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How to Use Paddle Shifters

Alfa Romeo wheel showcasing a silver paddle shifter on the right side of wheel


If you have been looking at vehicles for sale in Vancouver, WA, you may have noticed paddle shifters listed as a feature. So, what do paddle shifters do? Paddle shifters are commonly found on sportier vehicles or trims because they allow you to switch gears quickly. Like other Scottsdale, AZ drivers, you may be wondering how to use paddle shifters. Find out everything you need to know about paddle shifters with Lapin Motor Co. below.

What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

Paddle shifters are typically found behind or near the steering wheel, and they enable you to switch gears quickly and enjoy a more active driving experience. Instead of moving your hand to the gear lever, you can switch gears while holding the steering wheel by clicking the paddle shifter. This is all made possible through an electronic signal that is sent to the clutch, which prompts the gear to shift.

Paddle shifters are not only simple to use, but they also offer more control and help you react to the changing environment around you. Paddle shifters can also help your brake pads last longer when you downshift properly.

How to Use Paddle Shifters Properly

To ensure you are in full control, you will first want to ensure you’re in manual mode. The right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts, making gear shifting on roads a seamless process. There are certain circumstances where the paddle shifters won’t change gears, giving you the peace of mind that you aren’t damaging your vehicle by downshifting incorrectly.

You will not be allowed to shift gears if:

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

If at any point you want the automatic transmission to handle the shifting for you, just switch to D mode. It’s that simple!

Learn How to Use Paddle Shifters at Lapin Motor Co.

Now that you know how to use paddle shifters, are you ready to explore our selection of pre-owned vehicles with paddles in person? Contact us today or visit our showrooms in Portland, OR, and Scottsdale, AZ. We look forward to pairing you with your dream ride!

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