Truck moving at rocket speed in reverse w/o pressing accelerator

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  1. expedite_it

    expedite_it Heavy Load Member

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    I have a 2021 Freightliner Cascadia. For about the past week or so, when I am doing a back, and I put the transmission in reverse, I ease off the brake and I don't touch the accelerator at all, the truck will lurch backwards like a rocket. I used to be able to back into a (tight) parking spot at a truckstop slowly and gently. Now the truck wants to move backwards like a rocket when I ease off the brake, and if I press the brake again to try to slow the truck down, it is hard to slow the truck down without just stopping the truck altogether. So, frequently, when I try to slow the truck down (without trying to stop the truck), the truck will violently come to an abrupt stop.

    I don't notice the truck's engine moving too fast forward when I am driving forward with the transmission in drive. Now I know that it doesn't make sense for the truck to move excessively fast without pressing on the accelerator in reverse but not seem to move excessively fast without pressing on the accelerator in drive, but that is what it seems like it is doing.

    Before about a week ago, my truck would only move about 1 mph in reverse on flat ground if I did not press the accelerator or the brake pedal. Now, my truck moves about 5 mph in reverse on flat ground when I don't press the accelator or the brake pedal.

    Does anyone know why in the last week or so, my semi-truck started moving in rocket speed in reverse without my even touching the accelerator at all?
     
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  3. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    sounds like it's in high range.

    your splitter might not be working right
     
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  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    i only drove a couple of automatics, early generation ones at that, and i was told to keep foot on brake, shift into neutral, then reverse.

    if one swiftly shifts into reverse, there is "no time" for the transmission computer to know what was going on, and keeps the trans on the high side.
     
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    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

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    only drove an auto once to do a local load.

    early days of autos and that was enough.
     
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    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    one time, when i was at NEMF, i had my first auto. bumped the dock hard, the trans locked up.

    called the shop, was told shut down the engine for 10 full minutes, try again.

    that worked....

    which is why, i'd rather have an automatic car, or pick up truck, over any 18 wheeler any day of the week, and twice on sundays.
     
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  7. expedite_it

    expedite_it Heavy Load Member

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    My truck has an automatic transmission.
     
  8. expedite_it

    expedite_it Heavy Load Member

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    I will definitely try that. That might be what is going on, although i cannot think of any reason that i would have only encountered this problem in the last week. I have been driving this truck for months.
     
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    could be long over due for a PM...bring this up with the shop. could be some varnish in the transmission solenoids.

    if not that, then a reset of the computer is maybe needed. by removing a the negative cable for about 5 to 10 minutes, then reattach, start up, let idle for about 5 to 10 minutes to let the 'puter relearn the parameters.
     
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    expedite_it Heavy Load Member

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    I will bring this up with the shop if shifting slowly does not solve the problem.
     
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    Sounds like its in high range or maybe high split? Don't know how many gears you have in that one.
     
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