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    Re: Torque converter on a DSG transmission?

    I agree cars are getting better. I guess I got off on a tangent the other day. Sorry, I get bothered by a number of things in our world these days, and the fact that there are so few mechanics these days is very frustrating. The industry is well aware of the alarming predicament they're in due to an overall feeling in our society that being an automotive mechanic (and most other mechanical things one would do with their hands such as a machinist) is something to be looked down on. Really a shame IMO.
    But, as far as cars that have so much electrical crap heaped on them, I'm sure they'll continue to take over the market. Again, I don't think that's necessarily a good thing.

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    Re: Torque converter on a DSG transmission?

    Don't usually keep up with everyone else on new car stuff, but I finally looked up DSG transmission on Yahoo. Explanation was that it's two 3-speed manual transmissions in a single unit. When you start out, the first trans is in 1st gear while the second in already in second gear. When sufficient speed has been achieved, the clutches very quickly switch over to drive through the second trans while the first trans goes into 3rd gear and becomes ready for the next shift. When that occurs the second trans, now disengaged, goes into 4th gear, so the two trans are alternating back and forth through a set of clutches which are rapidly engaged/disengaged as dictated by the computer. That's kinda cool!

    Guess I can see now why it was mentioned above that the ride could be a bit jerky in just normal driving since the engine speed has to quickly change during the shift change in order to smooth out the ride. Sounds like this may not be done well enough yet in some applications.
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    Re: Torque converter on a DSG transmission?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katshot View Post
    But, as far as cars that have so much electrical crap heaped on them, I'm sure they'll continue to take over the market. Again, I don't think that's necessarily a good thing.

    What's critical is that as the electronics increase in complexity they increase *faster* in their ability to self diagnose, or assist in diagnosing. Sometimes we make headway in that department and sometimes we fall back. I love that I can hit the OnStar button and get the diagnosis for a check engine light or other ECU codes while driving without hitting a shop or even pluggin in an OBD II tester. Now they need to give the call center monkeys a better knowledgebase to *draw* on when looking up the codes up.

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    Re: Torque converter on a DSG transmission?

    I have no problem with the DSG. It is clearly superior to the conventional planetary gear automatic. And I have no illusions, I know it can shift faster than I can even think about shifting.

    I am sure the DSG will replace all other transmissions (unless something even better comes along.) And I am sure they will work out the herky-jerky nature of it.
    But for now, I will stick with my old-fashioned, single-clutch, shift-it-urself standard transmission. It may be slower, but it is definitely more fun than pressing a button.

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