Living on a prayer
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Salem, Oregon
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Down the mountain in 4 Low and 2nd gear
I didn't think i had much choice. coming down about 4 miles of steep gravel road yesterday i thought i was going to smoke my brakes. i locked in the hubs, put it in 4 Low, and in 2nd gear. i rode that down the steepest parts of the road, and went back to normal Drive for the flatter parts relying on brakes.
I was hauling a camper in the truck bed, so i was HEAVY. about 11,000 weight total.
As far as I can tell the differential and front axle stayed nice and cool, and it sure saved my brakes from smoking up in a few 1-mile steep stretches.
so did i risk damage to anything?
I never let the speed get up over 8-10 mph.
Early 99 (7/98) F-350 CC 4X4 AT 7.3L 200K mi - 4" turbo back w/muffler - AFE Stage 2 - PMT1 ECM - DP 40T/DECEL/80E - dual trans coolers - HPX - Fuel CCK - Auto Meter Trans/EGT/Boost - 3.73 - stock tires