Automatic Transmission Question

Topic 7328 | Page 2

Page 2 of 5 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Eckoh's Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

double-quotes-start.png

You will find out that you will use the brakes more often and if you have a weak engine brake then you will use them even more.

double-quotes-end.png

double-quotes-end.png

its a kenworth t680 with a cummings ISX i do not think a weak engine will be a problem :)

just been sitting 3 days now without a load... first time i have set for any time without a load....

double-quotes-end.png

I did not say weak engine, I said weak engine brake or jake brake.

miss read that, my mistake. i trained in a 14 t680, never found that jake to be weak. i just want to drive

Rolling Thunder's Comment
member avatar
Great Answer!

I have a 2015 Freightliner Auto. This thing starts out fine and pulls great. I know the older autos were basically crap, but this one is different.

Once you get used to it, I believe you will come to love it.

Eckoh's Comment
member avatar
Great Answer!

I got to take my new Kenworth out for a short 500 mile run before going on hometime, it was only 7200 pounds so it really did not tell me much. The weirdest thing for me has been turning, the things LOVE to shift while turning which is something i will get use to.

I will get to give it a good workout when i come off hometime thursday, i have a 45000 pound load to take from Richmond Va to Ohio, so i will get to do the mountains of west virgina with a heavy truck.

I just got to be careful and scale it right as Kenworths are quite a bit heavier then my Volvo was 45000 might be max weight for it.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
member avatar

I got to take my new Kenworth out for a short 500 mile run before going on hometime, it was only 7200 pounds so it really did not tell me much. The weirdest thing for me has been turning, the things LOVE to shift while turning which is something i will get use to.

I will get to give it a good workout when i come off hometime thursday, i have a 45000 pound load to take from Richmond Va to Ohio, so i will get to do the mountains of west virgina with a heavy truck.

I just got to be careful and scale it right as Kenworths are quite a bit heavier then my Volvo was 45000 might be max weight for it.

You should be good at 45000. Does your jake brake kick in automatically while on cruise? If not, you will want to switch that thing to manual and pick a gear before starting down.

Eckoh's Comment
member avatar

double-quotes-start.png

I got to take my new Kenworth out for a short 500 mile run before going on hometime, it was only 7200 pounds so it really did not tell me much. The weirdest thing for me has been turning, the things LOVE to shift while turning which is something i will get use to.

I will get to give it a good workout when i come off hometime thursday, i have a 45000 pound load to take from Richmond Va to Ohio, so i will get to do the mountains of west virgina with a heavy truck.

I just got to be careful and scale it right as Kenworths are quite a bit heavier then my Volvo was 45000 might be max weight for it.

double-quotes-end.png

You should be good at 45000. Does your jake brake kick in automatically while on cruise? If not, you will want to switch that thing to manual and pick a gear before starting down.

no the jake will not kick in on cruise, but i do not use cruise in the mountains anyways.

The other somewhat crazy thing is its adaptive cruise control, the cruise will slow down if i am going faster then the vehicle infront of me and hold a set following distance, its not exactly a bad thing but can be a bit annoying. Apparently its a new safety thing in pretty much all new trucks.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rolling Thunder's Comment
member avatar

Not sure how I would feel about that. Could be useful though. I am interested to hear how the mountain run goes. I know my first one in this thing was a little unnerving. The 2015s had the manual option software removed and I had no idea. They have since corrected it though. Made for an interesting down hill ride. That is how I found out the jake kicks in automatically on cruise. shocked.png

Eckoh's Comment
member avatar
Great Answer!

Not sure how I would feel about that. Could be useful though. I am interested to hear how the mountain run goes. I know my first one in this thing was a little unnerving. The 2015s had the manual option software removed and I had no idea. They have since corrected it though. Made for an interesting down hill ride. That is how I found out the jake kicks in automatically on cruise. shocked.png

my manual option is actually another selections on the shifter then it activates the thumb buttons on the side of the shifter.

The adaptive cruise is part of the colision prevetion system or whatever, there is a radar box on the front that will start yelling at me if i am too close to the vehicle infront of me, which is all fine and dandy as i keep good following distance anyways. The thing i do not like is when i had some jack wagon cut VERY close infront of me and it turned my jake on by itself on high to slow the truck down.

I guess its an ok safety thing, i just do not like the idea of it turning on the jake when it feels the need as it could cause problems on slick roads in my mind.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

J. Snow's Comment
member avatar

I love the adaptive Cruise in my car. Took a little getting used to though-and of course there are idiots who will squeeze in between me and the car in front when we are passing which causes the CC to brake to re-establish the safe distance between the vehicles.

Eckoh's Comment
member avatar

I love the adaptive Cruise in my car. Took a little getting used to though-and of course there are idiots who will squeeze in between me and the car in front when we are passing which causes the CC to brake to re-establish the safe distance between the vehicles.

its something i will have to get used to. However i have herd from multiple people that by the end of 2017 Swift will be a fully auto fleet with the exception of mentor trucks, mentors will still have standards as old many Jerry thinks everyone who drives a big truck should know how to shift.

Matt D.'s Comment
member avatar

Yes swift is converting there whole fleet all what 26,000 trucks alot of the companies are changing the fleets over

Page 2 of 5 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

This topic has the following tags:

Automatic Transmissions Safe Driving Tips Tips For Shifting Truck Equipment Questions
Click on any of the buttons above to view topics with that tag, or you can view a list of all forum tags here.

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More