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Old 01-03-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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how much your wreckon coasting saves our brakes? 5spd owners

Like coasting down a 95 off ramp and stuff I'm in the habit of putting the car in netural and coasting then downshifting to 2nd out of the corner.


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Old 01-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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are you talking about downshifting to brake?
in my opinion id rather waste some brake pads than do that to the transmition.
Idk if doing that is bad for the car but id rather change out some brake pads than fix the car
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He's talking about shifting into neutral to coast to save gas. It's a pretty natural reaction for a lot of people that drive manuals. Heck, I do it when I'm drivin' her car and that's an automatic. It might save a little fuel and it might put a little more wear on the brake pads...
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:38 PM   #4
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I also slow-roll stop signs most of the time (but I stop when I really should). Some day, I might just get a ticket, but whatever. It saves gas and the clutch some... but I admit it's probably a bad habit...
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I would think it would, but by very little. I sometimes down shift to save brake pads, Nothing insane like fourth to third and coming in around 4500-5000 RPM, more like coming in around 3000 RPM from fourth to third. But this way does use more gas too. So it's a fight between the two neither is better then the other.

Driving normal and not being on the gas when you see the lights red and your 100 feet on the light, and then using the brakes hard to stop, just roll it, only use the brakes when needed and drive lightly.
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For the past year I've made a habit of coasting down hills and coasting to stops, etc. It helps to know the roads you travel on. I also have a habit of tracking my gas mileage on every tank of gas. Coasting definitely saves a little gas but I do use more of the pads for braking.
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Yea I can see how it does, if you coast with the brakes. I bet your pretty easy on the brakes when doing this too?
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Yea I can see how it does, if you coast with the brakes. I bet your pretty easy on the brakes when doing this too?
Of course. You brake too much too soon then you have to put it in gear to accelerate.
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Basically, the easier you are on the gas and brake pedal the better gas mileage you'll get.
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I never downshift..only on rare occasions when I only need to go down 1 gear.

But when coming to a stop, I put it in Neutral and coast until I need to lay on the brakes. OR I'll just coast and then put it in 2nd around the corner and go on my merry way.

But, I do not downshift for stops/corners.
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