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So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to stop?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Scott A, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. Scott A

    Scott A 1/2 ton status

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    This happened to me and my brakes would NOT hold. So, I had to ride it out to the bottom (about 200 feet).

    So with no engine power what holds your truck the best on a steep hill?

    A. Line Lock
    B. Transfercase Brake
    C. Emergency Brake
    D. Throw it in park /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
    E. ??
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    With a manual transmission this is not an issue.
     
  3. Scott A

    Scott A 1/2 ton status

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    yeah, becuase you can use engine compression and that low first gear, right?
     
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    Shaggy 3/4 ton status

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    Fix your brakes before putting yourself in that situation. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    Scott A 1/2 ton status

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    Yeah, I should adjust my brakes. I don't think the drums in the rear are stopping too good /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    yeah, becuase you can use engine compression and that low first gear, right?

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    Not only can I, I do, on a regular basis.

    If you're riding the brakes on a steep downgrade with 50:1 or more crawl ratio, you're on a pretty scary downgrade. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    This happened to me and my brakes would NOT hold. So, I had to ride it out to the bottom (about 200 feet).

    So with no engine power what holds your truck the best on a steep hill?

    A. Line Lock
    B. Transfercase Brake
    C. Emergency Brake
    D. Throw it in park /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
    E. ??

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    None of the above; you need to remove the automatic transmission and install this: http://www.high-impact.net/transmission_and_gear/nv4500.htm

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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Screw that, just get a doubler, does the same thing and is cheaper.
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    NV4500 is more useful to me than a doubler...and would cost me about the same $$.

    As for stalling on steep hills, get FI or diesel, then all you have to worry about is losing oil pressure.

    Rene
     
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    Throw your wife in front and use her as a wheel chock /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif
     
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    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    Don't throw it in park, you'll just break the parking pawl. (Experience? Hmmmm, I wonder? /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif)

    IIRC, with hydoboost there is a little nitrogen canister that is supposed to give a little breaking if the engine dies. But that only helps if you have hydroboost system.
     
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    i remember someone was making 12volt vacuum pumps
     
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    Re: So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to s

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    i remember someone was making 12volt vacuum pumps

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    I don't have one here at work, but I do remember seeing those advertised in the back pages on many magazines. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    There were also FACTORY vacuum pumps run on 12 volts

    Clicky
     
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    Re: So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to s

    interesting! Thanks for posting that link!
     
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    Re: So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to s

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    There were also FACTORY vacuum pumps run on 12 volts

    Clicky

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    Very interesting /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to s

    I won't be doing it yet, doing my transfercase, but would like to check those out. There has to be thousands of those cars sitting in yards to pirate a pump from. Sounds real simple too . If one of you get one, post up how you mounted it. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    If I had an automatic,I'd shift to low,and slow it down as much as possible,then if it was evident your going to crash,I'd put it in reverse at idle,and then use the throttle to spin the wheels backward--tough on the drivetrain,but better than dying or crashing!.
    And you guys with diesels,or gassers with hydroboost--make sure you have a new power steering belt,and all the hoses and the pump are in mint condition--any of them fail,you've got NO brakes OR power steering--and wet pants! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     
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    cummins powersteering pumps are gear driven!
     
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    Re: So, you are starting a VERY steep decent and your engine dies. How to s

    Just switch to manual brakes then its not an issue /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif


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