How To Use Paddle Shifters

January 25th, 2019 by

2018 Dodge Charger on race trackWhen vehicle shopping in Oklahoma City, you may find paddle shifters standard or available on many models. But have you ever wondered why they’re there or what they’re for? We get this question often from drivers in El Reno, so today we’re providing the answers.

What are Paddle Shifters?

Paddle shifters allow drivers to switch gears quickly, so they can often be found on sportier vehicles and trim levels. Normally these paddles are located in easy reach, either behind or near the steering wheel. One paddle will bring you down a gear while the other paddle will bring you up a gear. When you use a paddle, the clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection, and the gear shifts.

Paddle shifters are not only easy to use, but they also offer more control to help you manage your RPMs better. When you use paddle shifters to downshift correctly, you can even extend the life of your brake pads.

How to Use Paddle Shifters

You’ll want to enter manual mode while driving a car equipped with paddle shifters to gain full control. You can upshift with the right paddle and downshift with the left paddle to easily manually switch gears as you drive around El Reno. And don’t worry about harming your vehicle when shifting gears. The paddle shifters won’t change allow you to change gears if:

  • You upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • You downshift before your engine reaches the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You press one paddle at the same time the other is being held down
  • You press both paddles at the same time
  • You try to shift into third or higher while stationary
  • If you’d rather let the automatic transmission take over for a while, just enter D mode

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Models with Paddle Shifters

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram offers a selection of vehicles with standard or available paddle shifters. A few popular models include:

Learn More about Paddle Shifters at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge

To learn more about how to use paddle shifters or to explore the latest Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles with paddles, contact us to set up an appointment. Our sales team will be happy to show you the available vehicles, and our finance team can provide finance or lease options.

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