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Hello,

I spent a lot of time on Internet about whether or not one should shift to N when stopping for a short time.
The answers are contradictory.
Most of them say that we shouldn't, because it's managed automatically when you stop and keep braking, furthermore, if on N, lubrication is stopped, so possible damage.
But some say we should shift on N, because otherwise the car is put "in tension". And someone even have done a test on a given period comparing lubrication oil with those two manners of driving, it turned out that when each time shifting to N, at the end of the testing period, the oil is clearer than staying on D.
I used to shift to N in this case, now I don't know what to do.
What I can say is when staying on D, I feel definitively a vibration on the wheel which disappears as soon as shifted to N.
Another point is in city with a lot of traffic jams and red lights, you can be tired quickly if too frequently you keep your foot on the brake.
Somebody suggests to shift to P for long stop, but I wonder if we are in the same situation with N: lubrication stops.
So the following questions:
1) should we shift to N at red light?
2) how about shifting to P for longer period?
3) If the answer is to stay on N, for relieving tired foot, can I use hand brake instead?

Thanks,

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no but you should get out and run around to the passenger side and the passenger gets out and runs to the driver side. If no passenger stay home.
Just drive the car!
 
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In the past it was normal to put a manual trans in neutral at long stop lights to unload the throw-out bearing.
^ Completely agree....I do this without thinking,most cars I have owned were manual trans...never been to big on auto trans other than trucks.
 
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