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Old 10-12-2012, 05:40 PM   #1
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I was going to say I'm a novice, but I'm 63 years old, so I ain't a novice at many things. Maybe sky diving.

Anyhoo, the question is one that has been cluttering up my few remaining brain cells for a while: with an automatic transmission, why do I care about a tachometer? RPMs seem like too much information.

Looks cool, but no impact on my life, if you take my meaning. Any care to enlighten me?
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
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How about if you were stuck in snow or mud and were rocking it to try to get out? Wouldn't want to blow the engine and make things worse...
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Why, Ginger, you're (notice the usage of "you're" to mean "you are", not "your" - don't know why I wrote that...) just a whipper snapper! Hehehehe, I'm right there with you in age.

Me, I kind of like the tach; another thing I can watch while driving...
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When towing or descending a grade, you may want to have an idea of your engine speed because you may want to manually select gears in your automatic transmission....
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Because ANY car or truck worth having has a tachometer?
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the truck won't let itself blowup. Its smarter than you think. They all are. lol

Tachs are the other big gauge cause they don't want you to see how much gas you are burning. lol You can watch the RPMs for fuel economy (keep it below a certain RPM for example) but its kind of fluff nowdays unless you are waiting for it to wind down before changing gears in the snow/mud..
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I really use the tachometer when towing. I would hate to do without it. VERY nice to have for hills, both up and down...
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I was going to say I'm a novice, but I'm 63 years old, so I ain't a novice at many things. Maybe sky diving.

Anyhoo, the question is one that has been cluttering up my few remaining brain cells for a while: with an automatic transmission, why do I care about a tachometer? RPMs seem like too much information.

Looks cool, but no impact on my life, if you take my meaning. Any care to enlighten me?
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I really think they are still there because people are so used to them being there and would freak if the BIG 3 would take them out.
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Use the tach to tow and try to keep it steady to get good gas milage
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