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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I downshift for some sharp corners that are at the bottom of a downhill run. Get it down to 2nd, then give it the boot coming through the corner = big smile. But never for a stop sign or red lights.

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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I don't have "paddle shifters" on my MY12, but I do use the 'manual' shifting on the stick in very bad winter weather for descending hills, etc. Otherwise, I'll use my brakes to slow down if coasting doesn't slow it fast enough.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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...... Says it saves wear and tear on the brakes??? .....
If the only reason to do it is to save wear on the brakes, then it's pointless (as the other's have already said). The little bit of wear that is being saved isn't going to make that big of a difference in pad/rotor life. The added wear on the drive line is minimal, but isn't worth avoiding a brake replacement a few months or a few thousand miles earlier. People engine brake on motorcycles all the time (usually because it sounds cool). Unless you're dropping from 5th to 2nd or something stupid like that, is probably not going to make a noticeable difference in wear. It's not really going to save you any appreciable wear on the brakes either though.

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... If I know a cop is looking in my direction, I don't want the brake lights giving me away......
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I don't have "paddle shifters" on my MY12, but I do use the 'manual' shifting on the stick in very bad winter weather for descending hills, etc. Otherwise, I'll use my brakes to slow down if coasting doesn't slow it fast enough.
That's pretty much the only time during normal driving conditions that I would use them to slow down. It's a pretty effective winter driving technique if done properly. Meaning that if you drop to many gears to fast you'll slide just like you jacked the brakes, but otherwise it's a great way to gradually reduce speed in inclement weather.

Back in the stone age when I learned to drive, I did it on a manual transmission. I would down shift then to keep it in a usable gear (much like the auto transmission does for you). I rarely dropped gears enough to "engine brake". That was done for the exact reasons that have already been mentioned. To prevent riding the brake down a hill, to slow the car/truck in icy/snowy conditions, or to drive "spiritedly".
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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I down shifted all the time in my V8 powered 2005 4Runner. It slowed the vehicle down a lot faster & sounded a hell of a lot better then doing it in my 2015 V8 powered Overland.



It never caused a problem in the 4Runner, but because it sounds like crap and doesn't slow as quickly on my Jeep, I don't do it often.
Note that, very roughly speaking, you will need to downshift two gears on your 8-speed Jeep to get approximately the same effect as downshifting one gear on your 5-speed Toyo.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I only downshift descending long steep grades. When coming up to a red light I will start coasting (still in drive) if I think I'll get to the light before it turns green. That does save some wear on the brake pads and little fuel. It's not exactly hypermiling, but the same kind of thing.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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I only downshift descending long steep grades. When coming up to a red light I will start coasting (still in drive) if I think I'll get to the light before it turns green. That does save some wear on the brake pads and little fuel. It's not exactly hypermiling, but the same kind of thing.
Exactly what I do. I live in Missouri hill country and use the paddle shifters extensively. That's what there're for. Both descending and ascending.
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I only downshift descending long steep grades. When coming up to a red light I will start coasting (still in drive) if I think I'll get to the light before it turns green. That does save some wear on the brake pads and little fuel. It's not exactly hypermiling, but the same kind of thing.
I do the same. Whenever we go up the mountains in SoCal, I'll lock the tranny in 2nd or 3rd to coast down while maintaining a manageable speed for all the turns. I could brake all the way, but the vehicle does such a good job maintaining so I don't have to.

I follow the same logic for lights unless in traffic where the car ahead is doing the same and I can't maintain a good gap/distance.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

Thanks for all the feedback.....No hills here in South Florida and I'm not using them to slow down. Come to think of it I've never used them except when I accidentally hit the down paddle shifter when making a turn. That happened when I first got the Jeep.
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I'm wondering does anyone use the paddle shifters for slowing down instead of hitting the brakes. Someone I know uses them to slow down when coming to a traffic light etc. Says it saves wear and tear on the brakes???

My thought is, it's a lot cheaper to replace brake pads then causing wear and tear on the engine/transmission.

Any thoughts?
So by your logic...
Allowing your transmission to upshift causes wear/tear and we should only drive in first gear?

Sorry, I don't buy it.
I've been downshifting auto transmissions for over 10 years. Just traded in a 2007 Toyota RAV4 V6 and we used to downshift to slow down on inclines all the time. It had just over 100K and still functioned just fine.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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I only downshift descending long steep grades. When coming up to a red light I will start coasting (still in drive) if I think I'll get to the light before it turns green. That does save some wear on the brake pads and little fuel. It's not exactly hypermiling, but the same kind of thing.
Actually I like to coast when i see a red light ahead of me. I do use the paddle shifters to upshift once during the coast, otherwise the trans downshifts and slows me down before reaching the red light. If that makes sense
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It makes sense to anybody who remembers freewheeling Saabs.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I'm surprised to hear there are people that even take the time and effort to use the paddle shifters to downshift when there is something made specifically to slow the vehicle and it's conveniently located right where your foot goes...it's called the brakes lol.

Like one guy said above I also like to anticipate red lights. Sometimes you see a red light up ahead and the typical oblivious person flies right to the light or continues to accelerate to it. I like to coast a bit then use the brakes.
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