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If it really only happens in 5th gear, and all the other gears are perfect at the same RPM, road, load, etc... then just from that evidence I'd guess it's something about 5th gear. I don't know what "hopping along" means, maybe it's a local saying and your local mechanics know it and it really is something to do with the clutch. Even so, if you can get a ...


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The post is very long and contains several questions buried within, I'll try to answer the basic ones. Let's assume we are always talking of braking downhill, since this is the most dangerous scenario. I'll cover only manual transmission vehicles, as the automatic case is much more complicated, as it depends on the kind of automatic transmission. In short, ...


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Apart from preventing acceleration in long descents, is there any reason why downshifting would be advantageous in snowy/icy/slushy conditions? And manual transmission aside, it seems that even for an automatic, it would be preferable to go into neutral and use the brakes to minimize the risk of losing traction. Can more experienced winter drivers comment ...



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