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How To Use A Jake Brake


Jun 8, 2022

How do you use a Jake Brake on an automatic transmission? (video)

How do you drive an automatic transmission downhill? (video)

Are Jake brakes and air brakes the same?

The standard air brake is the truck’s equivalent to the hydraulic brakes on a standard passenger car. The Jake brake is not really a break at all. It is a mechanism that helps slow down a truck by manipulating how the diesel engine fires. via

When driving down a mountain you should never?

Don’t go down a mountain road any faster than you can go up it. Don’t use your brakes to hold your downhill speed. Down shift to S or L – the only time you should step on your brake pedal is to slow while you are shifting down to a lower gear. Resist the temptation of zooming down a hill. via

What gear is best for going downhill?

Downhill: Use first gear when driving downhill as a primary source for braking. Engine braking means you don’t need to use the brake pedal as much, which keeps your wheels turning. If the wheels are turning you can steer, important when undertaking a steep downhill run. via

In which gear should you drive when going up a steep hill?

If you’re ascending a very steep slope or driving a heavy vehicle, downshift all the way to first or second gear before you approach the hill. If you stay in third and have trouble getting up the hill, your vehicle may slip backwards when you try to downshift. via

Should you gear down when stopping?

The car should be slowing down and you should slowly get on the brakes to shift down to neutral and stop the car. When slowing down from a highway speed, a little more work is needed. via

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