2013 Passat TDI SEL Premium

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  1. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Ain't you something. I got that, printed it out ages ago.. well not ages ago, back right after I found this site. Alright, you talk, "if you don't take advantage of your decreased rolling resistance to extend a glide." What does that mean? Please remember, I'm 72 y/o and all of this is, how do I say, NEW TO ME!?

    Thank you,
    Bruce
    Brookings, OR
     
  2. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Simply put, you have upped the pressure in your tires in order to decrease the rolling resistance. In order to take advantage of this, you need to glide more and for longer distances to truly take advantage of the increased air pressure.
     
  3. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Alright, educate me. Now is GLIDE where you coast, putting the transmission in neutral? I asked a mechanic, here in town, and he said you can't do that with an A/T (automatic trans). Help me learn please. Speaking of learning, may I ask this? How do you get those MPGus icons below your name? I asked someone else, but also asked other questions, so he probably flew right over it. Pray tell, how do you. I'm at my 3rd refuel and am doing 44.8 MPG, that's according to FUELLY. IN this new car, refueling is not an activity that I engage in as often as I am accustom to in my old car, (2008 Saturn, Outlook, XR).

    Thank you for your post.

    Bruce
    Brookings, OR
     
  4. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Hi Bruce ,
    Ideally , you will want to "glide" (coast) in neutral. Consult your owner's manual to see if it is safe to do so. You don't necessarily need to practice "pulse and glide" , but you should at least try to glide when you can see by looking far ahead that you will need to stop or slow. Your car (at 50 psi) will coast almost FOREVER , so you want to look as far ahead as possible and get into neutral as soon as possible. Some automagical transmissions are a little funny when going from neutral back into Drive ; if you do N-ICE-ON gliding (neutral,engine on) you should try this move at lower speeds at first (25-30 MPH).
    Your mechanic in town may not be familiar with VW's dual-clutch trans. I'm not , either. But I would trust your owner's manual for that info. Just be sure that when you go into neutral when moving that you don't push any other buttons on your shifter. I'm sure you wouldn't want to put it in reverse at 50 MPH.
    A big part of efficient driving is analyzing the traffic in front of , behind , around you. If you can , you want to CREATE space in front of you to go as far as possible before you need to apply accelerator again.
    You're on the right track , just don't worry about learning everything at once. Practice and become very familiar with the basics. Learn the idiosyncrasies of your car. It takes time.
     
  5. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Is there anyone that would help me to get my car in the FUEL LOGS? I've clicked on everything I can think of and can't come up with a form, a direction, anything. Once I clicked on ADD A VEHICLE but that had my user name and some other vehicle. Plus, it wouldn't take my info.

    Any direction will be greatly appreciated.

    Bruce
     
  6. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yes. In other words, manage your speed carefully, so the energy the higher pressure saves for you isn't wasted on avoidable braking.
     
  7. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Try this
     
  8. thunderstruck

    thunderstruck Super Moderator

    Remember that's not an automatic trans-it has no torque converter. It's a clutch pedalless transmission. The clutch is controlled by the car, but it still has one.
     
  9. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Good Day thunderstruck, I'm not sure I understand what your post means. I do know, when I asked a local mechanic about GLIDING, putting the car in neutral and then back in drive, he very emphatically said, "no you do not what to do that, not with that car." I have, a few times, moved the shift lever to the right (the tip position) and shifted + it to 6th gear. Seems to drop the revs down by 30 to 50 RPMs. I thought that might be good for FE and MPG. Would you happen to know?

    Hey, I went over to FUELLY, signed up, and just recently started getting my MPG logged. Thank you for your reply.

    Bruce
    Brookings, OR
     
  10. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    I'd say that IS an automatic transmission, even though it's not a conventional torque converter+planetary gearset one. That's a semantic issue, not a technical one.

    I'm curious whether that "local mechanic" knew what he was talking about when he advised against neutral coasting, or was blowing smoke.
     
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I've found that local mechanics possess equal amounts of hard automotive knowledge and their own "opinions" , which are sometimes true.
     
  12. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Yes, RedclC94, you might be correct. This gentleman has taken care of my other cars for several years. When he said what he said, I even asked, "you know this is a diesel we're talking about." He doesn't repair diesels. One thing for sure, if you ask VW service, they tell you, "doing anything like that will void your warranty." But they say that about everything. Geez, don't ask them about raising the air pressure in the tires. That one is a "void the warranty too. But guess what, tire manufacture do not warranty mileage on original tires on a new car. Check that one out. I was shocked when I found that out.

    One other thing. I see no one has offered me any suggestion, direction to get those MPGus incon with my user name. Must be I'm not supposed to know, eh? You know the old adage, "if you have to ask, you ain't on the need to know list." Thank you anyway, everyone.

    Be well,
    Bruce
    Brookings, OR
     
  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Sorry , Bruce. I never learned how to do that.
     
  14. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Bruce and Edwin,

    One thread above this one is the sticky that instructs you on how to affix it to your signature. Let me know if you need any help after reading it. I found it pretty straight forward, but you may not.

    V/R,
    John
     
  15. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Prozac:

    When you say, "one thread above this one is the sticky that instructs;" THREAD, I'm at al lose there. I looked at the POST/REPLY before yours - that was from EDWIN. The one before that was me. Walk me through it please. And, thank you for your reply and help.

    Bruce
     
  16. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

  17. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Okay, I have the SIGNATURE link. In the FUEL LOG that is EMMISSION, do you happen to know what a 2013 VW PASSAT TDI SEL Premium DSG is?

    Thank you, am filling everything out.

    Bruce
     
  18. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Can anyone direct me to where I can find out what EMMISSION my auto has? I have a 2013 VW PASSAT TDI SEL Premium A/T w/DSG.

    Thank you
     
  19. Prozac

    Prozac Well-Known Member

    Bruce,

    I can't help you with that, but check you PMs. I fixed your link for you. You just need to cut and paste it into your signature.
     
  20. bw61374

    bw61374 Active Member

    Just wanted to thank Prozac for helping me with this SIGNATURE issue. What ever WE did it was because I 'cut and paste," according to direction. Thank you, sir.

    Be well,
     

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