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Q: How do you change the gearshift position?

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How do you change the gearshift position?

While your engine provides the power for your car to move, the transmission is actually what makes it go. You need to know what each gear on your gear selector does and when it should be used before you get out on the road. Here’s a brief rundown from top to bottom:

  1. Park: Shift into park when you’re parking, and make sure it’s in park when cranking the engine, as well.

  2. Reverse: If you’re backing up, this is the only gear that will do it. Come to a complete stop before putting the car into reverse or shifting from reverse to another gear.

  3. Neutral: This gear lets you idle – it doesn’t move the car forward or backward.

  4. Drive: This is your primary drive gear and should be used for most of your on the road activities.

  5. D3: This is the second highest drive gear and is mostly used for hills and towing.

  6. 2: This is second gear, and should only really be used to take advantage of engine braking when going down steep hills.

  7. 1: This is first gear and should be used only rarely when you need serious engine braking performance.

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