Why does it feel like mild engine braking whenever I take my foot off the gas pedal in my 2015 ford explorer sport, kind of annoying.

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Asked by Jan 15, 2015 at 06:30 PM about the 2015 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

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I have a new Ford explorer Sport 2015.  When I am travelling on a mild downhill, and I take my foot off the gas, the car feels like it is engine braking, mildly.  a bit annoying to have to lightly touch the gas and can't be good for mileage.  What is happening?

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The transmission is probably down shifting which is what you feel. Bring it back to the dealer if you believe it is not correct. If they tell you it's normal, then test drive another vehicle comparably equipped.

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Thxs. I'll monitor the tachometer next time I come to a long downhill. I don't think it is down shifting as I would likely notice. I'll keep you posted.

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In my area there is a steep and high overpass. If I let off the gas of my explorer when coasting downhill I will eventually feel the drag from the tranny as it tries to brake the vehicle. It's not a bang of the shift, more of a feeling of drag. If I apply a little gas the drag stops.

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That is exactly the same thing I experience while coasting downhill. It's a different driving experience than my old car (2002 Ford Explorer). I've found that up shifting with the paddle shifters improves the glide if I am not keep pace with the cars ahead, or applying a bit of gas. thxs

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Also, make sure your are driving the vehicle with the automatic overdrive operating. If you turn off the automatic overdrive the dragging feeling is more noticeable.

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