Debunking the Myth That Engine Braking Is Bad for Your Car

There’s a common misconception throughout the car world that engine braking to slow your car down is bad for the drivetrain. Well, that’s just not the case. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite. In this latest video from Engineering Explained, Jason Fenske walks us through how exactly engine braking works. Basically, when you’re in gear and let off the throttle, the throttle valve closes, creating a vacuum with engine trying to pull in air. This causes the engine to slow down the driven wheels without having to use the actual…

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