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Old 10-16-2009, 10:16 AM
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Was having a discussion the other day and wanted a 3rd opinion. Will shifting your truck into neutral while driving (in otherwards, letting it coast), then shifting it back into gear before you come to a complete stop damage the transmission at all?
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its called georgia over drive truck drivers do it all the time as long as the rpms match the speed it should just slide right in
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Wont hurt as long as you dont rev it up
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if its an automatic, no its not ok....you could damage the tranny...why would you want to do that anyway???(in and auto)...In stick shift, yeah you should be fine, but i usually shift down a gear or two to and let off the clutch(this slows the engine down) and helps save your brake pads(when coming to a stop)...
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OK, thanks, yeah its an automatic.
I used to do it all the time in my car (standard), couldn't stand coasting in gear so i'd just push the clutch in. Wanted to know, Thanks.
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OK, thanks, yeah its an automatic.
I used to do it all the time in my car (standard), couldn't stand coasting in gear so i'd just push the clutch in. Wanted to know, Thanks.

I second chillz comment. In an automatic the tranny never entirely disengages, even in neutral. Thats why they lift the drive wheels to tow and auto, even if it's in neutral. Most auto-tranny vehichles can be towed to safety on it's wheels in an emergency but usually only under 25mph and usually only for less than a mile. Bad idea to run at any speed or distance in neutral on an automatic tranny.
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I had a issue one time with a 48re Tranny in a 2500 Cummins Dodge..... The trans was heating up so I would put the tranny in Neutral while coasting down the hills to help cool it off..... Worked great! Disengaging the TC and still allowing fluid to pass through the tranny cooler in Neutral worked. Had no issue putting her back in gear either. I would not do it everyday but for this situation it did great.....
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The only time i'd shift into neutral with an automatic is in a neutral power brake. Basically this means you shift into neutral while slamming on the brakes to stop any residual torque from the engine being transfered to the wheels allowing you to stop just that bit sooner. It's not a common practice but it taught to the people who tow heavy loads on ice roads as they dont chew up as bad when you're chained up.
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The only experience I have to speak from, which didn't damage my tranny, BTW, but I used to drive my Jeep in O/D, go for a couple miles, then just shift back to regular drive. Someone had told me it years ago it was good to work the gears in the transmission that way, but only from O/D to drive, not the other way around, haha, but like I said, no damage here! Was kinda' fun actually!

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I would think that some torque shock would happen if you do this, because the engine and transmission are not running at the same RPM, which is not a good thing for the transmission input shaft bearings.
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