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Old 12-22-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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Driving with engine brake on

Opinions: who drives with their engine brake on all the time and why???
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:14 PM   #2
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Opinions: who drives with their engine brake on all the time and why???
personally I hate driving with it on. when I leave mine on, even on stage one its really jerky when re accelerating at lower speeds;; I like to turn it on when needed and off when not ;;also don't like the auto downshift etc
every time you take your foot off the accelerator
when mine is left on and go to accelerate at low and medium speeds its real jerky when getting back up to speed
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:17 PM   #3
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I'll use mine on the Hills.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:21 PM   #4
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We talked a lot about this at our dealership. Almost all the drivers and others drove in town with the brake on and on the highway with it off. Always on going downhill in the mountains.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:26 PM   #5
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J Brake usage

I love it but only use it down steep hills and freeway exits then I tun it off after coasting to speed I want prior to stopping. Keep in mind driving around with the J brake on also create NOISE when off the accelerator and is illegal is some areas. The correct usage of the J brake will also reduce wear on those expensive brake shoes too
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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I drive a lot of mountain passes, so it's almost always on for me. Generally have it on while driving in town, as well.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:36 PM   #7
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I love it but only use it down steep hills and freeway exits then I tun it off after coasting to speed I want prior to stopping. Keep in mind driving around with the J brake on also create NOISE when off the accelerator and is illegal is some areas. The correct usage of the J brake will also reduce wear on those expensive brake shoes too
the engine brake on my 425ISL is not noisy at all there not like the big highway rigs
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I have the 400ISL, no noise. Use it in town and down hill on steep grades. I do not leave it on all the time. Coast (in gear) is my favorite gear.
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Only when I need it, kinda hard to coast with it on.
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Always on, love it. JH
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:23 PM   #11
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Only when I need it, kinda hard to coast with it on.
exactly and having the trans downshift/upshift every time your on off the gas is very very annoying
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We have a 3 stage engine brake and drive with stage one on. I only plan on turning it off if roads are slick. Stage 2 for us gets a bit jerky but really slows the coach a lot more and have used it on grades or to simply slow faster. Not used the 3rd stage yet.

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IMO there never a need for a Jack Brake at speed below 35 while in town or on rural roads. Out on the highway yes, mountain downgrades for sure. I drove truck fir 20+ years and never used it in town/village/city driving.
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exactly and having the trans downshift/upshift every time your on off the gas is very very annoying
Agreed, Years back I had my Allison re-programed to stay in 6th gear at closed throttle position. I "Feather" the pedal when the engine brake is not needed. Works very well with the cruise control set up this way.........engine brake kicks in 2-3 MPH over set point, and kicks off 2-3 MPH under set point, with no downshifting. The Allison still has its factory speed/RPM downshift points. If needed, I don't mind interacting and using the gear selector pad, if more braking is needed from the engine brake. I just could not stand the Factory default auto downshift at closed throttle position. It has been a real joy to drive since the re-program........using the cruise control did not work well at all before the change as the auto downshift happened and alls it did is cycle , harsh downshift, up shift, harsh downshift, up shift.........now, ,while using the cruise.........smooth.
My engine brake rocker switch is never turned off..........
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