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SHORT SHIFTING



How many of you guy's practice short gear shifting in your
Kuga?



I often change from 2<sup>nd</sup> to 4<sup>th</sup> if
the gradient is downhill and from 4<sup>th</sup> to 6<sup>th</sup> if I have accelerated
hard in 4<sup>th</sup> say, onto the motorway.



Is it bad practice, will it save diesel, or is it a complete no,no?
 

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no problem I did that for 30 years in the trucks I used to drive which had anything from 8 to 16 gears.

bill
 

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Hi Arthur,
There is nothing wrong with missing gears as you accelerate if you are going at a speed that is suitable for the gear that you are changing into, not sure that it will affect the fuel consumption though probably make it worse as your reving the engine higher in the lower gear.

Cheers
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Andy

Edited by: 4x4 andy
 

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I do it sometimes, must save on wear and tear.
 

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I don't usually do it. The reason is simple. I don't want to rev the engine that much. Usually I wont exceed 2500rpm when driving.
 

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tarmo120 it's fine when engine is cold, but on motorways only between 2500 - 3750 rpm. Main reasons:

  • keep variable turbo geometry clean,
  • EGR is fully shut (fumes not come back to intake),
  • higher air flow may helps clean intercooler from oil.
 

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I think that's called gear-skipping, short-shifting is probably the opposite of what you are suggesting, in everyday driving it means shifting up to the next gear before even reaching peak torque
 

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Accelerating kills MPG, if you have to accelerate harder and longer to miss gears it'll cost you fuel in the long run.

Under engine braking with no throttle it wouldn't matter either way.
 
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