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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 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.

Author figster1966 ( ago)
you forgot to mention the bump and run

Author figster1966 ( ago)
downshifting is easy - drop rpm to 1000 then shift to neutral then rev to
1500 rpm and clutch into next gear down when the tach drops

Author figster1966 ( ago)
its the range selector dude

Author figster1966 ( ago)
when you double clutch dont push the clutch all the way you will engage the
clutch brake, just push clutch in about 4 or 5 inches. put the ball of your
foot on the clutch and when you feel your heel hit let off

Author Richard A Pico ( ago)
this was a well done, good vid. very instructional. outstanding...!

Author Tina Bluegin ( ago)
if you want it to get into that gear that is, or you can mash it in

Author Tina Bluegin ( ago)
1300-1500 RPMS, not just a lil rev....on the downshift

Author Eyup Dagoglu ( ago)
One of the best video. Thanks!!

Author Eric Caldwell ( ago)
best gear shifting tutorial iv seen to date
u made it so simple for me now im practicing in a car to get the motion
right and its coming naturally when selecting hi-lo range must u be in
nutral first?

Author YuuBet ( ago)
Thank you so much. I needed that real simple explaination. I have been
driving peterbuilt 13 speeds and the freightliner 10 has been screwin with
me.

Author Bob Job ( ago)
Where dose the RPMS need to be when shifting up and where do they need to
be shifting down

Author Albin Matute ( ago)
Thank you so much. 

Author warren gadson ( ago)
This video is PERFECT!!!!

Author Robertson Thirdly ( ago)
reverse in high is lots of fun, i recommend everybody try it.

Author IHaveStrongOpinionsOnline BecauseImAVagInLife ( ago)
So, you are in a higher gear lets say 10th, then have to come to a stop for
a stop light,do you downshift straight back into 2nd with it being stopped
or do you have to go through the whole downshift process?I know nothing
about manual vehicles as far as shifting, can someone help clear this up
for me

Author El gaupo ( ago)
I wouldn't let home my truck! 

Author kcuf foo (1548 years ago)
For the first time in my life I drove a Manuel vehicle with double clutch,,
this video explains perfectly how this works thanx a lot for posting this
video good information.

Author Nestor Martelli ( ago)
Dude..you the best...you answer lots a question. ...specific for new CDL
driver like me, thanks

Author Underslayer93 ( ago)
Why do you double clutch? Ive seen other drivers not doing it

Author Frederick Jackson ( ago)


Author James Hayes ( ago)
DOT also requires you wear shoes.

Author Jared Drogose ( ago)
You work for USX in this video. These trucks are governed at 1500 RPM. My
cascadia liked to shift at about 1495 and down shift around 1000. You do
not want push these ISX CUMMINS over 16-17 at most 1800. Exceeding 18,000
WILL damage the engine. This is recorded on that SATCOM-Drivertech as an
"Over Rev".

When you're in 10, slow down to 55 mph, Clutch-Neuteral-rev to about
1550-1600 rpm Clutch-Gear. Now you're in Ninth.

Going up a hill needs to rev a little higher than 1500. You do not shift
going down a hill. You select the gear you need to go down the hill.

For the most part when you're ready to get into 5th you do not need to go
into it. gently press the brakes and you will come to a stop safely. There
is no point in trying to jam the gears.

If you miss the gear you are trying to get into, do NOT jam the gears.
Jamming gears when the transmission is not ready to shift will cause
SHOCKLOAD and damage the teeth on the gears and put a twist in the drive
line. If you miss and the gears "tickle" or almost mesh, but just won't let
you in, rev the engine again and try to shift. This only takes a little
bit, so don't wind up the engine too far, on the second attempt because the
gears are almost synchronized.

Lastly, do not use the splitter in neutral. There is a clutch in the
transmission that controls the range you are going into. If you use the
selector in neutral, you will damage this clutch and the transmission will
be damaged. Good luck explaining that. It is a very expensive fix.

So, to recap, No selecting ranges in neutral. No jamming gears. Don't panic
if you miss a gear the first time, focus and try again. Cascadia's like
shift between 1,000 and 1495 RPM. If you are new, do not try to fly shift.
Double clutching is the proper technique.

Author Kyra Hill ( ago)
Need more help climbing hills ,I always come to a stand still.

Author tnt tnt ( ago)
Thank you for sharing this video,i just started driving a ten speed
today.The first day was a little rough but im sure watching your video i
will only get better

Author Tiburon Pineda ( ago)
I really appreciate this video is gonna help me a lot! Specially the fusion
of numbers. 

