Uphill gear

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by LaTrokera2020, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. LaTrokera2020

    LaTrokera2020 Bobtail Member

    Sep 17, 2020
    I’m a recent grad and recently in Cali on i -10 on a steep upgrade i was In 10th gear and it lost power on me and turned off in the middle of the dang mountain. I panicked because i was In third lane over.

    What is the proper gear going up, I’m suppose to be in before going uphill with a load? Or am i suppose to be shifting up on an incline Vs staying in gear beforehand?

    i have a 10 speed freight liner cascadia

    TIA !
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  3. 88 Alpha

    88 Alpha Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 12, 2012
    SouthEast Alabama
    You are not likely going to be able to stay in one gear as you climb. You're going to have to shift to a lower gear. Watch your tachometer (RPM gauge). Shift to a lower gear when it gets to 1200 (you may not even want to wait until it gets that low). It sounds like you "choked it out" (the RPMs fell to 800 or less and you stalled the truck).
  4. Jacoooooooo

    Jacoooooooo Medium Load Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    The question is if it died for some unrelated (eg. electrical) issue, or did you kill it with low rpm. If it’s the latter, there might be more problems with this engine coming soon.
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  5. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You should not be in the left lane, especially on a steep grade. You need to learn to down shift
  6. firemedic2816

    firemedic2816 Heavy Load Member

    May 14, 2016
    Walton Kentucky
    Sounds to me like someone needs more training,
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  7. Concorde

    Concorde Heavy Load Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    West Melbourne Florida
    Lol, you were in the left lane and choked out your truck on a grade...clueless..
    Luckily for you no one rear ended you and died..you’d be posting from prison right now.

    What gear do you put it in “before” a steep climb?
    Seriously, if you don’t know how to climb a hill please get off the road. Surely you haven’t a clue how to go down either.
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  8. Idahojoel

    Idahojoel Light Load Member

    Jan 17, 2018
    Phoenix Arizona
    Steep grade on I-10 in Cali ????!! Where ?
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  9. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    Really? Man I've pulled steep grades that I started up at the bottom going 70 mph in 12th gear, and by time I reached the summit I was doing 7 mph in 3rd gear. You need to learn how to down shift.
  10. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    I-10 east of Indio towards Blythe, east of Redlands and east of rest stop at Whitewater. I smell a troll. :bootyshake: :mmad:
  11. FozzyNOK

    FozzyNOK Road Train Member

    Jul 18, 2007
    The proper gear is simply one that will keep your truck around peak torque.. around 1200 rpms or so.. you get in the right lane and start up.. as the rpms fall off to 1200.. downshift to the next lower gear, continue doing so until you are at the top of the grade.. I'm sure you had to cover this on the skills test let alone in training.
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