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How to shift a 10 speed tractor trailer



*****WHEN GOING DOWN A HILL...you have to be in the proper gear BEFORE you start down the hill...failure to do so may lead to an "Out of control situation" that may cause DEATH!!!*****

How to shift a big truck in 3 easy steps, LOL! When I got the silly idea I wanted to drive truck I searched You Tube on how to shift these things and really couldnt find anything good. I tried to make this as simple as I could. The biggest thing is not NOT over complicate this! Just think of it as a 5 speed... Lift the "high / low selecter" and it's another 5 speed. Slowing down is the harder part. Look at your speedometer, add the two numbers together and put it in that gear....Sounds easy? it is.... after a few days. Just remember when slowing down, in a worst case scenerio, if you mess up and can't get it in gear, you to come to a complete stop and start over...just throw your 4-ways on. Don't panic, stay calm, it's just a truck! In a few days you'll be shifting like a pro!!!
Hope this helps! If you have any questions, just drop me a line.


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Author MAD MEX ( ago)
thank you for the lesson, really helped me out.

Author Jean Arias ( ago)
Is it hard

Author Douglas Gonsalves ( ago)
My left leg hurts now.

Author Adrian Paradala ( ago)
good video,double clutch for the dot drive test. then just use the clutch
for the first gear,good well explained video.

Author silverscorpion73 ( ago)
nicely done way better than my instructor who just barks thins out and
yells when u dont get it like he says

Author Nookerdog777 ( ago)
Yea go ahead and shift like that. Your clutch break will be burnt out in an
hour lmao.

Author Gustavo Kennedy ( ago)
question can you shift like in a car or small pick up double clutching
sounds like a lot of work to me .

Author Shema Harris ( ago)
you pushing the clutch too far. don't need to push the clutch in that much

Author Michael Rotondo ( ago)
Finally... One more thing. Trying to add and subtract numbers on your
gauges? A brand new nervous as it is driver is now also gonna be doing math
problems hoping maybe? Just maybe the light will turn green by the time he
gets there! Here's a trick... Be prepared and know how to stop at all red
lights. Don't hope or assume they're gonna change to green... Someone can
be killed. And if you wind up getting a little hung up getting moving
again, so what. That's how you learn, there is no magic pill you can take.
Miles in the seat... There's you're answer. Please no math problems behind
the wheel.

Author Michael Rotondo ( ago)
I don't mean to hate but this is both oversimplifying and complicating at
the same time. I stopped halfway thru cause I couldn't take it. You can't
just keep saying "it's that easy" because if it were than anyone could just
jump in and do it. What you did do was gloss over the most important thing
which is matching engine speed to road speed. Sitting in your underwear and
socks moving a gearshift around doesn't explain what really needs to be
understood which is matching engine speed to road speed and road
conditions. It's all done by listening to the engine, knowing what gear the
engine needs. It's all by feel and unfortunately the only way to learn it
is by getting behind the wheel and fucking up until you learn it. It's only
"that easy" once you've mastered it. That being said, it's not 'Rocket
Science' and most will get the hang of it rather quickly. Furthermore I've
never driven a big truck that would coast to a stoplight in 10th or 'top'
gear.

Author Cesar Velasquez ( ago)
why is double clutching important or necessary?

Author EZrussian ( ago)
Good explanation. Covered everything.

Author IronFarmer 112 ( ago)
What RPM range do you need to be in to down shift?

Author Keith Bertschin ( ago)
Great video, going to take my class 1 so this is great prep, thanks

Author Florida Joe ( ago)
You're depressing the clutch way too far!! You're also not double clutching
on this video! You never depress the clutch all the way to the floor while
moving. But thanks!

Author Adventurer Simone ( ago)
lol thanks for the speedometer points! Should make me look like a pro
tomorrow at training!

Author JJ Carpenter ( ago)
All I see are SOCKS!!! Can't concentrate on anything else... C'mon man!!

