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Engine Braking with a Manual Transmission: Is It a Bad Idea?

Engine braking refers to taking your foot off the throttle while you’re in gear. If you’re wondering what you can do to avoid engine and manual transmission problems in Rockville, MD, then watch this video to learn whether it’s bad to engine brake in a manual transmission.

Engine braking works by creating a vacuum between the throttle valve and the engine which causes the car to slow down. As it turns out, it is fine to engine brake with a manual transmission and allow the engine to slow the vehicle down. On the other hand, it is not recommended for you to slow your car down by using the shock of downshifting or putting the car into a lower gear and then slipping the clutch.

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