Paddle Shifters

How To Use Paddle Shifters

If your new Acura vehicle has paddle shifters, you might be wondering just how to utilize this new technology during your Las Vegas travels. So, just what do paddle shifters do and how do you use them like a pro? Findlay Acura is here to help you learn the basics, so you can enjoy the ultra-responsive feel and sporty handling of this popular feature.

What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

Before we go into how to use paddle shifters, we need to discuss what do paddle shifters do. Paddle shifters are available on sporty vehicles, like the Acura MDX, that value quick response and precise control. Paddles help you shift gears in seconds by sending electronic signals to the clutch. This allows you to get better control over your performance and RPMs without sacrificing convenience. In fact, you can even increase the longevity of your brake pads if you know how to shift properly!

How Do I Shift?

If you want to utilize the paddle shifters on your Acura, you’ll need to first get into S mode with your clutch in order to activate the proper controls. This allows you to gain control over the shifting mechanism. From there, the right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts. And there’s no need to worry about experimenting with paddle shifters during your North Las Vegas travels. Just keep in mind that your shifters will not cause a gear shift if:

  • You downshift before getting to the upper limits of your lower gear.
  • You upshift before your engine gets to the lower limit of your higher gear.
  • You press both paddles simultaneously.
  • You attempt to shift to third or higher while idle.
  • You press one paddle while the other is in use.

And if you feel overwhelmed, be sure to enter D mode and you’ll be right back into automatic!

Find Out More with Findlay Acura

Now that you know how to use paddle shifters, feel free to contact us at Findlay Acura for all your questions like how to set up Apple CarPlay® and more! If you’re looking for a new Acura vehicle with paddle shifters, feel free to get in touch with us for suggestions and we’ll be happy to help. We offer home delivery and a 5-day return period to ensure that you get just the right model for your needs!

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