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Is it bad for your car to engine brake? Engine braking is when you use the engine to slow your car down, rather than the mechanical brakes. This utilizes the engine's cooling system to displace the heat that results from slowing the vehicle down. There are benefits to engine braking, such as better fuel economy, and saving the life of your brake pads.

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    • Engineering Explained
      Engineering Explained

      There's still a lot of confusion about engine braking. All good, perhaps more content on it! In the meantime, a few clarifications. How does engine braking work in diesels? Here you go! Also confusion about downshifting. It is 100% fine to downshift, and yes, downshifting will provide greater engine braking because your engine will be spinning at a higher rate, thus the energy lost through pumping losses (as a result of the closed throttle) will increase. More energy lost = slows your car down more. Rev-matching your downshifts means no clutch wear, so it's no big deal at all. If you're into Snapchat, I have no way to please you. But if you're on the Instagrams feel free to follow!

      about 2 years ago
    • LordKossity
      LordKossity In reply to Engineering Explained

      dude... I think you COMPLETELY missed the point... not changing gear and just letting the car roll is not in dispute... it's for instance engine braking while taking a turn: you're driving along in 3rd gear, you're coming to a cross section where you have to slow down and take that corner in second gear, you engine brake with a slipping cluch to slow down enough to take the corner.... THAT'S what people meant by that.
      this time you really slipped and and kept rambling about something nobody asked... or something that was clear anyway.
      (although that thing about the vacum was a interesting thing to know"

      about 26 days ago
    • Matrix Mirage
      Matrix Mirage In reply to Engineering Explained

      _,,If you want to be a champion, you cannot have any outside negative influence coming in to affect you..._

      _Therefore I have to cut my emotions off and be cold, in a way... _*_If someone steals my car right now, I don't care. I can't be bothered with that._*
      _All I can do is call the insurance agency and they'll laugh about it."_

      about 1 month ago
    • Gdsm9
      Gdsm9 In reply to Engineering Explained

      Does shifting into a lower gear (as you said at the beginning) and "increasing" the engine braking wear the clutch any more than from a regular shift? I used to do that all the time in my old Mazda, but I noticed it has a smaller effect in my 2019 GLI.

      about 1 month ago
    • ShoX
      ShoX In reply to Engineering Explained

      @Robert Somerville Of course it bad theory, but obviously people here do not understand it and blindly believe a theory which you immediately see in reality is wrong... These are visible and verifiable arguments. Most diesel cars do not have throttle plate on intake or exhaust but still they all have very strong engine braking!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Robert Somerville
      Robert Somerville In reply to Engineering Explained

      I would like to disagree with some of your theory. I have had diesel vehicles with no throttle plate , so they can't make the vacuum you say that does the braking . These cars compression in the 20:1 to 25:1 area, but they have good engine braking without the vacuum you say is the major contributor to engine braking.

      about 1 month ago
    • wpiofm

      I engjne brake all the time but once i got in too low a gear and it spun up to way more rpms than I ever drive it and the idle was crappy after that for about 200 miles.

      (2.3L Ranger)

      about 4 hours ago
    • Flexados

      funny, how it's always a bmw 2 series XD

      about 1 day ago
    • Rob

      I don't drive a stick, but I do daily a motorcycle. Engine braking is strong on sport bikes, so I end up using very little brake at all. I'd say I use 90% engine braking on the motorcycle. And that is putting the engine into maybe 6-7k rpm, less than half of it's 16k redline

      about 1 day ago
    • liam hoanzl
      liam hoanzl

      No why should it ?

      about 4 days ago
    • Calamity

      I hardly use the brakes, i usually slow down by lowering gears and only hit the brakes on an emergency when I need instant deceleration.

      about 5 days ago
    • Edi GG
      Edi GG

      Two cars are going down a steep hill in gear 3. Car A has the engine turned on and Car B has the engine turned off. Which car goes down the hill first?

      about 5 days ago
    • WhatWho Me
      WhatWho Me

      What about the old saying, what is good for a person's brakes is bad for their transmission and vice versa. Brakes are cheaper to fix.

      about 5 days ago
    • Pablo González
      Pablo González

      Is it the same for automatic transmissions (with manual mode)?

