Using neutral

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by quads4444, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. quads4444

    quads4444 Active Member

    My first post.

    I wanted to know, after coasting in neutral, do you need to give it a little gas before putting it in drive again so as to not wear/damage the transmission?
     
  2. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Typically, no, as the converter is unlocked in neutral and does not lock again until several seconds after the lever is back in drive. With the converter unlocked, any differential in speed between the engine crankshaft and transmission main shaft can be absorbed without any shock to the components. When moving the lever back to D, the transmission controller (if electronic) or governor (if hydraulic) decides which gear is appropriate depending on output shaft speed, so it should be fine to move from N to D with your foot off the accelerator. That is safer than giving it a little too much throttle and ending up doing a really cool (and rather destructive) "hole shot".
     

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