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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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Comments:

Author John Deertag (1 month)
This is not how you double clutch in a semi you would grind every gear if
you push the clutch in that far you only push it in two inches max when
double clutching a rig if you push it to the floor the clutch break engages
and you'll grind every gear every time I know I drive truck every day and
know the proper way to double clutch and float the gears

Author Billy Hart (2 months)
6th gear at 15 mph sounds like a load of bull... Not buying that.

Author jmh4ggg (11 hours)
You need a little more experience before you start making videos...1-5 in
newer trucks you can idle shift...or shift up at about 1000rpm...you dont
have to "wind it out" until 6-10 because those are speed gears

Author Bob Koss (5 months)
Your double clutching is way too deep on the clutch pedal.

Author adventureron7 (1 month)
Will double clutching wear out your boots so you have to shift in socks?

Author jimbola77 (4 days)
very nice video helped me out a million!!! keep those vid's rollin!!!

Author JRBROOKS42 (1 day)
I don't think his pants or on !!!!!!!!

Author kowal789 (1 month)
I'm sorry but I noticed you explained by clutching all the way. This is
incorrect. Trucks have a clutch brake that activated after a certain clutch
depth has been achieved. To disengage the clutch without activating the
clutch brake, you only need 2-3 inches of clutch travel. Constantly fully
clutching will prematurely wear the clutch brake.

Author Rafik Adam (2 months)
how about skipping double clutch and rev up the engine revelation up for
about 400 rpm to ensure gear change and shift up to the next gear? would
that be possible?

Author 95TurboSol (3 months)
4:22 You have a buff left leg lol

Author Jared Biggs (1 month)
You dont have to use the clutch at all, unless your stoping or taking off.
When you have a trailer you push in the clutch and put itin 2, slitly let
off the clutch while giving it some gas. Then after your moving and you rpm
is higher than 1500 rpm let off the gas and put it in 3 and etc. When
stoping just push or pull it out of gear and push on the brakes lightly. If
you do it your way your clutch and transmission will have to be adjusted
often and might have a possible chance of breaking the transmission. 

Author jarrett wendling (1 month)
very good video but one thing u forgot is in an unsycronized trans pushing
the clutch in all the way engauges the trans break which is very important
not to engage it when you are moving

Author Nasir Mir (18 days)
Excellent video !!! Thanks

Author Stevie Ray (3 months)
You don't depress have to depress the clutch all the way down..! Just a 1/4
press on the clutch is good enough..

Author Hamish Robertson (24 days)
i saw there was 2 reverse gears (one high range one low), is there any
difference in those two at all? thanks.

Author Kyle Platt (1 month)
When you are transferring from low range to high range, do you flick up the
little switch while you're in fifth gear or when you're transferring from
fifth to sixth?

Author J SLiM (1 month)
Started off driving 13 speed. Had to adjust to 10 speed for a new job. This
was very informative. Thank you 

Author Gerald Johnson (3 months)
very first thing I tell my students is do not watch YouTube to learn how
to drive a truck!

Author kowal789 (1 month)
I haven't found a video of a somebody downshifting with a jake on. I think
I will do that. Easy peasy. 

Author Jacob Morell (1 month)
Thanks on the suggestion on downshifting counting the speed mileage.That
help me out so much.Keep up the Great job your doing.

Author madkappa1 (7 months)
Great video just started trucking school 

Author Brandon Watkins (1 month)
ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE!

Author Juan Garcia (7 months)
the brakes r way too close to the gas damn

Author Garrison64 (10 months)
You don't push in the clutch to rev for your downshift. Having the clutch
in at that point is a common mistake of students in trucking schools. Once
the clutch is in revving the engine accomplishes nothing because you just
created a disconnect between the engine and the transmission. The whole
point is to bring up the speed of the entire assembly not just the engine.
So the correct way is to Press the clutch and move the shift lever to
neutral. Let out on the clutch and rev the engine to the correct RPM (aprox
300 RPM higher than when you took the truck out of gear), then hold that
RPM steady while you depress the clutch and put the truck back into gear. 

Author ikelenafly (4 months)
"its NOT that simple" lol..just kidding. Great vid bro

Author gmccord1970 (6 months)
Somebody help me out with this. I know how to skip shift let's say from
6th down to 3rd for a 90 degree turn but how do you recover from missing a
gear after shifting. Sometimes I miss going into a gear and it grinds. So
let's say I try to shift into 6th and miss it. Do I try it again at the
bottom of the operating range? Do I try a different gear? What's the rule
of thumb. Thanks! 

Author SPdego85 (2 months)
The clutch doesn't go all the way to the floor unless you're in 1st or
reverse... You can but you're in for a shaky ride. 

