MtnDon wrote:If I'm driving in the mountains, which I do everyday since that is where I live, I always use the transmission gears before I use the brakes.
Shadow Catcher wrote:About 1900# and in retrospect should have down shifted.
lrrowe wrote:MtnDon wrote:If I'm driving in the mountains, which I do everyday since that is where I live, I always use the transmission gears before I use the brakes.
This reminds of an old phrase I used to hear...."brakes are cheaper to repair then are transmissions." But I suspect (with no facts to back it up) that with today's electronic shifting transmission, that this is not case the case today, even if was true way back when.
MtnDon wrote:My Tacoma user manual specifically states to use lower gears when descending hills. The idea is to use engine braking so if you need the brakes they are not so hot they are less effective. I've never seen the ATF fluid go over 195 F and that was on uphill with trailer, not downhill. (270-280 is typically thought of as maximum) High temp. is what kills an automatic. As for a manual it is easier to kill a clutch than a manual box. IMO
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