Take the 2-minute tour ×
Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for mechanics and DIY enthusiast owners of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla, which has a D, 2, and L gear. I also have a steep driveway to climb everyday. Which of these gears is most appropriate for going up steep inclines?

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 6 down vote accepted

Assuming that you have no faults with your transmission, it doesn't matter - an automatic transmission will automatically switch down gear as and when it needs to. All the '2' gear does is not let you go over 2nd gear - which if you were heading downhill could make your engine over-rev...generally not recommended.

So D should be just fine.

share|improve this answer
    
It doesn't matter if it is a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine? –  Paul Jul 22 '12 at 4:01
    
No. Automatic transmissions are designed to use the most appropriate gear where possible. It doesn't matter what type of engine you have. –  Rory Alsop Jul 22 '12 at 10:25
add comment

If you're carrying a high load, L is best.

The gears work as follows: D = use whichever gear the computer decides/ Useful for everyday driving. 2 = use first or second, depending on speed. Useful when carrying high loads at low speeds. L = stay in the lowest gear. Best for carrying high loads up steep inclines.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.