How to Use Paddle Shifters

2020 Mazda6 Driver's Seat

Paddle shifters can be a standard or available feature found in many new Mazda vehicles (like the Mazda6). However, if you’re not sure how to use paddle shifters, Auffenberg Mazda is here to help! Read on to learn more about the functions of paddle shifters and what they can do for Collinsville drivers.

What Paddle Shifters Do

Paddle shifters are easy to use and offer improved control of your engine. Typically, paddle shifters allow drivers of sporty vehicles to shift gears more quickly, whether passing someone on the highway or taking the lead on the track. Paddle shifters can be found near the steering wheel on a sports car. One paddle will shift upwards while the other paddle shifts down a gear.

The paddle shifter works once the St. Jacob driver triggers the shifter for gear selection then sends an electronic signal to the clutch, causing the gear to shift.

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How to Work Paddle Shifters

If you’re still not sure how to use paddle shifters, here are a few main things to remember. Always have them in manual mode so you have complete control over your car. The left paddle shifts down and the right paddle shifts up, allowing you to maneuver throughout Fairview smoother.

If you’re worried about causing damage to your vehicle when you shift gears, don’t be! You won’t be able to shift gears when you:

  • Press one paddle while the other is being held down
  • Downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • Upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • Try to shift to third or higher while stationary
  • Press both paddles at the same time
  • Enter drive mode to switch back to the automatic transmission.

Learn More About Paddle Shifters With Auffenberg Mazda

Now that you have an idea of what paddle shifters do and why you might want them on your next vehicle, let us know if we can help you find it. And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any features on your vehicle.

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