Originally Posted by 325BH
On those big hills, "M" on the shifter comes in real handy. Just like "-" in "D" mode, you can restrict the top gear to any you want. In addition, "M" prevents a downshift... which allows you to give it all the pedal you want while staying in the same gear. Once you start to really know your truck, this can be quite nice.
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Exactly. I've only experienced one situation with my truck where it is in a "high RPM" mode while towing (over 3000 RPMs). It occurs in 3rd gear when it got there via a heavy throttle condition, such as a fast acceleration to merge or pushing VERY hard on a hill. The aggravating part, if at all, is you have to back way out of the throttle to get it to shift up when you can clearly see the terrain has eased. As you mentioned, a simple manual up-shift takes care of that if you are bothered by it until it shifts on its own.
What we see ahead of us provides a much better shift indicator than the sensors on the engine or transmission, which will always lag the best time to shift.
Yeah, I like to "drive" my truck. I've owned one since I was 18, and refused to get an automatic until I was almost 50 years old. 😀
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2013 Ford F-150 Ecobeast