Author Morphs Of Manchester ( ago)
So As A UK driver (auto only) I have tried a 4 over 4 but failed miserably
(not the best teacher tbh) So considering we have sync gears would I just
change like a car as that's what I was doing on my lesson but because of
the ridiculously stupid placement of the changer on a Scania stuggled to
hit high range

Author Sticky Kingpin ( ago)
on my Toyota Rav4 I always rev match before getting on the clutch

Author Sticky Kingpin ( ago)
or does it not matter? I just don't want to ruin the clutch.

Author Sticky Kingpin ( ago)
great video, but from what I've learned, when down shifting and rev
matching, I heard you should hit the accelerator pedal first while in
neutral when rev matching before going to the clutch so not to burn out the
clutch. in this video he is saying to get on the clutch firstwhile in
neutral, then rev match, is that incorrect? Shouldn't it be rev first to
the desired rpms and then hit the clutch?

Author ace frehley ( ago)
Why don't transmission manufacturers put in synchronisers so you don't have
to double clutch , it is 2016.

Author Juan Lopez ( ago)
great video man this helped me a lot!!!...the only part i got a question is
about the speedometer you said (add some numbers) i got lost on that part i
dint see what numbers u adden to determine what gear to be in when u slow
down...

Author Anas Khan ( ago)
thank u so much for uploading this video , what if we dont do double
clutching ?

Author sccstudent0311 ( ago)
great video!

Author F M- Ali ( ago)
Still I didn't get the numbers for example(1+5=6)...Etc...Hows that ?
please

Author Ryan Wood ( ago)
Good video, thank you!

Author Kevin Stanley ( ago)
you should not pre select hard on every thing

Author Dave Sielaff ( ago)
Altho people will try to tell you it is easier on tranny to double clutch.
It is way faster and easier to not use the clutch at all. Ease up on the
fuel, pull into neutral and when engine rpm drop enough just slide into
next gear( this does take some practice, but then so does double clutching

Author Dave Sielaff ( ago)
Bet your mechanics hate you. You do not push the clutch down that far. When
you do you are engaging the clutch brake( which you only do at a complete
stop). This is for Trucks to stop the transmission from free wheeling so
you can engage the gears. If you do this while moving you will attempt to
stop the gears in the tranny that are being turned by the wheels.

Author stillsmokin53 ( ago)
this was a great video. thank you

Author Mario Long ( ago)
Good video. Yours is easy to understand. Like in your other video you
said DOT wants you to double clutch when taking that test. You are correct
Sir. Learn to double clutch first the right way. Good videos. Keep up
the good work Thanks....

Author Rene Johnson (1236 years ago)
Add the two together what two!

Author Rene Johnson (1295 years ago)
What he talking about look at the speedometer and ad the two together,

Author Richard Adrian ( ago)
just gonna throw this out there. when downshifting DONT hold the clutch
when you rub the engine. defeated the purpose. the whole purpose is to
match the speed of the the input shaft to the rest of the drive train. the
engine is needed for that process and pressing the clutch releases the
engine from the input shaft. I am guessing he was just getting dyslexic but
either way let off the clutch, rev it, clutch it and shift.

Author Nolan Gustafson ( ago)
Why would you start in second with a trailer wouldn't be heavier

Author Alpha Dan ( ago)
Well it's 2016 & up shifting comes down to get to 1300 Rpms starting on 3rd
coupled & ready to go before you double shift tap tap on the clutch &
simultaneously move up to 4th.. Same thing when you reach 1300 on the lower
range tap tap clutch shift to 5th .. When you reach 1300 again & ready to
get to 6th hit the range selector up first then tap tap shift to 6th then
tap tap to 7th keeping your selector up.. & so and so on till you reach
10th.. Now it's time to downshift .. Super easy you know how to do it pro
drivers ...

