View Full Version : Does your automatic new gen roll back on hills?

02-09-2004, 10:07 PM
I thought that one of the advantages of an automatic was that when you were on an incline, you didn't need to apply revs to stop the car rolling back.

Do I need something adjusted or do they roll back when you are on a hill?

Many thanks in advance for your replies.

02-09-2004, 10:12 PM
well depends how steep it is...

most hills im on, i dont use the brake nore accelerate
but some steep ones ive come across, i need to hit the gas slightly in order for the car to stay put...

02-09-2004, 10:47 PM
I have noticed it too on our neighborhood shopping center which has a slight incline as one leaves the parking lot traffic light intersection...have never had to 'quickly' gas it on any of our other cars as compared to our '03 CR-V, unless we dare cause damage to any vehicle in back (if they are that close)...

02-10-2004, 12:36 AM
it is best to keep your brake applied

02-10-2004, 08:46 AM
with an automatic, the way it is designed is so that when it is in drive, it uses little energy to propel the vehicle forward...probably get 5km/h out of a stand still on a flat, level road. When you go on a hill, physics throws gravity at you a little differently, thus counteracting the force of the 5km/h. If this force is stronger than the force of your tranny pushin the car forward, the vehicle will move backward. Its basic physics.

In theory, you could go backwards up a hill in drive if there was a force (ie. an extremely strong wind), pushing back at your car with more force than gravity and the tranny.

02-10-2004, 11:49 PM
for my 1gen crv, if i shift to 2nd, it will not go backwards
the engine will rev itself to stop the car from going backwards

02-13-2004, 08:13 PM
Mine will roll slightly if the hill is steep, but you should never let the transmission hold you on the hill; always use the brake.

02-13-2004, 10:14 PM
Mine will roll slightly if the hill is steep, but you should never let the transmission hold you on the hill; always use the brake.

right, i forgot to mention from my last post that it will give stress to the trans.
and maybe overheat it too :evil:
brake pads cost a lot less than the trans

'Curly Q Links'
02-20-2004, 09:18 AM

In the manual for the original CRVs it tells you that it's perfectly normal and that it's a fuel economy thing. They designed the tranny that way. Don't they mention it in the new manual?


02-20-2004, 10:21 PM

This totally reminds me of my cousin... He asked me the exact same question after he bought his 2003 Nissan Pathfinder Chilkoot (i know, i know... I tried talking him out of it...)...

Anyways, he's never owned an automatic, always cars with manual trannys...

It's normal guys... The majority of the cars out there will roll backwards even on the slightest inclines... Some will roll on very slight incline, some will only roll on medium inclines... but on some cars nowadays (ie: some Toyota's and Lexus's) has this new feature called "Hill Start-Assist Conrol"... Too bad the Honda guys didn't add this to their lineups...

Here's a link telling you all about it:


I could've used this feature when I was in Seattle last summer by the Piers... There were some roads that I swear was like at a 30 or 40 degree angle! Man, getting the stop at the top is really an adventure... I had it down pat though... I would put my parking brake fully on and then accelerate on the green... when I know i'm good to go, I would release the parking brake... And vehicles were parked in the way that they could tip over... Brave... Very Brave!

02-20-2004, 10:25 PM
Here's a cut and paste from that link I posted... It's a very neat and simple technology:

"Another Toyota system helps 4Runner drivers both on and off road. It is called Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and it works automatically as long as the transmission shift lever is in any forward gear position. If you have ever had to juggle the brake and gas pedals to start a vehicle moving while it was sitting on an uphill grade, you will appreciate HAC. The system prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards by applying the brakes for up to five seconds after the brake pedal is released. Now the driver can press on the throttle in a relaxed manner without concern that the vehicle will roll."

02-29-2004, 11:33 PM
left foot brake, right foot gas... if need be