Is It Okay To Skip Gears In A Manual Transmission?

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Is it okay to skip gears with a manual transmission? Ultimately, manual transmissions are designed with flexibility in mind. Inherently they allow for choosing any gear at any time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

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Of course, and gear you select, you need to make sure that the engine RPM will not exceed redline, and it’s also wise to rev-match (or double clutch, if needed), as to not damage your synchronizers or clutch.

An unmatched upshift will result in a rough shift. An unmatched downshift can easily result in additional synchronizer wear, as well as clutch wear, and can also upset the balance of the car.

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With skipping gears on downshifting, don’t shift down to a gear that’ll cause your engine to exceed its redline. That can potentially require a very expensive fix.That said, skipping gears, when matching engine RPM appropriately, does not cause any harm to the drivetrain, and is completely fine to do.

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