Changing gears on Automatic Transmission while still moving

#1

Hello, today while I was backing up in a driveway, I noticed that I changed from “drive” to “reverse” before I was completely stopped, even though I was only going 5 MPH maximum. I just want to know if this truly can be bad or not? My friend told me it is, but since it happened at low speeds, I was just wondering

#2

Don’t make a habit of it. It isn’t good.

#3

Agree! If you do this once no damage results, but it is a VERY BAD HABIT to get into.

#4

Yep, bad. It stresses both your (expensive) transmmission and the (expensive) motor mounts.

#5

Yes, it truly can be bad. I wouldn’t worry about this one time, but if you get into this habit you will significantly shorten the life of your car’s transmission. Shift only when the vehicle is at rest.

#6

You owe your friend lunch. He/she was giving you good advice.

#7

Ok thank You everyone!