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Old 08-06-2013, 11:34 AM
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Am I a dope for putting my truck into neutral when at a long red light or a slow drive thru? I want to maximize my MPG,

any hot inside tips on maximizing MPG for my truck?

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Not a dope at all. But consider this....if you have to suddenly move out of the way of a an oncoming tractor trailer or out of control vehicle, in the shock of the event, you may forget to put your truck in gear or put it in the wrong gear. Also, it takes precious time to place it back in gear which you may not have.

As a defensive driver, one must always have an escape option for safety. Being in neutral seriously reduces your options and impairs your safety.
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There is no mpg benefit. The torque converter is still a load on the engine. If it were a manual benefits would be seen from disengaging the clutch vs idling in neutral.
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If you have it in park it will still count on the mpg, I can be parked and will loose .1 or so on my gauge on the screen. I would think in neutral would be the same, it will add to your number on the screen. So I would say you won't gain anything
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In a drive though I have no issues with that, I think that if your going to be a while at the window you can even shut it down, but on the roads, things happen quick, for the few dollars a year you might save, are they worth possibly not getting out of the way in time. I installed a fuel saver on my truck, shuts the cylinders down to 4 when I have my foot on the brake, also acts as an MDS when rolling. If I press the gas, I get full power.
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wow how did u do that?
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I have the 4.7l, it does no have MDS, then I seen this on TV, installed it and works great.

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cool thanks! love it.
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i keep ram in drive in traffic. i like to move quickly if needed.
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Not a dope at all. But consider this....if you have to suddenly move out of the way of a an oncoming tractor trailer or out of control vehicle, in the shock of the event, you may forget to put your truck in gear or put it in the wrong gear. Also, it takes precious time to place it back in gear which you may not have.

As a defensive driver, one must always have an escape option for safety. Being in neutral seriously reduces your options and impairs your safety.
I read that and my mouth feel open.

Chances are you are not going to have the time to get out of harms way from a dead stop and if you could, during the utter chaos you could definitely move yourself into a death trap. If it is going to get you it well get you whether you are standing still or moving. Accidents are quick and mostly unpredictable.

Anyway, the advantage of putting your truck into neutral or park will allow it to run cooler on very hot days when you are running the air or even not running the air. In neutral your engine will not be under load and running it will run at higher rpm's cooling the engine better. Gas wise probably won't make any difference.

Oh! And keep an eye out for those 18 wheelers that smash into fast food drive up windows.

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