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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-02-2017, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Shifting to park before engine off?

So I have 9-speed transition in my 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD. With push button transmission control, do I need to shift to park before hitting engine stop? It seems to do the right thing and is more convenient just to hit the stop button, but will this hurt anything?
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As long as the car is fully stopped, it doesn't really matter which way you do it. It is designed to automatically shift into park when you hit the "start/stop" button. I'm a bit old school, so I usually hit the "Park" button first, but I have accessorized the "Park" button with rubber nubs so I'm reasonably confident I'm punching the right button! There. I finally got a chance to vent about the push-button shifter. It's been a while...
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Should press Park button first. I noticed the few times that I pressed the Start/Stop prior to Park, the Pilot does go into Park mode.
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So I have 9-speed transition in my 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD. With push button transmission control, do I need to shift to park before hitting engine stop? It seems to do the right thing and is more convenient just to hit the stop button, but will this hurt anything?
You should be okay. But, personally, I always shift into park, remove my foot from the brake, and make sure the Pilot "rolls" into park (the rocking feeling where you know the park "gear" is engaged). Then i shut off the Pilot.

With two young kids I take no chances. The few seconds that it takes to verify the Pilot is in park is well worth the time versus a trip to the ER if the Pilot were to roll over one of the kids or even myself.
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I'm going to have to check it tonight but I feel like what I experience is different. If I hit start/stop with the vehicle still in drive it won't go into park automatically, even if I am stopped. I need to hit start/stop again, put it into park and then turn off the vehicle.

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I'm going to have to check it tonight but I feel like what I experience is different. If I hit start/stop with the vehicle still in drive it won't go into park automatically, even if I am stopped. I need to hit start/stop again, put it into park and then turn off the vehicle.

If that is what it is doing, something is wrong. The auto shift to park was added to mitigate roll-off accidents. The thing will even shift to park if you open the driver's door with the trans in drive, which is a bit of a problem for backing a small trailer.
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I checked and I was wrong.

If the vehicle is in drive but stopped (foot on brake) and I push start/stop the transmission will go into park after about a second. The vehicle then automatically goes into Acc mode and you have to press start/stop again with your foot off the brake to turn it off.


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I never put the Pilot in Park before pushing the Start/Stop button to turn off the engine. It goes into Park automatically. And mine does not go into ACC Mode, when I do this.
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I'm a bit old school, so I usually hit the "Park" button first
My school must be older than yours: I shift into park & apply the parking brake before shutting the engine off & removing my foot from the brake pedal.

IMO this minimizes any potential for auto roll and it's impact, no matter how minor, on the transmission.
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I always use the Parking Brake. Whether, I need it or not. Old School.
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The downside to doing the "old school" way - I've just pulled into a parking spot, car still in drive, foot on brake, and the Pilot goes into "sleep" mode (engine shuts down). If I then press "Park," the engine comes back on, only for me to turn it off with the Start/Stop button. So, doing it "old school," I've introduced another start/stop cycle on the starter & engine, even if only momentarily.

That said, I usually press "Park," then "Start/Stop," out of habit. But I'm considering trying to make a habit of just pressing "Start/Stop" instead, to keep it from starting up for a second (unnecessarily) before I shut it down.
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I never use the "sleep mode" option. I don't think I would be saving that much gas vs the hassle of the engine going to sleep all the time.

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Sorry. I dozed off there. What were you saying?

I used the parking brake all the time when it was actuated by a big lever right next to the sumptuous leather knob on the 5-speed manual shift stick. ( Sob, I really miss that ). Of course, I would have had to contort my arm around the raised parking brake lever to shift the car if I didn't lower the stupid thing first. With the cleverly hidden foot pedal next to the dead pedal, I only remember I have set the thing after the brakes start screeching and the dash lights up like a Christmas tree and starts chiming at me. Yeesh. But it is somewhat soothing when I park next to a cliff.
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The downside to doing the "old school" way - I've just pulled into a parking spot, car still in drive, foot on brake, and the Pilot goes into "sleep" mode (engine shuts down). If I then press "Park," the engine comes back on, only for me to turn it off with the Start/Stop button. So, doing it "old school," I've introduced another start/stop cycle on the starter & engine, even if only momentarily.
I've also noticed this very annoying fact. Happens every time I drive my car into my garage. I'll have to try pressing the Start/Stop without the Park.

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