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Old 10-18-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Manual tranny: To downshift or not downshift....

I saw this article on Edmund's' website:

Busting the Myths of Driving a Manual Transmission - Edmunds.com

It contradicts how I learned to drive a manual tranny with regard to (on road) downshifting. Do you all downshift as you come to a stop or throw it in neutral and brake to a stop?

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Been down shifting since before I got my driver's license and that was 53 years ago and have yet to wear a clutch plate out from that practice.





And I don't have any vehicles with auto's as I hate them. The brake linings/pads wear much, much quicker than the clutch plate if both are properly set up and properly used-just don't slip the clutch.

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I haven't read the edmonds article yet, but to answer your question: I have always downshifted when coming to a stop. But with this Jeep (2012, 2 door, 6 speed) I found 5th gear is all but worthless as far as slowing the vehicle down. So I started dropping from 6th to 4th, then 4th to 2nd.
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I haven't read the edmonds article yet, but to answer your question: I have always downshifted when coming to a stop. But with this Jeep (2012, 2 door, 6 speed) I found 5th gear is all but worthless as far as slowing the vehicle down. So I started dropping from 6th to 4th, then 4th to 2nd.
I do it similar with the 6th to 4th. I use it a lot in rush hour rather than hitting my brakes.

duffer: I was thinking the same thing about brakes vs. clutch repair.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Neither, when stoping, clutch goes in, and brake. Shift to first at rest. Now if the light changes before a full stop, then down shift to appropiate gear. I might downshift before turning a corner, depends on situation. Now, this is mostly city driving, with a lot of stop and go.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #6
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Yeah, I downshift.

And I've heard the substance of this article before. Namely, that you shouldn't downshift because brakes are cheap and easy to replace, whereas clutch plates aren't, so why use your clutch to slow down the vehicle when you can do it just fine with your brakes?

I say, "M'eh." Folks have been downshifting to slow down forever with no problems. If you're good at, downshift. If not, you don't have to. Whatever works for you.
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Sometimes I like to slow to a stop without using my brakes until absolutly necessary. Just for fun.
And sometimes I downshift as an effective tool to remove a tailgater from my personal space.

BTW - I agree with this part of the article: ...you really get a sense of man-and-machine symbiosis when you master the manual transmission.
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Neither, when stoping, clutch goes in, and brake. Shift to first at rest. Now if the light changes before a full stop, then down shift to appropiate gear. I might downshift before turning a corner, depends on situation. Now, this is mostly city driving, with a lot of stop and go.
me too..less strain on the entire drive train
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Always downshift, but mildly, while using brakes ..... like to end up around 2000-2300 rpm when I release the clutch in the lower gear.

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:23 PM   #10
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I downshift, rev-match, heel-and-toe all the time. I came from the sport car world lol.
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I downshift, rev-match, heel-and-toe all the time. I came from the sport car world lol.
Haha +1 on doing the same... came from the rallycross and sports car world as well.
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Downshift when wanting to accelerate faster. If your just coasting to a stop downshifting does nothing.
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Downshift when wanting to accelerate faster. If your just coasting to a stop downshifting does nothing.
Have you ever drove a manual? Down shifting slows you down.
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I've always downshifted with no problems. It's the way I've done it for 26 years of driving. Not gonna change now.
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Down shifting helps when your pulling a heavy trailer in the rain without ABS
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I downshift all the time. I came from a sportscar world too.
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Have you ever drove a manual? Down shifting slows you down.
yes, that's all I drove for the last 25 years, 400,000 miles. What do YOU do when hauling a load or want to pass? Up shift? I just don't want to waste the gas or increase wear the drivetrain to slow me down. Sports cars only downshift to prepare for acceleration following a curve or corner, not to save brake pads or sound cool.
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yes, that's all I drove for the last 25 years, 400,000 miles. What do YOU do when hauling a load or want to pass? Up shift? I just don't want to waste the gas or increase wear the drivetrain to slow me down. Sports cars only downshift to prepare for acceleration following a curve or corner, not to save brake pads or sound cool.
There is no more wear than usual when down shifting to slow down infact it saves your brakes and it doesn't hurt your gas mileage that much.

And sports cars do it to get ready to accelerate out of a curve but they also do it to save their brakes.
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If you down shift and let off the gas, your not speeding up.

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