My wife has recently purchased a Mustang with 4 ltr. V6 and 5 speed
manual tranny. When driving from point A to B, I have the tendency to
not use all the forward gears in succession. I myself just don't think
it necessary. She is convinced that I am causing undue damage to the
drive train. Others have told her that they have never heard of this
practice and say you must use all the gears in succession. Could
somebody please chime in on this with their thoughts. thank you
Try driving the vehicle, using all five gears, and taking notice of the RPMs
and speeds at which you would conveniently shift up one gear. Then drive
the vehicle down through the gears taking notice of the RPMs and speeds at
which you would conveniently shift down one gear.
If you will do that, it will become apparent what gear you need to be in,
at any particular RPM or speed, without over loading any gear.
What mike hunter said... and as long as you dont strain the engine or
slip the clutch, it is a safe practice.
The 4.0 definitely has the torque required to allow this as long as you
dont shift early... in fact I think it's better practice to do that than
to shift at 1300 or so RPM as some people do. Just 'mix it up'.
Given typical load and acceleration rate and flat road...What counts is
the engaged RPM on each gear.
Read what I said.. AGAIN. If she shifts into 3rd at 1500, once clutch
engages, and you do as well then it doesnt matter which gear you came
from. If RPM drops to 1200 on her shifts, and to 1400 on yours, yours is
the better option.
The fact that some never heard of doing that reflects more on their in-
experience and callow youth than anything else. IOW they grew up driving
4 cyl VW's and Civics.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
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