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I have a 2009 carens LSCRDI auto. When I 'kick down' on overtaking the engine almost revs to the stop but the car does not increase in speed. If the car was manual it would be the same sympton as a burnt out clutch. I am told by the dealership that nothing can be done as the gearbox is set at the factory. Any suggestions ?
 

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At what type of speed?



What happens in "tiptronic" mode if you do the same thing?
 

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Hi, the speed varies but is generally anything from 30mph to 60mph.
I have not tried the tiptronic system but I believe that at 50+ it is not possible to use it to change down to a lower gear. i would add that cosidering it is a 1.9 engine, there is virtually no torque. i.e. the revs increase on the slightest incline. I think I will stick with manual gearboxes in future
 

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I have exactly the same problem on my 2005 auto diesel. It wants to change down on the slightest incline. On any sort of biggish hill it will sit in 3rd or even 2nd with no sign of changing up until the road levels out. It is very frustrating. Around town, any low speed corners and it drops back to 1st for a split second before changing back up again. I'm sure this is why my town driving mpg is only 24.
I quite often drive it in the "hold" position which effectively gives me only 3 forward gears, but at least it's not changing up and down so much.
 

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Hi Duckydon, It may have been set at the factory when new, but can be set up afterwards, such as clutch bands and speed setting. on one model car I had, after 150,000 miles, had a auto box checked and service and set up at a good auto box work shop.

Wow that box was the best it had ever been.
So if your local Kia dealer has not got the know how on auto,s I would recommend checking your area to see if you have a local autobox service centre as they work with them every day.



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I hope you mean a 2.0 litre engine or else you've been short changed lol.


The autos I've driven have been much more responsive than you describe so I'd defo have a word with your local dealer, if they've got a decent mechanic (giggles at that statement!) get him/her to take it out or better still try & borrow another auto to compare it with.



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Demag: Your box is totally different to that of a Mk3, the best advice I can give you is to get yours chipped, my Mk2 was a totally different animal when I had mine done & I got well in excess of 30mpg on a run as per your other thread on the US forum.
 

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Hi everyone. Thanks for your replies and comments. Yes it has got a 2.0L engine but the way the revs build up at the slightest incline it might as well have a 1.0L engine. When I queried the problem with the local dealership all the did was check the oil level in the gearbox and then told me it was factory set and there was nothing they could do.(decent mechanic ?????). If I took the car to an auto gearbox specialist it would cancel the 5 yr. warranty so it looks like a catch 22 situation.
 

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is this upgrade specifically for the gearbox or is it part of the general ecm upgrade. I only ask because the ecm upgrade was carried out for the surging problem (only lasted 2 weeks!!)cured the surge problem by redlining the revs and changing to shell diesel engine now runs as smooth as silk!
 

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Apoligies, thought i was in sedona forum!
There are umpteen ecm upgrades for carens however, and if memory serves me correct there is one about autobox issues.
 
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