Author chit myo (2 months)
Oh Damn it .it's look fucking hard to do it shit 

Author Juan Andres (2 months)
Downshift is kinda difficult 

Author CMDRFandragon (4 months)
Shifting kicked my ass lol. I could find the spot for the gear, but never
seemed to be at the right speed. And sometimes, just as soon as I would
nail it like 10 times in a row and think...I think ive got this, the next
10 times would be..nope, nope, nope...FUUUUU.....down shifting kicks my ass
even worse lol. And hills really kill me haha...

Author david18555 (5 months)
Why do the yanks use a eaton Unsynchronized while in Europe we uses ZF
synchronized boxes I love to know 

Author zevoni (3 months)
Drive that truck with just socks on.now that's trucking.

Author joey pasqualina (5 months)
EVERYBODY WATCHING THIS VIDEO... THIS GUY IS A STRAIGHT NEWBIE TRUCK
DRIVER! FIRST MISTAKE- LETTING OFF IN FIRST IT IS NOT AT ALL THE SAME AS A
CAR. YOU DONT LET OFF AND GIVE IT GAS AT THE SAME TIME. YOU SLOWLY LET OFF
THEN THE TRUCK WILL START ROLLING. THEN WHEN YOU FOOT IS OFF COMPLETELY
THEN GIVE IT GAS. WHEN SHIFTING ITS ALL BY THE EAR. YOU GO HALF WAY INTO
NEUTRAL AND HALF WAY INTO SECOND!!! YOUR NOT SUPPOSE TO GO ALL THE WAY IN.
ONCE YOU GET THE HANG OF OF YOU START TO LEARN HOW TO SHIFT WITHOUT THE
CLUTCH. WHEN DOWN SHIFT AGAIN HALF WAY IN GEAR. AND DONT LISTEN TO HIM
SAYING HOW TO REV IN A SPECIFIC RPM. YOU REV THAT BITCH. FLOOR IT. THE GEAR
WILL FLOAT IN WITHOUT THE CLUTCH! PLEASE TAKE IT FROM ME IVE BEEN ONLY
DRIVING FOR TWO YEARS BUT I WAS LEARNED BY THE BEST. NOT SOME TRUCKING
SCHOOL THAT WILL TEACH YOU THE WRONG WAY TO DRIVE. AND THAT PERSON IS MY
FATHER WHO HAS 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. AND OWNS HIS OWN TRUCKING BUSSINESS.


Author dirkdigler21 (6 months)
Professional drivers don't use the clutch we float the gears. Also when
starting from a standstill never rev the motor while releasing the clutch,
it is NOT like a car..... you will fry the clutch. The clutch is only used
to move from a standstill. 

Author Will X (7 months)
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church when the blue light hit him just like they be doing at the K-Mart
blue light special like in American Gangster the movie yall KKK member of
the MC gang on fenkell let go G.I. Joe be safe in that war war 111 that
the goverment it in the bible i salute u for dying 4 our country or U.S.A.


Author Jarrod Sherman (4 months)
you dont use the clutch to shift if you know what you are doing

Author Caden Joyner (4 months)
Thank you so much I'm driving a western star or Kenworth tomorrow I'm a
beginner and this might help me

Author barf245 (4 months)
With a empty trailer you can start on in 5th gear loaded 3rd or 4th.

Author Steve Medved (4 months)
Great instrucional video. Just what I needed after being out of the game
for a while. 

Author Ray Britt (4 months)
This guy is nuts says my 40 years of experience

Author Miles15. com (6 months)
very good video for beginners @ dirkdigler21 - if you are uphill - you
have to gas a little bit so you don't roll back - but on flat surface or
downhill I agree with you - once you clutch without rev the motor - the
truck will just roll itself forward then you can float to heaven if you
want 

Author Sterling Cole (4 months)
Dont ever give fuel when starting off...If you in the right gear all you
need is the clutch.

Author Andy Fetisov (6 months)
Thank you very nice I like.

Author David Freeman (3 months)
Thanks. Good job 

Author freewheeler88 (6 months)
For me , shifting was the hardest part of learning to drive a tractor
truck,my first truck was an 18 speed Mack,basically a 10 speed with an
overdrive in every gear in direct range...I got stuck in neutral on a hill
going Up AND Down ,but only once each,it was a frightening situation for a
novice ,even though i only had the tractor, no trailer i felt i was losing
control .....I had also forgotten to set the jake brake so the momentum of
the heavy Tractor unit was pushing me down the hill fast,i had to
completely stop,and start down again in the proper gear......So no more
hills for awhile in my training period.....I spent about 2 weeks practicing
my shifting and backing on sunday afternoons in an industrial site area
that was mostly abandoned on weekends,until i could shift and drive with
more confidence ...

Author richie espana (6 months)
poor educational video! You dont explain what numbers do you add. you could
have pointed to it on the speedometer while you had the camera on it.

Author CMDRFandragon (4 months)
Double clutching always gave me the least trouble....something about it
makes it easier to shift.

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