Understanding When to Use Low Gear

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Wondering what is low gear in a car, and when to use it around Southlake? Learn what low gear is for, and when to use it on your Alfa Romeo with Momentum Alfa Romeo by continuing to read below. To learn more about the inner-workings of your Alfa Romeo, check out our service and parts tips.

What is Low Gear in a Car?

Also known as first gear, low gear is a mode that is found on both manual and automatic transmission. When you put your vehicle in low gear, the amount of fuel that is injected into the engine is restricted, which in turn lowers engine speed and increases torque. To sum up its general purpose, low gear gives your vehicle extra engine power when it’s needed.

When to Use Low Gear

Believe it or not, most Keller drivers aren’t sure when to use low gear, but it is important to know. Most modern cars that have automatic transmission automatically shift gears whenever you press down and release the gas pedal. However, you can run into situations where you may have to manually shift to low gear, like the following:

  1. Towing. When towing around Dallas, you’ll want to switch to low gear–especially if you’re towing heavy loads like a boat or a trailer. Switching to low gear will give your vehicle the necessary engine power to complete difficult towing tasks.
  2. Steep Inclines. Whenever you’re driving in the mountains or up a steep hill, low gear gives you extra torque to ease the climb without wearing out the engine.
  3. Going Downhill. When you’re driving downhill, it helps to shift to low gear in order to keep a slow and steady pace. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your transmission, which can ultimately lead to brake failure.

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