Author Wen Jiang ( ago)
very nice and good education video

Author Joe Stewart ( ago)
Excellent vid

Author Chirss Rios ( ago)
using double clutching is not the best way to shift mostly if you are in a
big city area. I drive trucks with 10-speed transmission everyday and I
have never used that technique

Author Lux Rome ( ago)
your video is awesome thanks man.

Author 2011FCBARCA ( ago)
Great video sir!!! I have problems downshifting

Author David Vader ( ago)
put on some pants man xD

Author kavissen0101 ( ago)
Thank you :)

Author Robert Kozlowski ( ago)
why did you take your shoes off lol

Author Luke Hoisington ( ago)
are most trucks 10 speed? I'm planning on driving for swift In a few
months. I'm 20 and have wanted to truck drive since my dad took me on a run
with him when I was 12

Author John A ( ago)
It's just that simple

Author navajocapi ( ago)
Good.. Now go and wash those socks... I see the shoes... Should wear them.

Author Dennis Santos ( ago)
Great vid, but what's this talk in the comments about a clutch brake?
What's it for and how is it used? I drive a rigid body in the UK with a
straight 6 speed and have never heard of those. I'm all ears!

Author Adam Phillips ( ago)
This video has really been educational!

Author Dylan Meinhardt ( ago)
My brother is a professional truck driver, he's been driving semi legally
for about 10 years, but his dad was an independent trucker, and taught my
brother how to drive a semi when he was 7. My brother doesn't know how to
double-clutch, and he's never ruined a transmission. He floats, and only
uses the clutch to start and stop. When on the road with my brother in the
summer, when he went into his high gears, I never saw him go into high
range until he was going into 6th

Author That Trucker Wes ( ago)
FYI: you don't have to push the clutch that far when you're double
clutching. Only you are coming to a stop or taking off that you do. Just
push about an inch from the free play area.

Author Solorio559 ( ago)
good tutorial man very detailed and helpful

Author eduardo mercedes ( ago)
Wrong

Author trent trent_f24@yahoo.com ( ago)
Newbies teaching wow lol

Author trent trent_f24@yahoo.com ( ago)
I don't normally comment but he is wrong on some points. With floating if
you have a loaded trailer and you are doing 40 don't go to 8th gear. The
weight is pushing u your tractor will catch up. And if u don't push in ur
gas while pushing in a clutch .. Unless u don't want your clutch any
more...

Author Lucas Johns ( ago)
AH, you forgot to mention don't push the clutch to the floor when shifting!
If you shift how you show in the video i don't know how you get it into the
next gear.

Author sstroh08 ( ago)
by the time I added the mph numbers together and remembered which one was
7th gear or whatever I'd have stopped moving lol, I never have payed much
attention to RPM on these just by the sound of the engine, I guess maybe
its because I've learned on tractors idk

Author David Jamison ( ago)
Learned to float 18 spd tomorrow start in a 10 spd great refresh but gonna
miss my thumb switch LOL great video

Author David Jamison ( ago)
Learned to float 18 spd tomorrow start in a 10 spd great refresh but gonna
miss my thumb switch LOL great video

Author JBwrath ( ago)
saying it's like a car, that's not good it's SOOO Different from a car,
also you're supposed to NEVER fully depress the clutch unless stopped!

Author MONTANA MAN TM The Yaak Attack ( ago)
Real helpful.

Author Andrew Pinder ( ago)
i dont see the point in Double clutching, i just float the gears.

Author SkilledEddie ( ago)
I watched another video and the guy said you shouldn't push the clutch down
all the way when double clutching. You only have to press the clutch in
slightly you''l feel the slop of the pedal go away and that's all you
really need to push. The reason is if you press it too far you can possibly
engage the clutch brake and destroy the transmission. You only bottom out
the clutch at a complete stop going from neutral to a gear.

Author Delvon Hall ( ago)
Thank you for simplifying shifting for me. I am very appreciative for that.
Take care and be blessed.

