I own a 1996 Ford full size Bronco, 5 liter 8 cylinder engine, manual 5 speed transmission, 4WD, mileage 122,000. The question is not repair oriented but use oriented. I have always been told to downshift the manual transmission to help slow the vehicle, either with or without brakes, in normal driving as well as 4WD conditions. I have been doing this for 35 years, as I have always had manual transmissions. I have never had a single transmission problem, nor any unusual clutch problems. Clutch replacement frequency is no higher than would be expected in any vehicle driven properly. Am I correct in using downshifting in this manner? Would this damage the transmission, or cause early wear (assuming the downshifting is being done correctly)? Thanks.
have the same problem?
Saturday, August 25th, 2007 AT 2:23 PM