Went out and put my foot into it and got it so I could feel some shifting going on--normally I am a feather throttle just to save gas. This time I went out to three-mile stretch with no hills very close to my house so she was not fully warmed up.
I also got up to speed more rapidly than I normally do in the Crate--I could feel shifting and the rpms drop down -by the second mile I got it to do 60 mph at about 2200 rpm. Sounds like it is now in the ballpark when not fully warmed up. Not sure if putting my foot into it as I pulled away from a stop or what caused it to act more normal. In my case, this is abnormal because for the last few months I always saw 3k at 55 mph.
I know that most of the time up here in the mountains I am going up and down steep hills so I seem to always see 3K at 55 even when I am going downhill or even when I hit a fairly level straight between hills- which does not last too long. I wonder if it is the hills that keep it in 3rd and when I get to even a long (say 3 mile) straight it does not wish to shift up to forth.
I only went to a very local flat stretch near my house so perhaps putting my foot into it and not going up a hill made it react more normal.
I will know this weekend where I will be traveling through the mountain roads- see if it gets out of third gear.