DOWN Shifting

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by mascmo, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. DanJ

    DanJ Light Load Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    It'll come to you. Just takes practice like most things with trucks. I was backing into tight spots before I got proficient at downshifting. But it won't be long until you'll be dropping 2 gears at a time.

    Do you drive a stick shift car? I found when I got mine, it really messed with my truck shifting. I'd be shifting at different rpm's, and forgetting where reverse was LOL. Then I'd get off work, hop in the car, and start double clutching, or worse, no clutching LOL.
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  3. mascmo

    mascmo Bobtail Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Tampa, FL
    HAHA, no i dont have a stick for my car decided to go with an automatic this time although i wish sometimes i had a standard...its ok tho my fiance has a manual so i get to use both. thats pretty funny though...thanks man
  4. supertrucker

    supertrucker Light Load Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Lost Highway
    Wow, you double clutch?
  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Well, that is the right way.
  6. Rawlco

    Rawlco Medium Load Member

    Aug 13, 2006
    Central Maine
    I learned on an old farm truck with a two speed rear end. It was double clutch or nothing. :lol: Actually for the top two gears I could clutch/float. Clutch to disengage the transmission and slide it into the next gear at the appropriate RPM.

    BOBO_CONFIG Bobtail Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Poconos, PA
    forgive me for being ignorant but when you push the pedal to get it up to 1300 rpms' do you need to let off the gas before you engage the clutch again?
  8. Cabhappygal

    Cabhappygal Bobtail Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    OK so far. But why sometimes do you do all this the 'right' way to downshift, to slow down -- and then it doesn't go into gear? I know sometimes I forget what gear I am in to start with. But, in theory, can't you skip gears anyway? Especially since all this takes time, if you want to pull into a rest-stop. I had a trainer who told me that in his whole career (years of experience), he just never downshifted at all to slow down to get off on an off-ramp, just used the brake and the clutch, and rolled. How's that for a teacher? He trained for Werner.
  9. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    Yes you can skip gears and after you've been driving awhile you'll most likely do that all the time. The trick is to know the gear for the road speed. Your trainer sounds like a real idiot. I wonder what he would do if he was city driving slowing down for a traffic signal and the light change to green?
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  10. Lone Ranger

    Lone Ranger Light Load Member

    Apr 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    I think he was in front of me just the other day, the light turned green just before he got to the line, but it took him several moments to find the right gear and go, and then he was dumping the clutch so hard the truck was rearing up to almost be doing wheelies. LOL
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  11. Chain Drive

    Chain Drive Medium Load Member

    Nov 28, 2008
    Nova Scotia,Canada
    I cheat don't tell say your in 7 going for 6 gently pull back on the stick and let off the FUEL (not gas) it will fall out of gear than hold it over the 6 hole gently pull back and ease on the FUEL you will feel it start to grind don't force it keep easing on the fuel and it will fall right in
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