These days, it's best practice not to use engine braking routinely. Brake pads cost a few quid, which is a lot less than the cost of the extra wear you're putting on your running gear. Just stick in a sensible gear, use the brakes to brake.Physics is Phun said:in a standard, is it better to gear down while coming to a stop? this would obviously save a bit of wear on the brakes because the engine is doing some of the breaking, but does doing this not also increase the wear on the engine?
On a modern car, no. Your ECU shuts off the fuel to the engine on the overrun, for that exact purpose.plus wouldn't the high revs increase the gas consumption?
Either shift down when the car has already slowed down by the brakes, or just come to a standstill in whatever gear you were in, then stick it in first/neutral. Do NOT just hold the clutch in, - this results in a lack of control. It also wastes petrol!So what is better, shifting through the gears while stopping, or just putting it in neutral/holding the clutch in ???
Obviously on a long or steep downhill, you should use a lower gear anyway, but this is to reduce the risk of brake fade rather than to minimise wear on the brakes.
Use your brakes kids, it's what they're for.