      about 6 days ago
    • Timon

      Engine braking and with minimal foot braking keeps the a-hole tailgaters off my a$$. 🤣

      about 7 days ago
    • Syazwan Wan
      Syazwan Wan

      Sir. Is it bad to remove the termostat in engine. I live in Hot and humid country. Many of shop say it good to remove it. What is your opiniom in it.

      about 7 days ago
    • Slyy Wolf
      Slyy Wolf

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      about 8 days ago
    • I Am
      I Am

      Yeh, engine braking good except if your riding a two stroke bike and engine brake down a steep hill. The engine will be damaged the first time you do this. In fact a two stroke in race tune can blow at the end of a long straight upon throttling down if you don't blip the throttle here and there. Their lubrication is mixed with the fuel, there for no throttle = no lubrication = no engine.

      about 9 days ago
    • Saima Khanam from
      Saima Khanam from

      Nice video

      about 10 days ago
    • Leslie Omondi
      Leslie Omondi

      Why is it dangerous to go down long descents while on free gear?

      about 10 days ago
    • Digi tal
      Digi tal In reply to Leslie Omondi

      try and find out 😁

      about 9 days ago
    • rtel123

      I like to think efficiency. So, when I travel hilly roads on a hot summer day, I turn off the AC while doing long uphill , and turn it on while engine braking for a long downhill. So the AC is costing me nothing on fuel :)

      about 10 days ago
    • Tom R
      Tom R

      It's probably better to engine brake with a manual compared to an automatic ;)

      about 12 days ago
    • combcomclrlsr

      Precise speed control in city traffic is what I appreciate about manual trans. Automatics, espcially on SUVs, make city traffic so much worse. Large gaps between vehicles on green lights and turns. Frequent brake lights for every little slowdown. Electrics have the same advantage as manuals in traffic.

      about 13 days ago
    • James Schouw
      James Schouw

      It's inaccurate to say that a vacuum behind the throttle plate is the cause of engine braking. A partially open throttle results in the greatest air pumping loss, and therefore engine braking, as long as the fuel supply is closed.

      To emphasize the point, imagine a complete vacuum in the intake manifold. There would be no airflow, or resulting braking effect, during the intake, compression or power cycle. The only airflow would occur during the exhaust cycle -- backflow into the cylinder during the first part of the stroke and expulsion during the latter part. Nonetheless, engine braking would also still result from reciprocating and mechanical losses, as well as air pumping losses inside the crankcase, below the reciprocating pistons.

      about 13 days ago
    • clement muhirwa
      clement muhirwa

      I think you talk too much

      about 14 days ago
    • Katie Giles
      Katie Giles

      Lol what the HELL do u think downshifting is?

      about 16 days ago
    • Kev KFZ
      Kev KFZ

      This is a problem for cars as the downshift can't be done cleanly, as you can't devout have and match revs at the same time. On a bike where different appendages work the clutch and throttle you can match revs on a downshift, although it amazes be how many bikers don't and drop the lower gear in with matching its revs. I guess they learnt in cars maybe?

      about 16 days ago
    • pilokxx

      i downshift without rev matching by applying both brakes and downshifting to use a smoother transition in the engine, is this bad ?

      about 16 days ago
    • V8-inside

      I mean just use your brakes

      about 17 days ago
    • Wise Guy
      Wise Guy


      about 17 days ago
    • Christian Rankin
      Christian Rankin

      Saving your brakes and putting more wear on your engine seems short-sighted coming from a novice driver. Brakes are a lot easier to replace than an engine or the cooling system right?

      about 18 days ago
    • IsuckharderthanLife
      IsuckharderthanLife In reply to Christian Rankin

      There is no extra engine wear, no fuel consumption and when revs are properly matched when downshifting not even clutchwear. Not applying engine braking in mountainous countries like Italy, France or Zwitserland is right out begging for brake failure.

      about 12 days ago
    • E85STI

      You should make a video on the crackle/burble tune I’m running it and I’m sure it not good for the motor but it’s controversial as tuners say it’s safe.

      about 19 days ago
    • Chi Tung
      Chi Tung

      On my auto the gauge says it’s drinking more juice when engine braking. The higher the rev, the more fuel is being burnt. But how could this be?

      about 21 day ago
    • Lucien L
      Lucien L

      Automatic transmission, "sport mode" braking?

      about 21 day ago
    • Asuka Langley
      Asuka Langley

      My 92 hilux have shitty brakes so I always have to engine brake

      about 24 days ago