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Is it harmful to coast in Neutral then shift into gear

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Hey Scotty, I drive a 2011 Toyota Camry LE with 83k miles, automatic. At university I often park on the 6th or 7th floor of the parking garage and when I pull out of my spot I pop it into neutral after getting some momentum in drive and proceed to coast in neutral all the way to the bottom floor. I then wait for it to slow down some before I pop it back into drive on my way out. My question is, is it bad for the transmission to put it from neutral to drive while the wheels are still moving (albeit slowly)? Thanks! Your the man.

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Yes and it is illegal to drive a car in neutral in most states.

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Posted by: @banjomanjo

I pop it into neutral after getting some momentum in drive and proceed to coast in neutral a

Just don't.

Posted by: @banjomanjo

is it bad for the transmission ... while the wheels are still moving

The speed of the wheels doesn't matter. Engine RPM does.

 

Check your manual. Mine states:

"Do not shift into a drive gear while the engine is running at high speed."

"Shifting out of P (Park) or N (Neutral) with the engine running at high speed may damage the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Be sure the engine is not running at high speed when shifting the vehicle."

WARNING Shifting into a drive gear while the engine is running at high speed is dangerous.

 

If the engine is idling, then the transmission can handle it fine, but it's just a very bad and unsafe driving habit.

I can't understand why you are doing this in the 1st place. Why would you coast in Neutral?

If you don't know how to operate your vehicle, the please consult your owner's manual.

 

For example ....

 

Neutral is used when:

 

"To restart when you are already moving, use N (Neutral) only. Also, use N (Neutral) when the vehicle is being towed."

and

"D (Drive): This position is for normal driving. It provides the best fuel economy."

 

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