What do paddle shifters do? Some Kaukauna drivers exploring their options with sporty Jeep vehicles might see these features advertised and be unsure of how they work. Kolosso CDJR has put together a brief guide to how to use paddle shifters, covering everything you need to know before your test drive!

What Do Paddle Shifters Do? 

You'll often see paddle shifters on the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV's off-road ready trim levels, or on Dodge muscle cars. These shifters, most commonly located near or behind the steering wheel, are designed to help you shift gears quickly. The paddle sends an electronic signal to the gear select, so you can shift gears with tools right beside your steering wheel! There are many reasons why Green Bay drivers like paddle shifters: 

  • Ease of use. Usually, one paddle shifts a gear up, the other down. 
  • Help manage RPMs for a better sense of control and more optimal performance. 
  • Extension of brake pad life with correct downshifting 

How to Use Paddle Shifters

So, what's the best way to learn how to use paddle shifters? To use them for your Neenah drives, you'll need the car in manual mode. The right paddle should be in charge of upshifting, and the leftpaddle in charge of downshifting. If you're worried about accidentally switching gears and harming your vehicle, you should know that there are a number of safety guards in place. 

Your paddles won't shift gears if: 

  • You press one paddle while the other is also pressed. 
  • You press both paddles simultaneously 
  • You upshift before the point at which the engine reaches the higher gear's limit 
  • You downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You try to shift to third or higher while stationary

CDJR Models with Paddle Shifters 

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So, now you know what to say if someone asks you, "What do paddle shifters do?". Paddle shifters are one of features that draw local drivers to Kolosso CDJR. If you want to try out paddle shifters for yourself, explore our current incentives and contact us today!