Accelerating with the Jake on?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by shivver, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

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    all i know is, if i catch one of my drivers using the jake to up shift. they will not be one of my drivers anymore!
     
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  3. Big Duker

    Big Duker "Don Cheto"

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    Jake says turn them off. They make them. Make up your own mind. Lots think they know more than the manufacturer. LOL !
     
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  4. T...Street

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    Use the thing for what it was made for....going down hill. Use the foot-valve for what it was made for....stopping.
     
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  5. nikmirbre

    nikmirbre Road Train Member

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    Yes, use your brake on mountains only, This is why so many towns/municipalities have truck restrictions because lazy drivers come through town with their jake on!!!!!
     
  6. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

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    not really lazy. i think it has more to do with truckers with no mufflers. jakes are loud without mufflers.

    there are signs that say muffled compression brakes required.

    i use my jakes all the time. saves on brakes. we have a t600 however that is very touchy with the jakes. not only does the jerking tear up drive line components. but also the rear ends and transmission. and if your in first gear. motor mounts too.
     
  7. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

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    Howdy drivers…
    There is an application for Jake shifting. Loaded uphill.
     
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  8. fisher guy

    fisher guy Road Train Member

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    if done right its not gonna hurt the truck as for no jake brake area's if its a congested area with lots of houses on flat ground sure i'll shut em off but if i going down a steep hill and there sighns up i just let em ride no problems yet and now that i think of it i dont think i've met anyone that has gotten a ticket for this. btw im just one of those people that gets off listening to jakes i prefer it to the radio lol
     
  9. Truck Driver

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    Up-shifting with the Jake can help you catch your next gear and pull with it when you'd otherwise be unable to up-shift or bog it down if you did. Its most useful when running loaded off road, or up real steep hills. It don't make much sense on flat paved road or in parking lots or through town or even on the interstate. If you know what you're doing, its every bit as smooth as a regular shift. Don't try it if you haven't yet mastered shifting because you'll tear your equipment up. If you're the sort of driver that only leaves the freeway to make a delivery or go to the truckstop, it really ain't necessary.
     
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  10. STexan

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    Then there's the numb-nuts who use them in 3 miles of stop and go traffic. If you're having to do hard brake applications consistently throughout the day to keep from hitting things and coming to a stop, and think a jake brake is the proper and valid solution ... you are 1, following too close, and 2, driving too fast. Just my 2 cents. Can jakes reduce brake wear in non grade decent situations? Yes, but not measurably if you're driving right and safely.
     
  11. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

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    i totaly disagree, 1running off road with a heavy load you put it in a gear that will get the job done period!2 going up a real steep hill the same as #1 put it in a gear that will get the job done. shifting on a steep pull (non highway) is for a lack of a better word stupid. thats how rears and drivelines get torn up. experience will tell you that!
     
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