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Unread 09-15-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default What happens when you go into neutral while moving?

If I'm driving an automatic, and I pop it into neutral while I'm driving, will I just coast, regardless of whether I'm pressing the gas? Also, is this bad for my truck? Soemone told me that he does it...is it ok for the engire/transmission/etc?
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First question, yes. Second, no. It won't hurt anything unless you miss neutral and drop it into reverse.

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OK, Thanks. Yes, I imagine that reverse would screw some things up - LOL! Anyways, thanks for the help, and rep+.
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When I was 16 ( about a million years ago), without asking my sister I borrowed her Toyota to go to the store. The car would die when ever it came to a stop so I found out that if I put it into neutral and raised the idle it wouldn't die. Well one time I went to far with the shifter and hit reverse . Man talking about a horrible noise! From that point I couldn't get it out of reverse so I drove the car 2 miles home in reverse. Boy was she pissed!

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When I was 16 ( about a million years ago), without asking my sister I borrowed her Toyota to go to the store. The car would die when ever it came to a stop so I found out that if I put it into neutral and raised the idle it wouldn't die. Well one time I went to far with the shifter and hit reverse . Man talking about a horrible noise! From that point I couldn't get it out of reverse so I drove the car 2 miles home in reverse. Boy was she pissed!
Lol, yea I woulda been pissed too. Thats a pretty funny story(although I doubt was all that funny when it happened).

Long story short, I think your best idea is just drive the truck. You not really gonna save on alot of gas by doing this if that is your goal. Forward moving truck+putting into reverse=bye bye trans.

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Yeah, i was going to say. Putting the truck into neutral won't hurt it, but it also is not going to do anything to help you... at all. all it will do it is wear at the transmission faster, as it shifts between neutral and in gear more. automatics have their own little state like neutral while you're still in gear. ever let off the gas while moving in gear? as long as you don't turn overdrive off (assuming you have it) your RPMs will fall down like it was idling even though you're still in gear.
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My Grand marquis would automatically shut off if you put it into reverse while moving forward fast enough. It had other features like atomatically releasing the parking brake when you put it into drive. I guess old people need a few safety features.
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Yeah, i was going to say. Putting the truck into neutral won't hurt it, but it also is not going to do anything to help you... at all. all it will do it is wear at the transmission faster, as it shifts between neutral and in gear more. automatics have their own little state like neutral while you're still in gear. ever let off the gas while moving in gear? as long as you don't turn overdrive off (assuming you have it) your RPMs will fall down like it was idling even though you're still in gear.

I'm not saying that I'm going to do it...I just have a friend who does, and wondered whether or not it will screw up his truck. (He doesn't do it for gas, BTW - it's so he can rev his engine while still moving.)
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