The Truth About Using Sport Mode in Your Car, Does it Cause Damage

The Truth About Using Sport Mode in Your Car, Does it Cause Damage


rev up your engines,
jsph says scotty is it bad to always shift from normal to sport mode in my automatic
acura tl, I’m a spirited driver and have that habit, is there any long term damages,
no because when you go from normal to sport drive, all that’s doing is, it’s telling the
computer that you’re now driving in sport mode so it will shift later so you’ll have
more acceleration, you’ll get worse gas mileage, it isn’t going to hurt anything, the computer
is set up to run them both ways so switching back and forth isn’t going to hurt anything,
and if you’re a sporty driver, I’d say leave it in sport other than when you want to get
better gas mileage, put it on normal, because I mean once your on the highway and you’re
going 65 it’s already in top gear anyways so it doesn’t matter your cruising at one
speed and it doesn’t matter if it’s in normal or sport once it’s into the top gear,
but you are a spirited driver you might just leave it in sport but just for your own curiosity
drive it a tank full of gas on normal and drive it for a tank on sport and see what
the difference in gas mileage is and if it’s a lot I wouldn’t use the sport as much,
alex says what are your thoughts on the type r hondas, they’re good vehicles because most
of the type r’s as far as I know most of them, almost all of them are standard transmission,
honda is a motorcycle company, they made engines, they always made great engines,
their transmissions in automatics are a little weak but their standard transmission were
good and those are standard transmission, I had a customer that just bought one of those
new and he love it, it’s fun to drive around, he brought it around and we took it for a
ride on the highway, it was fun to drive their well made cars,
and if your talking about the honda motorcycles yeah their r’s are killer racing bikes, the
are really screaming motorcycles, they started out as a motorcycles company so they know
engines, those are good cars if you want to spend that kind of money,
jackson says scotty I’m thinking about buying a 1991-92 pontiac trans am firebird as my
next car what do you think about it, well back in 91 and 92 they were pretty good
cars, they had those big v8 engines and all that stuff but your talking about what, a
28 year old car, that’s an old car, if your going to buy one, you want a mechanic like
me to check it out, all good mechanics have a check out fee most guys charge about $100,
you want it checked out before you throw your hard earned money out, could be a lot of problems
with it, but they were solid v8 engine cars that were
relatively simple back then, their transmissions were still well built,
and they were rear wheel drive cars, let’s face it Americans were masters at building
rear wheel drive cars, front wheel drive cars meh,
they’re still not that hot at making them, and those were rear wheel drive cars,
God is my savior says scotty what do you think about high octane boosters,
do you think it’s ok to use them in a 2011 toyota camry se, well you’d be wasting your
money it doesn’t need it unless your putting a supercharger or turbocharger on it, you
don’t need it, it’s made to run on normal gas, now I have
customers with really old cars, 67 mustangs their made to run on high octane gas, they
won’t run right unless you put an octane booster or the customers of mine that are really particular
about it, they will buy aviation fuel, they’ll go to an airport and they’ll buy aviation
fuel that’s 100 octane and they run great on that,
the octane boosters work to some extent but you don’t need them on a modern car, their
not set up for that, your better to buy a higher quality fuel if
you got an old car, than just add the booster because to boost it up so much you’d spend
a fortune buying the octane booster because each can only boosts them a couple of points
and if you got 93 octane and you want to get up to 100 it might take pints of that octane
booster to get it up to 100, shepard says scotty what’s your opinion on
a new ford mustang 2018, I like them buy I got to admit, I’m old school and I go for
the v8 engines, I just do, now they’ve got an ecoboost 4 cylinder that can put out 315
horsepower or so and I had one and it was fun to drive around but unfortunately they
gave me an automatic transmission one and I hate those, if I would have had the speed
or 6 speed standard ecoboost 4 cylinder I would have liked it more,
but I really like the sound of the v8’s if I was getting a mustang I would get a v8 it’s
just a classic sound you know, and I really don’t give a rat’s behind about gas mileage
because on my own car I only put like 900 miles on it last year so, I wouldn’t care
if the thing got like 12 miles a gallon because I don’t drive that far you know so it wouldn’t
be that much difference to me, and if you do drive them conservatively I had a 2018
with the v8 and that new 10 speed automatic transmission and it got like 23 miles a gallon
on the highway going 65 miles an hour so there’s nothing wrong with that,
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  2. You'll probably save more fuel in sport mode because the throttle response will improve. And in economy mode an automatic would usually set off in second, not first so you'll burn more fuel setting off every time.

    Don't forget. Scotty will be talking about 30 year old cars. A lot has changed since then.

  3. Hey Scotty, what do you think about the Blue Devil head gasket sealer? Does it really work on engines with warped heads and blown head gaskets?

