How to Use Paddle Shifters in Your Vehicle

2020 Dodge Charger Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters

Paddle shifters are now offered as options on many of today’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles, but do you know what they are or how to use them? Get questions like these, and more, answered with us today here at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor! We’re here to help with all your service questions and other car buying tips.



What Are Paddle Shifters?

Paddle shifters are a feature that are usually found on more sporty or upscale vehicles like the sporty and colorful Dodge Challenger. But what exactly do they do and where will you find them? Quite simply, they’re located conveniently near the steering wheel of your vehicle, making it easier for you to shift gears while driving around Taylor. 

Typically, the left paddle brings you down a gear, and the right paddle brings you up a gear. Accordingly, they were traditionally equipped on manual transmission vehicles. Now, however, they’re on SUVs and even trucks with “manumatic” transmissions, or automatic transmissions that offer a manual mode. Paddle shifters provide more direct control of your vehicle’s RPMs. Plus, with proper downshifting, you can even extend the life of your brake pads and even MPGs.

How to Use Paddle Shifters

The first thing to do when driving a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle with an automatic transmission when you want to use paddle shifters is to change into manual mode. This allows you to shift gears yourself instead of having your vehicle do it for you. Of course, doing so relies on the assumption that you know about how and when to shift gears as if you were driving a vehicle with a manual transmission without a clutch to depress. After you switch to manual mode, The right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts, and you can easily switch gears manually as you drive around College Station Worried about hurting your vehicle’s transmission when shifting gears? The good news is that unlike a true manual transmission, your gears won’t shift if:

  • You downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You press one paddle while the other is being held down
  • You press both paddles at the same time
  • You upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • You try to shift to third or higher while stationary

Want to get out of manual mode and stop using your paddle shifters? To do that, just switch into “D mode”, and your vehicle’s transmission will do the work for you.

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Models with Standard or Available Paddle Shifters

Looking for a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle with paddle shifters for sale near College Station? Here at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor, we offer the entire Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram lineup, including plenty of options equipped with paddle shifters. From the Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Dodge Charger and even the Dodge Challenger, we have plenty of vehicles for sale with paddle shifters!

Learn More about Paddle Shifters at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor

Still have questions about how to use paddle shifters, also commonly called electronic precision shift technology, in your particular vehicle? Our service experts are here to help answer all your questions about Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service, maintenance, and performance. All you need to do is contact them for additional information. You can also reach our sales team to get more information on our new vehicles and their included technologies. Either way, we look forward to further assisting you!

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