Author Conraildan ( ago)
great video, I have a dumb question, if you put it in first gear or any low
gear, is it necessary to give it gas? I understand it wont stall out if
you don't for 1 st gear or Low Gear on an 18 speed. ive been driving
automatics for years and now I have to drive a 10 speed again. I look
forward to your reply :)

Author Kenny Perry ( ago)
I drive a 10 speed Peterbilt and yes 6th gear 15mph its true

Author christopher McFarland ( ago)
Just be careful you don't press down the clutch to fare you will have
engaged the clutch break just push it in a little bit when you get going 

Author mikefromspace ( ago)
Wow, stop right there! You didn't even cover the clutch brake first! You
must first explain the operation of the clutch brake before any operation
of shifting or using that clutch! You know why I hope. As a veteran trucker
been in the seat of 50+ vehicles, best clutchless shifting comes from first
watching rpm's and timing, but later you can do this just by feel and
timing. A new or rebuilt piston ring set will drop rpm's a lot faster when
cold, so knowing your rpm drop by testing it after warm up is critical,
since shifting by feel(experience) could snap a u-joint. (I snapped one
once w/a new engine).
You know you're good when you can shift at any speed above 15 and nobody
can feel it or even hear it in some trucks...but no grinding in any case. A
slight grind only upon takeoff from a dead stop is all you should ever
hear.

Author mrchriss ( ago)
That 1+5, 2+5 etc is clever, but I got km/h so I have to figure out a smart
system for that aswell, but I will use your idea as the basis. Also I was
also just searching youtube for help and first found a bunch of guys just
shifting, so this video was very educational, Thanks alot!

Author jpyles90 ( ago)
I just float the gears I only use the clutch well down shifting and stop
and going. 

Author Joseph J Wang ( ago)
Thank you for this detailed video. Just a question on the last part about
the traffic light turning green. Being that 10th and 5th are in the same
location... Let's say you're in 10th and need to got 5th for speeds a bit
below 15 mph, do you just push down to low range? or do you have to shift
out of 10th, press down on low range, double clutch back into 5th

Author Nadjid Harris ( ago)
Extremely helpful sir, im getting my CDL in a few days now, kind of nervous
about what this training is comming at me

Author ghettoway skem ( ago)
Why you take off on 2nd gear not 1st 

Author Josh Spain ( ago)
thanks for the info! it makes a lot of sense, like shifting a car but a
little more to it) I never been in a tractor cab yet, but JUST got the cdl
permit yesterday! shifting seems like itll be easier than air brakes and
coupling. (you should make a vid on air brakes)

Author George Oconnor ( ago)
This is good informitive it helps me

Author Jenovasson ( ago)
Thanks for the video. I got my Class A in 2011, drove for a month, quit,
didn't do it again until late 2013. I was nervous about the time lapse and
watching this video helped me get back into the zone. That company went out
of business and I did other work until now, getting back into it and need
these refresher videos again.

Author will11333 ( ago)
great help with the speedo count.cheers

Author realf1rme ( ago)
Onceagain i bump into this useless video...

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

Author Sam Don ( ago)
Every truck drives different. 

Author 212809 ( ago)
How come your not wearing any pants lol.

Author Westin Jones ( ago)
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 Danny Martinez ( ago)
Awesome tip on gear selection with the whole light scenario!

Author Mike Pitts ( ago)
Select high/low range before pulling it into neutral doofus. Fresh out of
school? Lol

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

Author Brian Martin ( ago)
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 GrubSlayer ( ago)
Yeah, what Deertag said.

Author Un Dac C: (1572 years ago)
i cannot thanks to you enough. Thanks a lot

Author jmh4ggg ( ago)
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 JRBROOKS42 ( ago)
I don't think his pants or on !!!!!!!!

Author jimbola77 (1689 years ago)
very nice video helped me out a million!!! keep those vid's rollin!!!

Author Nasir Mir ( ago)
Excellent video !!! Thanks

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

Author Brandon Watkins ( ago)
ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE!

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

Author kowal789 ( ago)
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 J SLiM ( ago)
Started off driving 13 speed. Had to adjust to 10 speed for a new job. This
was very informative. Thank you 

Author John Deertag ( ago)
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 jarrett wendling (128 years ago)
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 Jared Biggs ( ago)
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 Kyle Platt ( ago)
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 adventureron7 ( ago)
Will double clutching wear out your boots so you have to shift in socks?

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

Author Juan Andres ( ago)
Downshift is kinda difficult 

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

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

Author SPdego85 ( ago)
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 SPdego85 ( ago)


Author Rafik Adam ( ago)
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 TOP CAR AUTO SALES ( ago)
thanks for sharing

Author TOP CAR AUTO SALES ( ago)
great video

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

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

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

Author Stevie Ray ( ago)
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 J Sanders ( ago)
Very helpful


Author David Freeman ( ago)
Thanks. Good job 

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

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

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

Author captain42979 ( ago)
good job thanks I have been driving for over 10 years and i took 3 years
off and needed a brush up course I know it will all come back when I get in
the saddle but for a driver test having all this experience it would look
really bad for me to be grinding gears again like I did in truck driver
school. I sometimes think about how many transmissions these schools go
through lol because every one of us grinded them so bad we might as well
took a hammer to the gears lol. you-tube didn't have anything like this
back then actually even if they did my internet speed being dial up
wouldn't have loaded it very good.

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

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

Author James Smith ( ago)
I don't even use the clutch anymore

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

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

Author CMDRFandragon ( ago)
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 BG_13 ( ago)
i love trucks mane

Author Tyler Ingram ( ago)
I heard that shifting a big rig is easer than shifting a car. is that true?

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

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

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

Author joey pasqualina ( ago)
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 firas alhadad (1566 years ago)
do we have to take our shoes off , like you?

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