2011 2.3L Auto hangs in 3rd with a load or uphill?
I drive a 2011 2.3L (Auto) Supercab which I love dearly. That said it's seems to have a somewhat annoying characteristic with the way the automatic shifts.
Basically I only notice this when I have any sort of weight along in the truck, say 500 or more pounds in the box. Everything is great if my truck is on level ground. If I'm merging onto a freeway or climbing a slight hill the auto hangs in 3rd gear until the ground is either level or downhill, or I let up on the accelerator.
What gives? Is this normal for this truck or does it sounds like something is wrong? I was embarrassed because I had a buddy in my truck who owns a Tacoma. I went to get on the freeway where the on-ramp starts from a slight uphill than curves and drops down to get on the freeway.
My buddy was like "Hey what’s up with your truck shouldn't it shift by now" In the trucks defense it was loaded down 6-700 lbs or slightly more, two adults, slightly uphill into a headwind on a windy day. Truck stayed in 3rd gear until I basically let up on the throttle, I was not flooring it.
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