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Old 08-26-2012, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 Alto Automatic Suzuki.

Q? Gear change lever. P R N D 2 L park, reverse, neutral, drive. 2 and L ?????

Started driving it today Bank Holiday garages shut til Tuesday, otherwise I would have just popped to a garage and ask.
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L is a low ratio 'creeper' gear.
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On most automatics - L would be Low - used if you need to hold the car in low gear for any reason, for example to prevent an upshift everytime you lift off the throttle when climbing a hill, or to use compression braking, descinding the hill.

Under most circumstances you should be able to just select D and let the transmission figure out what gear it needs to use.
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Thanks both of you , you just verified what my son told me today, what he had heard. So just R and D for me.
So P for parking and N for traffic lights I can relax.

A little story for thanks: About 30 yrs ago I had a DAF automatic. A belt broke, my dad a retired colliery mechanic, used an old conveyor belt clip to fix it.

When I drove, the engine went eeeeeeeeeeeee boink eeeeeeeee boink
When the clip hit the pulley you got the BOINK
Thanks again Brian
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