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How to use paddle shifters

We've only had our MKC for a few days, and still learning about controls, features, etc. I can't seem to find any information about the paddle shifters and how to properly use these. I read somewhere that the paddle shifter "temporarily" shifts up or down. How long does it stay in the gear to which you've shifted? Do you then have to manually shift back?
Again, I'm just not sure I understand the function of these paddle shifters.
Any information would be appreciated.
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When you have the transmission in 'D', the paddle shifters can be used but will only stay in the gear selected as long as it matches the speed range most appropriate for the gear selected. For instance, if you are driving 60 kmh and use the paddle shifter to shift into 3rd but then you accelerate and don't use the paddle shifter to shift up, it will automatically disengage and go back into auto transmission mode...this is a safety feature. If you put the transmission into 'S' sport mode, then the paddle shifters will stay in whatever gear you select and if you accelerate without shifting up you will hear the engine racing just as with a normal manual transmission. The same scenario applys when decelerating and down shifting.

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Thanks very much for this info. That helps. I'll play around with this.

At some point, I expect to be towing a small utility trailer. I'm thinking that, with a trailer, shifting into "S" mode, then using the paddles, would enable me to have more control of shifting, using engine braking, etc., especially on hills. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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Yes using the S mode and the paddle shifters will definitely help.

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HMMM??? Shifting with paddles is like having sex by yourself. It gets the job done, but not the same.

Want to shift, get a clutch.
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Why not get rid of the synchros and double clutch shift to be a real man like they did 50yrs ago. That would be like personal pleasure without the lubricant. Face it, the auto is now faster than the manual. There is a reason the first upgrade in any racing series means going from basic manual, to sequential, then to true paddles. THEY ARE BETTER AND FASTER. WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY.
What tranny is on the new Ford GT.......

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Why not get rid of the synchros and double clutch shift to be a real man like they did 50yrs ago. That would be like personal pleasure without the lubricant. Face it, the auto is now faster than the manual. There is a reason the first upgrade in any racing series means going from basic manual, to sequential, then to true paddles. THEY ARE BETTER AND FASTER. WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY.
What tranny is on the new Ford GT.......
People don't drive manuals to necessary go faster.

They drive them to be "one" with the car.
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I find the steering wheel and brakes and gas pedal give me plenty of oneness. I can outshift 99% of the public with perfectly blipped heel/toe technique after 15yrs of track time. Don't get me wrong I still love it, but it will probably be my last track ride with a manual. Then I'll just keep a Miata handy for manual shifting perfection.

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So i have a 2017 mkc 2.0 select awd

If i understand the sport mode correctly if i shift into "s" instead of "d" but do not use the paddle shifters then the transmission will still react as automatic but with different shiftnpoints and the handling and performance will be adjusted as they are set in the vehicle settings accesible from the left selection panel on the steering wheel?

I also have a 2013 mkz fwd with the same 2.0 engine. It has the same transmission setup, paddle shifters, and the same selection options for setting performance and handling characteristics in the vehicle settings.

Should i assume both vehicles function the same way in "s" mode?
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