Yes, I know what you mean. I'm not new to other enthusiast forums, but maybe that's the difference. Dirt motor, mountainbike, and other specific activity sites are probably more focused and inhabited by a narrower user group. I've never spent this much time on a mainstream vehicle forum before, and it seemed odd that quite a few posters weren't reading much of the info previously covered in recent posts. I guess it's like opening up a service manual, getting the info you need, and putting the manual back up...LOL! And don't get me wrong...it wasn't like I was upset or such...just surprised. But being such a mainstream vehicle, it makes sense upon reflection. Still, this truck is so cool to me compared to many of the other automotive vehicles that I've owned, it's almost like a hot rod, sports car, or other enthusiast vehicle...LOL!thats' just part of an open forum, expect to see retorical questions. As a user you can reply, or hit the back button.
diligent, that's a good question as to why it's not in the owner's manual. The reason is probably based on the fact that the fuel economy numbers earned by the given truck/engine combination are a result of running on the MDS. If the manufacturer promotes or suggests that you can easily turn off the MDS, they might run afoul of the EPA or some other element of the fed concerning the fuel economy numbers and CAFE standards. At least that's my speculation.OK, good to know there's a way to defeat it (I was wrong) - is that in the owners manual too (I don't remember seeing it)?
Guys - you can't really blame people for not being familiar with every thread ever posted on an internet forum. You know, there's like 1000 new threads per day on this site. I don't have the time to read every one.
I will have to test this theory about improved throttle response while MDS is off. So just kick it into "5" as in 5th gear? I don't play with the gear selection much, but it doesn't seem like a great idea to have it in 5th unless at highway speeds?
First off, in our trucks, the manual gear selection only "limits" the transmission to the highest gear selected. It doesn't actually force that gear like some "manumatics". So, if you select 4, you'll still use 1,2, and 3 as well.OK forgive my ignorence but is that not putting the auto transmission in it's highest gearing all the time? I don't fully understand autos and TC's, but that would seem to me the TC would have to do all the work (in the viscous coupling) if the tranny is always 5th gear.
That's interesting-you just answered some thoughts of mine.Actually, you can temporarily defeat MDS... well documented on this site.
Just flick your transmission into '5', and the MDS will stop. I usually keep mine off while beginning my drive, and when on residential streets.
However, as soon as you shift into any other gear, that resets it back to 'on'.