What Does The + And – Mean In A Car Gear Shift?

A car gear shift can be confusing, especially if you’re new to driving, or haven’t driven in a while.

Those little symbols above the gears are the plus and minus symbols you might be wondering what they mean.

In this article, we will be looking at what they mean and how they can be of much help to you.

The plus symbol means that you need to push the pedal farther down, while the minus symbol means that you need to push it less far down (and so on, depending on how many times the symbol repeats).

What Does The + And – Mean In A Car Gear Shift?

You’ve probably seen these symbols before on a car gearshift and wondered what they mean.

You’re not alone I had no idea, either till now that is. Here is your answer: if there is a plus (+) sign next to your gearshifts, it means you can push them further to downshift faster. Conversely, if there is a minus (-) sign next to your gearshift, it means you can pull on them to upshift quicker.

When you’re braking, it means you can brake harder to slow down faster.

When driving, if you want to slow down quickly and safely, step on your breaks hard enough so that they make a shushing sound.

If they don’t make that sound but are still just as effective at slowing you down, then pull on your gearshift while pushing on your brakes. You will achieve a similar effect of stopping fast and hard.

Remember, if you have a car that does not have these signs on it, it doesn’t mean that you can’t push and pull on your gearshift; it just means you should consult your manual before doing so.

If you follow these instructions, you will be able to slow down and speed up faster when driving your car. You’ll also be safer because you won’t have to press down as hard on your brakes.

What Are The Plus And Minus On My Shifter Chevy Malibu?

The Plus and Minus sign on your shifter chevy malibu it’s a function of the sport mode where the plus sign is for upshift and the minus is for downshifting.

It is a form of manual shifting and it is somewhat advisable to try this mode when you are driving.

The + and – is a manual/auto transmission operator clutches, pushing the shifter towards the +/- auto terms and putting it in the drive can manually push upward which is the function of the + while the other function – will bring about downshifting.

It is a little different than a standard auto tranny, you can either decide to drive in manual mode by taking the shifter out of the drive and having it brought to the +/- symbol, it can be done while you are still driving.

You can be able to drive your car like a manual transmission car if you can manage to bring it to a semi-manual mode. It is simply a way to manually shift gears.

What Is The Plus And Minus Sign On My Gear Shift Chevy Equinox?

No need to consult a mechanic to find out what + and – on your gear shift chevy equinox knob mean.

It’s quite simple: when you see a plus sign (plus), it means to push down on your gearshift lever and when you see a minus sign (minus), it means to push up. So, what does that mean?

To shift into reverse, you’ll need to push up on your gearshift knob and pull back at just the right moment.

This is because your car will go in reverse once you release it from Park.

To get a feel for how that works, try putting your car in Drive (either a plus or minus sign means that) and pulling back on your gearshift lever.

When you put your car in neutral, you’ll see a plus sign on your gearshift knob.

This tells you to push down and move it into Park or another gear as appropriate.

To drive forward (or backward), simply pull back on your gearshift lever when you see a minus sign (minus) and then release it when you feel like shifting gears.

As always, practice makes perfect!

If you have a truck, SUV, or van with only one gearshift lever, then it will do all of these things at once.

For instance, if you pull back on your gearshift lever when you see a plus sign (plus), it will put your car in reverse; if you see a minus sign (minus), it will shift into Park, and so on.

ALSO SEE: What Does M/S Mean On Gear Shift?

Can Plus/Minus Sign On Your Gear Shift Help Your Snow Driving?

When you’re driving in slippery conditions, you need all of your car’s tires to have a grip on the road.

If one or more tires lose their grip, it can be deadly. Luckily, there is a trick that will help you determine which gear gives each tire optimal traction and potentially save your life.

When you shift your transmission into a lower gear, you decrease how much power your engine produces.

In other words, you’re making your engine work less to keep moving forward and that means it will be easier for one or more of your tires to lose traction.

This is called under-speeding and should be avoided at all costs.

When you shift into a higher gear, however, you make your engine work harder making it less likely that one or more of your tires will lose traction.

This is called over-speeding and can be just as dangerous as under-speeding, so it’s important to have good control of your car when shifting into higher gears.

If you want to know if your car is over-or under-speeding, look at your gear shift. If there’s a plus sign (+) next to one of your gears, that means it’s over-speeding and needs to be shifted down.

If there’s a minus sign (-) next to one of your gears, that means it’s under-speeding and needs to be shifted up.

You can also avoid under- and over-speeding by matching your car’s RPMs to its speed. If you want to drive slowly, do not exceed 2,000 RPMs in first gear; for second gear, try to stay below 3,000 RPMs; for third gear, try to stay below 4,000 RPMs; and for fourth gear above 5,000RPM.

Author: Mechanic Mike Besso

Hi There, I am Mike Besso and this website is dedicated to the automotive industry. I have been a mechanic for many years and my experience includes fifteen specialization in heavy commercial work as well as private cars. I am a specialist and certified automotive mechanic (Both Heavy Commercial and Private Cars). I worked for a long time at Global Rebound Automotive companies (Toyota, TATA, BMW, Nissan, TVs, and Others ) as a Mechanic and Mechanics Supervisor. I hope to share some of my knowledge with others.

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