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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 95TurboSol (5 months)
4:22 You have a buff left leg lol

Author Billy Hart (4 months)
6th gear at 15 mph sounds like a load of bull... Not buying that.

Author acs1789 math (16 days)
Very informative. This guy kind of looks and sounds like Mr. Mackey from
South Park.

Author Melisa Arnold (16 days)
You dummie!! You are making it harder for first timers to learn!!! Clutch
is only for stops and starts..Your left leg must be twice the size of your
left..Faster to learn no clutch the faster it is to learn
downshifting................

Author RomanDieselTR (1 month)
i cannot thanks to you enough. Thanks a lot

Author Sam Don (16 days)
Every truck drives different. 

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

Author Juan Garcia (9 months)
the brakes r way too close to the gas damn

Author Eric Caro (1 month)
"Its just that simple" it all made sence to me untill i started reading the
comments.

Author adventureron7 (3 months)
Will double clutching wear out your boots so you have to shift in socks?

Author biniam abraham (24 days)
Wow...ur awesome....nice teaching

Author Danny Martinez (28 days)
Awesome tip on gear selection with the whole light scenario!

Author Juan Garcia (9 months)
anybody noticed he's not wearing pants

Author GrubSlayer (1 month)
Yeah, what Deertag said.

Author Timothy Wright (11 days)
It's just that simple 

Author John Deertag (3 months)
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 jmh4ggg (1 month)
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 (6 months)
Your double clutching is way too deep on the clutch pedal.

Author Jared Biggs (3 months)
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 212809 (21 day)
How come your not wearing any pants lol.

Author Brian Martin (1 month)
When coming to a stop to make a turn while not having to stop should I find
my low gear first or float and catch a gear after my turn? 

Author Kyle Platt (3 months)
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 (3 months)
Started off driving 13 speed. Had to adjust to 10 speed for a new job. This
was very informative. Thank you 

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

Author Gerald Johnson (4 months)
very first thing I tell my students is do not watch YouTube to learn how
to drive a truck!

Author kowal789 (3 months)
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 Stevie Ray (5 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 Rafik Adam (4 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 jimbola77 (1 month)
very nice video helped me out a million!!! keep those vid's rollin!!!

Author Nasir Mir (2 months)
Excellent video !!! Thanks

Author ikelenafly (6 months)
"its NOT that simple" lol..just kidding. Great vid bro

Author jarrett wendling (3 months)
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 kowal789 (3 months)
I haven't found a video of a somebody downshifting with a jake on. I think
I will do that. Easy peasy. 

Author Brandon Watkins (2 months)
ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE!

Author Westin Jones (28 days)
you do not push the gas to take off in a diesel use the right gear its not
a car this guy isn't showing the right way to shift at all its all wrong

Author gmccord1970 (8 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 will11333 (1 day)
great help with the speedo count.cheers

Author CMDRFandragon (6 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 barf245 (6 months)
With a empty trailer you can start on in 5th gear loaded 3rd or 4th.

Author Steve Medved (6 months)
Great instrucional video. Just what I needed after being out of the game
for a while. 

Author Richard Green (10 months)
All truck transmissions are synchronized and you pushing your clutch in way
to far push your clutch til it engages 

Author Andy Fetisov (8 months)
Thank you very nice I like.

Author Juan Andres (4 months)
Downshift is kinda difficult 

Author david18555 (6 months)
Why do the yanks use a eaton Unsynchronized while in Europe we uses ZF
synchronized boxes I love to know 

Author dirkdigler21 (8 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 SPdego85 (4 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 Mike Pitts (28 days)
Select high/low range before pulling it into neutral doofus. Fresh out of
school? Lol

Author Garrison64 (1 year)
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 Jacob Morell (3 months)
Thanks on the suggestion on downshifting counting the speed mileage.That
help me out so much.Keep up the Great job your doing.

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