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How To Use Paddle Shifters

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Ever wondered what paddle shifters are? They’re a feature that’s either standard or available on a wide variety of vehicles, but many of us remain unsure of what they are or how to use them. This is a common question we get from Arlington drivers, so we thought we’d share this helpful guide!

What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

Generally speaking, paddle shifters can be found on performance vehicles, as they allow the driver to switch gears quickly on Cordova roads. You’ll usually find them behind or near the steering wheel. One paddle brings you down a gear, and – you guessed it – one paddle brings you up a gear. The clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection when you use a paddle, causing the gear to shift. Paddle shifters are very easy to use, and they’re popular because they provide better control to help you manage your RPMs. When downshifting correctly, you may even be able to extend the life of your brake pads.

How to Use Paddle Shifters

When you’re behind the wheel of a vehicle equipped with paddle shifters in Memphis, you’ll need to first enter manual mode. This will put you in full control to paddle shift. As you go, remember: the right paddle upshifts, and the left paddle downshifts. Some drivers fret about the possibility of harming their vehicle while shifting gears, even thuogh they shouldn’t. Paddle shifters won’t change gears, as long as you:

  • Upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • Downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • Press one paddle while holding the other down
  • Press both paddles simultaneously
  • Try to shift to third or higher while stationary

Want to let the automatic transmission take over for a bit? Simply enter “D” mode.

Nissan Models with Standard or Available Paddle Shifters

The following Nissan models available at Wolfchase Nissan come with either standard or available paddle shifters:

Take a Test Drive with Paddle Shifters at Wolfchase Nissan

Ready to get behind the wheel of a new Nissan equipped with paddle shifters? Contact us to set up a test drive at our Bartlett dealership! Our Nissan specialists will be happy to give you an in-depth look at how paddle shifters work and answer any lingering questions you may have, whether they’re about paddle shifters or other service topics, like what serpentine belts do. Before you head over, be sure to take a look at our new vehicle specials.

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