Author judo4 bagels ( ago)
As a DT owner , i will tell you clutvh brakes are important , and yes my KW
has a eaton 10

Author jager man60 ( ago)
thanks for the video, well put, still don't see a value for double
clutching, but, what the man wants, the man gets !!! again ,great video and
thanks

Author C Wilson Sr ( ago)
WHO TAUGHT YOU HOW TO DOWNSHIFT?

Author C Wilson Sr ( ago)
IN YOUR SOCKS THOUGH???

Author Sherwin Brown (2045 years ago)
Ian get it when I was 17 now I'm 19 and came back to the video now I really
get it

Author Rick Frier ( ago)
excellent instruction ,you made it look easy thank you.

Author forgive and forgot ( ago)
thanks bro it's right time for me to learn my god belles u

Author Tony Ferreira ( ago)
thanks

Author Jamestonic ( ago)
Instead of pointing out what you said/did that is incorrect and what you
shouldn't do, all I am going to say is leave it to PROFESSIONAL
instructors. I drove a 10 speed Cascadia myself.

Author Logan Johnson (40 years ago)
Well you definitely made this seem pretty simple. I drive stick all the
time but I never double clutched. is double clutching really more important
in a diesel truck?

Author Wayne House ( ago)
Good video

Author Kenneth Connor ( ago)
I'm about to start tds soon, never drove a tractor trailer I actually
understood and caught on to it watching the video a couple of times, I'm
gonna keep watching this video until I leave for tds, appreciate the info

Author Riley Fletcher ( ago)
stop being a dick

Author Jaksel Lancerio (323 years ago)
Thaks for this video help me alot

Author MapleBalls ( ago)
You are pushing the clutch in WAY to far, you will have your Clutch Brake
burnt out in less than 6 months. It only needs to go in a few inches, you
also never use the accelerator for starting off, if you need to, you are in
to high of a gear.

Author Ax TheBull ( ago)
its just that simple...

Author Heath Hawks (112 years ago)
Ive drove for the Army for many years but they all have AT. I am about to
take a job driving and now will have to step it up. I am decent at floating
but really struggled with the stopping and what gear to be in. The addition
on the speedo is going to help me alot. Thanks for posting.

Author David Thayer ( ago)
When shifting, you don't push clutch all the way, just tap it.

Author Sonny Lee ( ago)
clutch clutch

Author Don Jin ( ago)
its only possible with double clutching?

Author Daniel Wachtler ( ago)
Thanks for the video! I think it helped me a lot!

Author Marc Johnson ( ago)
What two numbers are you adding when downshifting

Author GuruCrosser ( ago)
It's j-u-s-t t-h-a-t s-i-m-p-l-e!

Author Vladimir Kunau ( ago)
yeah your video is the only one on here that helps! thanks man👍

Author Hmkaaaaay ( ago)
It's just. That. Simple.

Author eeretz ( ago)
thank you!!!

Author Soslan Cooper ( ago)
Good job

Author Beetlejuice117Kc ( ago)
i just drove one yesterday for the first time. i found floating gears
wasn't working and using the clutch like a normal vehicle was working best
for me. it seemed to go in the gears fine. the problem was going from high
gears to low and stopping. when i flipped the switch and put it neutral, it
grinded constantly so i didn't understand why or what i was doing wrong?
when do i flip the switch because i was doing it in high gear and trying to
go back to low gears?...thanks

Author MyFabian94 ( ago)
Another guy explained it on an 18er Eaton by shifting full gears and ranges
from 1500-1100 (400 revs difference) and split gears with 200 rev
difference.
Isn't it possible just to shift by that?

Author David Stevenson ( ago)
Does US Express road test new drivers with an auto or standard shift?

Author Salaminized ( ago)
Wait, your pushing the clutch all the way in, which activates the clutch
brake, which would cause you not to be able to put it into any gear.

Author secretbear87 ( ago)
Thank you for this video! I desperately needed it.

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