Need Help With Not Stalling Truck

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Marvin D.'s Comment
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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.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
PackRat's Comment
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Long story short, try taking off in 3rd gear instead. If that gets you going, keep doing it.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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If the clutch is holding you, you don't need to be on the brakes. If the engine starts to lug try giving just a tiny bit of throttle.

Rob's Comment
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Releasing the clutch before coming off the brake is perfect if you want to stall. Unless they’re making you start in 4 for some reason drop to 3. Unless you’re facing an uphill there’s no need to release the clutch while holding brake. Clutch in, foot comes off brake and moves to fuel pedal while releasing clutch, when clutch starts to engage start to bring up RPMs and fully release clutch. Hope this helps

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.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
ChrisEMT's Comment
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I would start in 2nd or 3rd, instead of 4th.... 4th is to high of a gear to start in, imho. I have heard inspectors/DMV(RMV) requiring people to start in 1st, even 2nd, but not 4th..... I would ask your instructor/trainer why they want you to start in 4th and see what they say.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

228I10's Comment
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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.

As PackRat said, start off in 3rd gear instead. While empty or bobtailing it's suitable to start in 3rd gear. The only situation where you may want to attempt a 4th gear start is empty or bobtailing downhill. Other than that ... there's no reason to start in 4th gear.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

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