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Old 31st May 2007, 14:37   #1
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Exclamation Impact of cruising on neutral!

Hi folks,

There are times, specifically while driving along the larger roads/highways, that when you are cruising along at a good speed and see a crossing or a stop ahead, I put the gear into neutral and let is continue to glide till the point of braking.

Does this affect the engine in any way? I tend to do this even in city driving, when you see a traffic signal looming ahead and push the gear into neutral and let the vehicle glide on till the need to brake!!

Views/feedback on this habit please.
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Old 31st May 2007, 16:28   #2
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I'm sure this topic has been discussed before. And if I remember right, that's not a very bright thing to do.

1. Brakes tend to be less effective when applied in neutral, in comparision to when you brake in gear. In other words, can prove dangerous if you are cruising in neutral and something darts across the road, as is common in India.

2. Brake pads (I think) tend to fade at a greater rate when regularly used in neutral.
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