On models with automatic transmission, there is no need to constantly change gears
It is only necessary to set the driving mode, the transmission will automatically enter the specified mode.
Switching modes is done with the selector lever (see Fig. 2).
The display (see fig. 1) on the instrument panel indicates the selected mode and the selected gear.
The following modes exist:
- Р- parking ("Parking");
- R - reverse;
- N - neutral position;
- D-move forward;
- 4 - indication of a manual transfer.
Please note that the "P" mode is not designed to hold the car when parking on a slope - be sure to use the handbrake.
Starting the engine
Move the selector lever to the "P" or "N" position, turn on the ignition.
Depress the brake pedal (the indicator lamp will go out) and move the selector lever from the “P” position to the desired mode.
Move the selector to the "D" or "R" position only when the vehicle is stationary.
The brake pedal must be depressed (otherwise the car will start moving immediately after the gear is engaged), and the accelerator pedal must be released.
To move the selector lever out of the "P" position, you must press the brake pedal, and then press the release button on the selector handle.
Movement in automatic mode
Move the selector to "D".
In most cases, you will no longer need to use the selector lever: gear changes will occur automatically at the right time and with optimal engine cleanliness, as the control system takes into account the vehicle load, road profile and the selected driving style.
When the vehicle is moving under normal conditions, the selector lever should always be in the “D” position, keep the accelerator pedal lightly depressed to automatically shift gears at a relatively low engine speed.
Acceleration and overtaking
Depress the accelerator pedal firmly until it stops (overcoming resistance to pedal movement).
This will cause the transmission to shift to the optimum downshift for faster acceleration.
This mode provides a forced reduction of gear shifting, which is necessary based on road conditions (ice, changeable terrain, driving uphill with a load, etc.).
Move the selector lever to the "D" position, then move the lever to the left.
By successive movements of the selector, you can shift gears manually:
- - to switch to a lower gear, move the selector back;
- - To shift up a gear, move the selector forward.
The selected gear is displayed on the instrument panel display.
Special traffic conditions
In some driving modes (for example, when the engine overload protection system, ESP system, etc.) are operating, the automatic transmission may independently shift into the required gear.
In addition, in order not to perform "false shifts", automation may refuse to shift gears; in this case, the transmission indication will flash for a few seconds.
If the profile of the road and its profile do not allow you to move in automatic mode (for example, in the mountains), we recommend that you switch to manual gearshift mode.
This is necessary to avoid successive gear changes on hills and to ensure engine braking on long descents.
In very cold weather, wait a while before moving the selector from P or N to D or R to avoid stopping the engine.
If the car is not equipped with ASR: on slippery roads or on roads where the surface does not provide reliable grip of the tires on the road, to prevent slipping, you must switch to manual gear shifting and engage second gear when starting to move.
After the car has come to a complete stop, keeping your foot on the brake pedal, move the selector to the “P” position, while the gearbox will be in neutral gear, and the drive wheels will be mechanically blocked by the transmission.
Please note that the "P" mode is not designed to hold the car at a hundred yankee on the slope - be sure to use the handbrake.
When the message “Check transmission” appears while driving and the service indicator lamp on the instrument panel comes on, this indicates a malfunction.
If the "Gearbox Overheated" message appears while driving and the service warning light on the instrument panel comes on, avoid leaving the selector in "D" (or "R") as far as driving conditions permit.
When stopping, always return it to the "N" position.
In case of any malfunction, contact a Renault workshop as soon as possible.
Towing a disabled car with an automatic transmission.
At the beginning of the movement, if the selector is locked in the "P" position with the brake pedal depressed, it is possible to release the selector manually.
To do this, detach the top of the cover at the base of the selector.
Simultaneously press the location indicated by the label on the case and the release button on the selector.