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Adrian Guzman
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okay my truck uses up the least amount of gas as possible being a 4 banger. its stick shift but i'm just wondering does it use up less gas to down shift or to just put it in neutral and brake. cuz i thought leaving it in neutral would use up less but my friends says downshifting uses less gas. so now i'm asking everybody here :biggthump so if you know let me know and help me out :mullet:
 

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Downshifting would cause your rpms to rise, therefore using more gas. Now theoreticly IF you can downshift after you've slowed down enough so that they rise a very small amount (less than what the rpms would be in neutral) then sure you'll use less gas. I still think that you'd use less gas in neutral.
 

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yes you probably would use less gas by throwing it into N but i think it would be very little. not to mention you have to think about how N then causes you to use more brakes and then wear them out more quickly leading to replacement, which is another cost to consider.
 

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I used to use my gears to slow me down A LOT...then i just used my brakes all the time, never noticed a increase in mileage...then when i started speeding everywhere, i used my gears and brakes to slow down faster. In general u should use the gears only to slow down going down a hill or in slow moving traffic, other than that, use just ur brakes, its easier on ur engine and i guess a little on ur gas.

And ur brakes are supposed to wear and last a long time...and cost at the most 30 bucks to replace. Also, excessive down shifting i think is bad for ur clutch too.
 
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