let off the gas, once or hits 50 or so it will drop to 7th gear. Continues as you slow down.

    If it continues to do this and is reproducible you may want to take it to the dealer.
     
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    The difference here is you had the shifter in manual gate... I never do that with the paddles honestly. Just use them while the shifter is in drive.

    Will give it a go later.
     
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    rw99 Silver Member

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    It happened a couple of times during a 33-mile morning commute. Interestingly, this is the first time it's done this... I have 1100 miles on the car, in similar driving conditions.

    It seems pointless to paddle shift your way through traffic, but I just like winding up the gears a bit and shifting when I want to. Why don't I have the manual trans? Different subject ;-)
     
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    I hear yah... I went with the A8 because my penis is too long and always hits the clutch pedal on manual cars. Got tired of replacing fried clutches...
     
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    You didn't accidentally hold the right paddle, did you? Cause that would take it out of manual mode and place it back in full auto. Just a thought. (sorry, noticed you said it was in manual gate)
     
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    Rich without a doubt something is amiss. The cars software will prevent an over rev. If you were travelling at say 100mph and tried to paddle shift down into first it just would not do it.
     
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    Nope. If it hadn't done it a couple of times, I'd think it was my error... but the second time it happened, it really caught my attention.
     
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    i shut them off i like the shifter
     
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    Maybe a wiring issue or software is goofed up. Get it looked at just in case. Safety first!
     
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    Hey Rich when I get my hellcat we will have to meet up I'm not far from you I'm in Martinez, i've already seen two hellcats come through my dealership, I'm next !!! I already know the other two guys they got the hellcats before me I want to get all my Norcal HC guys together and and I want to hell cat of the day ;) .....
     
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    Mine did the same thing yesterday with 2,100 miles on it. It did it about three times in a row and finally started shifting normally again? Also when I have my car in default setting, the paddle shifters are suppose to be off, but it still lets me use them? Prior to my Uconnect update, it was working correctly? Wonder if we have a glitch in the software update?
     
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    I had it happen about 12 times. Started a thread here yesterday about it just before my car blew up.

    And it did it after the latest TCM reflash
     
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    To update: SRT has downloaded data from my car, but unfortunately not live logging during a mis-shift. They provided me with replacement paddles, and last week my dealership swapped in the new paddles and performed the TCM flash. The old paddles went back to SRT for diagnosis.

    So far, operation has been perfect... in all SRT modes including a custom setup. I will update when I know more...


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