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Old 09-15-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Smoked the brakes

GPS put me off on foothills pky in tn running in 4th gear had trk brakes smoking at bottom and nearly didn't stop. Seems like a gear lube smell too. Just put new pads on befor trip brake pedal feels soft now don't know if I trust it to get back to ohio now or not.
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Heating brakes to smoking is not uncommon, but the soft pedal and the gear lube smell might mean you heated hubs up and damaged bearings. I'd pull the wheels and check the brakes carefully. The spongy pedal could have been steam in the brake fluid, a sign that they should be bled and fresh fluid put in.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:31 PM   #3
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GPS put me off on foothills pky in tn running in 4th gear
Smart GPS if it does your gear selection as well.
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Done a lot of Mountain driving before never smoking brakes. I have amsoil 90/140 severe gear lube in rear diff. Brake fluid was just replaced still clear but hot enough to scald finger. Brake controler was on boost 1 some how instead of boost 3 where it usually runs. Brake a haters on trailer were squeaking and making hell of a noise too. Got stopped by the grace of god and a strong right leg in a cloud of blue smoke.
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Brake controler was on boost 1 some how instead of boost 3 where it usually runs.
Maybe your GPS did that too.

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Old 09-15-2014, 04:21 PM   #6
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I had GPS run me over the top of the Smokey mountains once.. Wife looks at the switch back and sprial roads and says "I hope we are not getting into that mess" I already knew... WE WERE..

I soon learned not to trust the GPS but to use multiple means of routing,, I "Fly" the purposed route using software and the internet and if it looks like that did...... I override by setting a stop somewhere that gets me out of the mess.

Still.. I do a couple hundred mies of foothills every year.. (That is the start or end of my annual 800 mile migration)
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I love the blue ridge and foothills pky traveled them hundred of time but not pulling a 16000# 38ft fiver after coming off black mtn off 40 downhill for 15 miles. 😱💩
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No exhaust brake? No way to downshift? Fire the GPS.........
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If you had the truck brakes smoking then you more than likey boiled the fluid at the caliper. That fluid doesn't circulate so it will still look clear in the reservoir. I would have the system bled if I were you. Have the pads inspected for glazing. The smell of gear oil was likey the hub bearing grease. I'd have those repacked.
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You need to seriously invest in a goo exhaust brake.
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Haven't found the need for one before been down fancy gap at 6% for six miles a dozen times down black mtn at 6-9% for miles just put it in 5th gear and moseyed on down. Found my prodigy on boost 1 after I got my shorts in puckered don't know how it got off boost 3 so trl brakes weren't doing much to help.
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Just put new pads on befor trip brake pedal feels soft now don't know if I trust it to get back to ohio now or not.
New brake pads are required to be broke in correctly before towing, especially on a truck with a big heavy trailer. IMO you probably fried the new pads and severally glazed the rotors.

I have a Cummins with the NV5600 6 speed manual tranny and the Jacobs exhaust brake. I ran the truck 140k miles before the first brake job. That was pulling my 11.2k 5th wheel RV and several GN equipment/stock trailers up to 16k lbs.

At your GCW I would install a Pacbrake exhaust brake. Eliminates truck and trailer brake issues.
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Did you ride the brakes the entire way down? If so, you definitely overheated them.
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Haven't found the need for one before been down fancy gap at 6% for six miles a dozen times down black mtn at 6-9% for miles just put it in 5th gear and moseyed on down. Found my prodigy on boost 1 after I got my shorts in puckered don't know how it got off boost 3 so trl brakes weren't doing much to help.
Had a P2 Prodigy. For that very reason they are a POS! I will never have another controller that has to be manually changed. Scarry having it set to P1 driving thru the Campground then on the freeway and hitting the brakes to find none!
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