Will downshifting an automatic trans while it's in gear do any damage on short term basis?

Asked by Sep 06, 2017 at 11:58 AM about the 2005 Saturn Relay

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was using the trans to slow down because my brakes were metal to metal. Will that do any harm?

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Yes, depending on speed that ur shifting down from. Get ur brakes repaired before u do any more damage

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NO. As long as you do not shift down too quickly and over-rev the engine.

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Don't do that on a slippery road in a rear wheel drive vehicle. You can easily go into a spin! I learned that lesson the hard way many years ago!! HTH. - Jim

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