How To Keep From Stalling

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Matthew 's Comment
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Hey guys weird question I've been doing weekend training at community college for a few months finally test not this tuesday but next instructors have told me I'm the best driver in class I feel pretty confident on pre trip maneuvers and definetly on road EXCEPT!we have a 10 speed 2014 cascadia and they want us to start in 3d gear instead of 1st probably so ppl dont throw it on reverse going to second they always say easssssse off the clutch until you feel it pull a little for some reason it always sound like its gonna bog down or stall unless I immediately give it gas but the instructor was like your gonna burn the clutch so I eased off and bam it stalled I can shift piece of cake how do I fix this before I test?it dosent big like that when were doing maneuvers is it because were starting in a higher gear?thanks fellas see yall on the road shortly god bless

PackRat's Comment
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There is no reason you need to start in first or second gear to get moving, unless you are on a major hill climb, or loaded with about 75,000 lbs on the trailer.

Do not touch the throttle when the clutch is being let out. If it stalls, you are letting the clutch out too quickly.

Turtle's Comment
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3rd gear should be more than enough to get you rolling with no throttle at all, especially when you're empty. Just work on a nice smooth release. You'll get it with practice.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Yep. Slowly release and once it is out then give it throttle. Even loaded I only used 2nd, and sometimes 3rd or even 4th, if there was any downhill.

It may sound like it is going to stall but if you let it out slow enough you will be amazed at what you can move in 3rd gear.

Aubrey M.'s Comment
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If you can find a good spot to do it, you can shift from third all the way to tenth without touching the fuel and the truck will not stall. If you can do this it should give you a little better idea about what was said here and by your instructor.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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I'm currently in a Cascadia as well. Loaded I pull out in 2nd. Empty I usually pull out in 4th. It's all about clutch control. When you feel it start to grab release brake and slowly release clutch. It takes practice. I pull flatbed and I'm usually at 79000 to 80000lbs. Unless you are starting on a steep hill and loaded you dont need to start in first. The big thing is to remember it's not a 4 wheeler. You dont need to give it throttle, these are torque beasts, and you shouldnt be shifting to neutral to stop.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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I remember a few months ago driving a 2007 sterling something. On flat ground loaded with 5000 lbs in a PUP trailer, it stalled in 3rd gear coming out of a light. I don't know how I or it managed to do that one. Even in 2nd ours sound like they want to die.

PackRat's Comment
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Smaller companies = smaller maintenance budgets.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Smaller companies = smaller maintenance budgets.

Even this company with 55 billion dollars in revenue doesn't want to pay to maintain their own trucks it feels like smile.gif

PackRat's Comment
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Apparently not. Any truck that can't pull a trailer with only 5,000 lbs in it from a start in second gear has some mechanical issue that needs to be checked out and fixed.

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