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2nd Gear Start

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by DeadHead, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. DeadHead

    DeadHead New Member

    Alright, so my mechanic buddy is working on the used car lot he works part-time for and comes across a mid 90's Camaro with a 6 cyl and an automatic trans. On the dash he noticed a button that has baffled us both. He saw a button that said "second gear start." Now I am wondering, what the heck is that button for?! Anyone?
  2. murdog94

    murdog94 New Member 1000 Posts

    Traction control. well Gms early idea of it. using second gear is like ridding the clutch to get off the line it allows the motor to lug rather than increase the RPMS quickly..
    Not very useful i might add...
  3. MrShorty

    MrShorty Moderator Staff Member 1000 Posts

    Or, at least, not useful very often. I like the 2nd gear start when it's slick out because it reduces the torque to the wheels which reduces the chance of spinning out.
  4. murdog94

    murdog94 New Member 1000 Posts

    on the hills here in Duluth it doesnt help if nothing else it makes it worse because they are so steep that you really cant feather the throttle in second it simply wont move..
  5. DeadHead

    DeadHead New Member

    Ahhh, that makes some sense. Atleast as much sense as a good portion of GM's eletrical ideas make... Thanks for the answers!
  6. stephan

    stephan New Member 1000 Posts

    X2 what Murdog said. I had NO CLUE, so I called a friend @ GM sales & he said the same thing.

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