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Old 10-19-2014, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a 2013 v6 automatic mustang and I was wondering if it'll be okay for my car if I downshift instead of braking?

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Old 10-19-2014, 01:15 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar w autos, but downshifting is for manuals. I wouldn't suggest u play w ur paddle shifters.

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I wouldn't worry about downshifting. Just use your brakes and the transmission will do what it needs to. If anything, you can put it in Sport Mode and just let it do the shifting from there. It should hold gears longer on the uphill and downshift on the downhill if it needs to.

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I'm not familiar w autos, but downshifting is for manuals. I wouldn't suggest u play w ur paddle shifters.
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This is asked a lot by people with manual transmissions, but it can relate a little to what you are talking about... Let me turn this around for you and ask a different question.

Would you rather replace brake pads or a new clutch? (In your case the transmission if it messes it up).

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Yes you can downshift your transmission going down hill or otherwise. In fact if grade assist doesn't hold you back enough I recommend it. For goodness sake people why do you think an automatic has 1, 2 and D? Or Sport Mode in the 13/14s.

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