Trying not to stall truck

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by Marv92, Jun 15, 2021.

  1. Marv92

    Marv92 Bobtail Member

    May 5, 2021
    So I’m in CDL school and having an issue with stalling the truck when pulling off from a stop. We always start in 4th. I release the clutch until I feel friction, release brake pedal, then continue releasing the clutch slowly, but I somehow still stall. Is it necessary to release the clutch first, then release brake, then continue to release the clutch? Or when taking off, can I just release the brake pedal first, then slowly release the clutch? Will that still stall the truck? I wonder if I’m not coming off the clutch slow enough? I just get nervous because I don’t want to impede traffic coming off the clutch so slowly lol. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    Your problem is 4th gear. If the truck stalls, you're starting in too high a gear plain and simple. I never use anything higher than 2nd when empty. Its just too hard on the truck.
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  4. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

    Sep 16, 2016
    "We always start in 4th." Welp there is your problem right there. I have NEVER started any higher then second gear. Drop it back to 2nd. If the CDL instructor docks you for it....find a new one if you can.
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    You're pulling an empty trailer; start in 2nd.
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  6. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    Stop starting in 4th would be the obvious answer, it's 4th gear for a reason and 1st gear is there for a reason.
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  7. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Gettin' down westbound
    Ive stalled a truck exactly twice . first time in the middle of an intersection in swift cdl driving school. Left the range selector in high range and stalled it out.

    2nd time , was at the fuel island about to pull away as i was watching some hot girl walking by in front of me watching her ### jiggle, i forgot to release breaks . didnt realize it until i came all the way off the clutch and stalled it right in the fuel island... Both of these situations could be avoided . although the 2nd one was worth it...
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  8. Lazer

    Lazer Medium Load Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Don’t use 4th. Go to a lower gear, there is a reason there is a 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and maybe a ‘granny’ gear.
    Your instructor is an idiot.
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  9. kitcarguy

    kitcarguy Light Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    The school I am in will not let us start in anything but 2nd.
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  10. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Like @AModelCat said, your starting in too high of a gear.
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