Paddle Shifter in Automatic Transmission Car

Paddle Shifter in Automatic Transmission Car:

Paddle Shifter in Automatic Transmission Car
Paddle Shifters (in Red mark)

In these days, a huge competition in the automobile market. And here, the toughest challenge is to provide better features in a tight budget. Automakers are understanding customer demands and choices. They are offering some cool features that improve driving comfort and make it joyful. Paddle shifter is also a special feature in an automatic car. This paddle shifter also changes gear same like a gear stick in a manual car. This is a useful feature especially for those customers who want to enjoy the automatic car driving similar to manual cars. Yet, this means not that, it will work the same as manual cars. This is why? we will discuss.

Paddle Shifter
Paddle Shifter in Car
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As we have read in the previous post, in manual car driver need to select the gear as per situation like speed, load etc. But in an automatic car, a sensor, ECU and actuator do that. The driver just needs to push the gear selector to (Drive Mode) select from N (Neutral) or R (Reverse). Here gear selector is the synonym of gear lever or paddle shifter as well. Some automatic cars having + and signs on the gear selector. As you can see in the below image.


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Signs on Automatic Gearstick


Plus and Minus Symbol in an Automatic Transmission Car:

In the above image, you have seen the letters and signs on the gear lever. Here, did you think what is the use of the Plus and Minus symbols? Gear shifting is manually possible in automatic cars by toggling the lever towards these signs. “+” sign means increasing the gear number and “-” sign means reducing. But, this feature works for some time only. Once, if we toggle the lever +/- signs from drive (D) mode to +/- signs, this will go automatically again in drive mode after 30-60 seconds OR what time is programmed in TCM (Transmission Control Module). Usually, when the driver wants to run the car in Sports Mode OR Manual mode, he needs to select the +/- (Sports / Manual Mode) Using the gear selector knobe.

Once he goes in manual or sports mode, then he will match the speed like the Manual cars. There is no role of the Clutch lever. If the driver wants to enjoy the driving manually, but not use the gear lever. Then Gear Shifting Paddles are the best options for him. 

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How Paddle Shifters works in an Automatic Transmission Car:

The Paddle shifters are not available in all automatic cars. Generally, these paddle shifters are provided in High-performance, and racing cars. But, in these days it is an attractive feature for customers. So car makers provide this feature in middle budget automatic cars as well.

Just like the gear shifter, paddle shifters are also a toggling lever, that operates the switches. And that switches gives signals to TCM (Transmission Control Module) to shift the gear. Here, ECU does not interfere in the gear shifting process. Instead Human (Driver) does the process like ECU. Two gear shifting paddle are mounted under the steering, as you can see in the above image. The right one having a “+” symbol means it shifts gear higher from lower. And left side lever having a “-” symbol. It shifts down from higher gear.

Honda Amaze, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Creta, are the Middle segment cars having this amazing feature. If we talk about the utility of this feature. There is not any special utility, instead of fun. Because in Automatic cars not need to shift the gear.

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