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Old 26th March 2007, 16:29   #1
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What the pros and cons for skipping gears.. i.e.. from 3rd to staringt 5th... or in the same way from 1st to 3rd....
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Old 26th March 2007, 21:12   #2
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What the pros and cons for skipping gears.. i.e.. from 3rd to staringt 5th... or in the same way from 1st to 3rd....
The same as skipping steps while running up/down stairs?
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Old 26th March 2007, 21:35   #3
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Nothing. But why would someone like to do that except if they thought that the car is carrying too much speed in 1st to jump straight to 3rd.
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Old 26th March 2007, 21:54   #4
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from 3rd to staringt 5th.
I do that quite some times. I'd hate to waste a good road on a lower gear. And the roads into my office can genuinely be termed as good and motorable.

Advantage: Apart from the quicker shift to 5th, nothing else comes to mind

Disadvantage: If you dont judge the gear skip right (changing at a lower than acceptable speed), your gearing might be strained at having to pull from a lower speed than designed for.
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Disadvantage: If you dont judge the gear skip right (changing at a lower than acceptable speed), your gearing might be strained at having to pull from a lower speed than designed for.
Your fuel economy should come down if you do get the speed right. E.g. if you shift from third to fifth in a Santro, that means you have sped up to 50 kmph in third, where as you are supposed to shift to fourth at 40 kmph. Plus your engine gets unnecessarily revved. And I don't know if the ecu will get confused if you regularly do this.
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Old 26th March 2007, 22:45   #6
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And I don't know if the ecu will get confused if you regularly do this.
I don't think ECU factors that in.
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honestly it doesnt make much sence.cause if you shift from say 3rd to 5th at a very slow speed your straining the gear and if you rev in 3rd and then shift to 5th youve used up more fuel reving than you would have if you had shifted to 4th and then to shift.it only would make sence when you need to stay in 3rd to overtake and thne instead of shifting to 4th you could shift to 5th.


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Your fuel economy should come down if you do get the speed right.
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it only would make sence when you need to stay in 3rd to overtake and thne instead of shifting to 4th you could shift to 5th.

You'er both right, of course. The few times I do this is typically when overtaking.
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I always shift direct from 3rd to 5th; subject to having good speed.
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Old 27th March 2007, 12:32   #10
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I think anybody would shift from 3rd to 5th when one is sure the gear wont fall short on the engine... i.e one wudnt get stuck with the power delivery... as far as ecu is concerned i dont think there is anythg to get confused about... i have seen many of my friends doing it.. and mostly on bigger cars.. eg.. esteem, baleno, ascent..
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Well is road is clear i shift from 3rd to 5th. But if there is traffic either i stick to 3rd or shift to 4th coz i know there will be gear change soon. Though i have been doing this since i am driving as my DAD do the same for so long...
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Can we skip gears while downshifting ? Say we are at a speed of 50 in 4th gear , can we shift to 2nd directly after slowing down ? If yes, do we need to go to neutral first and then 2nd or directly go to 2nd ?
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Can we skip gears while downshifting ? Say we are at a speed of 50 in 4th gear , can we shift to 2nd directly after slowing down ? If yes, do we need to go to neutral first and then 2nd or directly go to 2nd ?

Please don't do that, Engine braking is as it is heavy on the clutch & transmission.


Also, the possibility of skipping gears depends on the engine torque at that specific RPM & gear ratios of a car, not all cars can/need do that.
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Well, i was told one needs to be in the 2nd gear when we encounter a bumper. So if we are in the 4th or 5th gear, how do we go about the gear changes on approaching one ?
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The most common gear skipping i do is from 1st to 3rd that too always when i am at the signal as soon as it open s rev hard till 4k and upshift to 3rd skipping 2nd . i have been doing this from very long and as far as the engine rev s can be matched to the upshifting gear i dont see harm in it. It should nt knock or feel underpowered as you upshift ! I maybe wrong !
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