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comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
Well I can drive a manual very well but I know very little about the mechanics of a vehicle. Your answer seems the most plausible to me but that may be wishful thinking.
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comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
I never come close to redlining so that's not the issue, but to keep me from slowing down to quickly and spiking the RPMs I have to ride my clutch a little bit. From what I gathered here, it boils down to clutch v brakes.
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comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
To reiterate, I wasn't proposing a trade-off of brakes v clutch. I do this because it drastically reduced the wear on my brakes and my fear was that I was actually doing more harm than good. Thanks for the response though.
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comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
Is this true no matter how gradual it is? My RPMs don't go over 3.5 when I'm doing it. Or is it a difference of bad or worse?
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comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
Thanks for the input jzd. I didn't know what may be adversely affected, my guess was just if anything it would be the transmission or clutch. I'm definitely saving money on brakes; my last set lasted about three years. I have considered other drivers not being able to see my brake lights but I do it so gradually (as to not be too hard on my Jeep) that it's not too drastic of a speed change.
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