  4. Hey Scotty, what do you think about the '18 Camry v6 xse. All of the car is electronic nowadays. I do a lot of long distance driving so I would go for a v6.

  5. I trust you Scotty…. I’m 27… Indiana…. I don’t know much about cars but I believe what you tell me because you seem real 🙂

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  7. Scotty, I’ve got a Ford Fiesta 1 litre EcoBoost 3 cylinder. It’s got a turbocharger that will fit on an A4 size piece of paper. I want to tune it but I’ve been told that the turbo will blow up if I take it from 140 bhp to 180bhp. I will upgrade the inter cooler and induction kit and put a cat back exhaust on it. What are your thoughts on reliability?

  8. Hey scotty have 2015 Kia soul does ECO mode make difference in gas mileage? I turn. It off and still getting same results

  9. I would do some research on fords 5.0 in the Mustangs they are having issues with them making a knocking noise in the bottom end.

  10. Hi, scotty big fan of yours. Glad there's someone out there that is an honest mechanic and shares information with the community that other mechanics wont share.. keep up great work!!!

  11. I like to use sport mode on the highway because it also gives tighter steering response
    At highway speeds it has helped me avoid lane charging idiots who don't care who they cut off.

  12. It's illegal to run aviation gas in a car. Because there's no road use tax on it. Plus aviation gas had a lot of lead in it. It's also illegal for a FBO to pump aviation gas into a vehicle that is licensed for road use. The way around that is find a FBO that will pump it in a gas can.

  13. What about the manual option in an automatic transmission. Like paddle shifters or the knob pushing it up or back. Is that bad for the long term?

  14. Older cars will run well on Airplane Fuel because Airplane Fuel is leaded gasoline. When it says 100LL stands for low lead.

  15. just make sure when you're in sport mode you drive it faster like it's intended. if you drive too slow your transmission will shift harder

  16. The downside of sport mode is that the car gets louder and sometimes when you floor it while cruising, to cut in traffic let's say, it will try to downshift a couple of gears instead of just one. So by the time that happens, it ends up taking longer than it would have in normal mode.

  17. Scotty, do you ever get annoyed always answering questions that most people can find the answers to in their cars owners manual ?

  18. My RAV4 gets better gas mileage in sport than if in normal. Difference is 25 vs 28 I find the extra responsiveness helps efficiency.

  19. You can use sport mode with the paddle shifters to shift as soon as possible keeping the RPM real low with slow acceleration. This will increase your MPG by at least 5.

  20. I HAD to drive my 16 Passat in sport mode. The new “fuel efficient” programming is garbage. It shifted like garbage in Drive and I could tell that transmission issues would be in my future, driving that nonsense in drive. It’s the same story with my new 8 speed Atlas. Sport mode or no mode. Gas is cheaper than all wheel drive drivetrain components and work.

  21. So I don’t have to use the paddle shifters will the car automatically shift gears for me in sport mode? I’m buying an explorer xlt with sport mode and would like to know if you can drive automatically without shifting in sport ?

  22. My mom's Saturn SL2 had a sport switch by the shifter. In sport mode it would shift when the engine hit redline. In sport mode that 4 door had some balls!

  23. I was going to sell my Mazda 3 GT only having it for two years until I realized how much better is handles in Sport mode.

  24. Hey scotty I have a jeep patriot 2012 had a leak in the trans said they fixed it leak still In same spot should i trade in soon

  25. Actually Scotty it just down shifts one gear and leaves it in a lower gear so you’ve got more engine RPM’s thus this keeps the power ready when you stomp the gas.

  26. My 2014 Honda Accord with a Manual Transmission has an, “Econ,” button. What the hell does that do in a standard transmission car?

  27. "Normal" lugs my engine more than I like. A few years of driving an 18 wheeler across the continent taught me the value of keeping the revs up past where they now want the bottom red line under a load.

  28. We just bought a 2019 Mustang Premium convertible with a 4 cyl. eco boost and 10 spd transmission. I'm like you, gotta have a V8 like in my F150 truck but man, this thing is so fast. Plus, I didn't have to pay the 1300 gas guzzler tax on the GT. One thing that didn't sink in until after we got home from the dealer, It has summer tires…. like, only used in the SUMMER. Now I gotta go out and buy 4 more rims and tires because I live north of Chicago….. why didn't the sales person make it perfectly clear? I coulda bought a spare set and rolled it in to my payments at 0% financing…right? .. Thanks Scotty… love your channel.

  29. SPIRITED driver with automatic acura but he is worried about the sport mode… he knows about Scotty too … unfuckingbelivable …. he probably a troll

  30. This doesn't apply to a lot of cars. In quite a few cars, like my Mitsubishi 3000gt, it used to affect the suspension. Most of them on the road no longer have the electronically controlled struts because of the expense and availability.

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