Taking Control With Advice From Parsippany Area Subaru Service Center

For most American drivers, an automatic transmission is the norm. Even if you’re familiar with driving and shifting in a manual vehicle, you might opt for an automatic just for convenience or because it’s what’s equipped on the vehicle you want.

Subaru transmission shift knob

At our Parsippany area Subaru service center, we drive–and repair–all types of transmissions for our customers. One question many drivers have is why their vehicle’s shift selector has different gears available if the transmission is automatic. Fortunately, our experts are here to offer some insight!

When to Drop it Low

Depending on the specific vehicle you drive, you might notice an “L” or “1” and “2” gears on your shifter. These denote low gear or 1st and 2nd gear, respectively, and allow you to manually put the car into a lower gear. But why would you want to?

The most common situation that calls for low gear is a long, steep hill. Note that this probably doesn’t include your driveway or any other daily driving you do, but rather refers to scenic mountain roads and the like. In this situation, descending in low gear can keep you from picking up too much speed without the adverse effect of stressing your brakes. This can help to prevent a premature need to visit our Parsippany area facility for routine maintenance on your brakes!

Subaru service near Parsippany

You may also want to shift into low gear when climbing a similarly steep incline, or when towing a heavy load. In both cases, your car needs to work harder for normal results–gravity is adding resistance in one case, and extra weight is adding resistance in the other. Using a lower gear can help your vehicle adapt to the change, but be sure to consult the towing information in your vehicle’s manual before choosing a gear for these situations.

If you suspect that your transmission or brakes may already be overworked, be sure to let our team take a look to diagnose the root of the problem. To schedule a service visit with our experts, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call us directly at (866) 910-3466 today!

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