How to Down Shift a Truck Transmission

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Driving a large truck requires skill and practice. While some large, commercial, trucks require special licenses, other trucks can be driven by anyone with a regular Class C license. To drive trucks with more than five gears, you'll need to become familiar with double-clutching because large trucks do not have synchronizers like those in small trucks and cars.

  • Push in on the clutch pedal.

  • Take the truck out of gear and put it in neutral.

  • Allow the RPMs on the truck to drop to 1,000 and then rev the engine up to 2,000.

  • Push the clutch in halfway and shift into the next lower gear.

  • Take your foot off the clutch to engage the next lower gear.

References

  • "How To Repair Your Car: Car-Care Tips, Simple Repairs, Driving & Maintenance Tips, and more..."; Paul Brand, Motorbooks International; 2006
  • "Drive to Survive!"; Curt Rich, Motorbooks International; 1998
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