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Old 11-24-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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downshifting question

Hey I have a question about downshifting.Instead of giving it gas and rolling off the clutch can I just let the clutch out slowly without giving it gas? Like if I was slowing down to traffic but didn't want to increase speed. Sorry new to driving stick
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Hey I have a question about downshifting.Instead of giving it gas and rolling off the clutch can I just let the clutch out slowly without giving it gas? Like if I was slowing down to traffic but didn't want to increase speed. Sorry new to driving stick
Yeah you can as long as it's a slow speed downshift. Our cars are pretty smart in the fact that it RPM matches a little if you give it a second to catch up.

That being said I still blip the throttle a bit when I do it. Hah
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Yes you can, thats pretty much the theory behind engine braking... Just think of i this way though, would you rather replace your brakes or your clutch? (Think of which one is cheaper and easier)
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Haha yea I rev match during normal downshifts but in traffic I don't want to lurch forward into somebody lol

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Would downshifting without giving it gas hurt the clutch? I don't mean giving it gas to match rpms before letting clutch out. I mean giving it gas after the clutch hits the friction point
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You'll probably burn the clutch like that.
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I wouldn't worry so much about the clutch as I would the synchros in the transmission. It's the synchro's job to match speeds when shifting and if you do a long slow roll without blipping the throttle it's the synchros that take the abuse over the clutch.
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