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Old 07-09-2016, 07:14 PM
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Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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.

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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I only use the transmission to slow the vehicle on downgrades where I would have to ride the brakes all the way down. I think it is foolish to slow the vehicle routinely to stoplights, etc unless you need to keep your RPM's up for a fast getaway if the light turns green...

Brake pads are easier to replace than transmission repair! - haha I just noticed this is almost an exact quote from your original post.



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Old 07-09-2016, 07:47 PM
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I've been down shifting every vehicle I've ever owned. I do it in traffic all the time. I came down Pikes Peak and only tapped my brakes 6 times. I don't let the engine rev over 3 grand.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:18 AM
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

My instructor (ex racing driver) said the same thing to me, and I still remember these decades later, pads and rotors are far quicker and cheaper to replace than transmissions, so use them first.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I use them for a quick slowdown when my radar detector goes off with a strong signal, especially at night. If I know a cop is looking in my direction, I don't want the brake lights giving me away. Just careful if someone is driving close behind you.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:00 AM
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

I only use the paddle shifters to keep the revs where they sound cool enough to show off

I agree with your OP, much cheaper to replace pads
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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I came down Pikes Peak and only tapped my brakes 6 times. I don't let the engine rev over 3 grand.
That doesn't even seem to make sense to me
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I only use the paddle shifters to keep the revs where they sound cool enough to show off

I agree with your OP, much cheaper to replace pads

Says the guy who posts a pic of his dash showing his current average mpg at 3. I still laugh when I think about that.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

Downshifting to rev match or to keep the car in a certain power band or to maintain a low speed on a downhill slope is one thing. Downshifting to intentionally slow down the car is a big NO.
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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I use them for a quick slowdown when my radar detector goes off with a strong signal, especially at night. If I know a cop is looking in my direction, I don't want the brake lights giving me away. Just careful if someone is driving close behind you.

Here is a good one I didn't think of as I am driving more slowly than I did when I was a young man. Clandestine deceleration. I would use this technique under these circumstances. Glad that it doesn't come up that often...

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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

Yeah just use the brakes to slow. That's what they are made for, why put all the wear and tear on a complicated and expensive part such as the transmission?
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Re: Paddle Shifters (slowing down)

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.
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