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Hello all,

Does it do any real damage to the gearbox by slotting it into neutral at say 62mph (100km/h) and then reslotting it back into drive at the same(ish) speed?

I realised that slotting it from neutral to drive, slightly unsettled the car as the rpm went back to 2700rpm or so.

So should I avoid doing this at speeds like this?

Thanks for any replies :)
 

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What would be the point of sliding into neutral at speed in the first place? Not something I would do unless you are a real ace at matching engine rpm to road speed. Surely you aren't thinking this action is some sort of fuel savings measure. Seems to me the additional stress put on the transmission by these actions will not have a long term happy ending.
 

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If the fuel cutoff switch on the throttle is working as it should, it will make zero difference.
 

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Thanks to both replies, It turns out the accelerator pedal was sticking slightly, which is what prompted me to stick it into neutral, had this fixed quite easily, now I won't be doing this anymore, I was doing it on the highway to avoid going over the speed limit, even with cruise control it would accelerate over the speed limit slowly.

I would blame the 7 weeks of my absence which meant the car was sitting in the garage for so long I guess.

Oh and I wouldn't say I'm an ace at matching rpm to speed but you know... I'm getting close ;)

Thanks a lot anyway, I learnt something from this
 
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