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Just picked up my new f-350 cc King Ranch and absolutely love the truck. I had a 2008 Dodge before. Before that I only owned 7.3L. Only thing I miss is my exhaust brake. These new trucks are awesome and I'm glad to be back in a Ford.

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Just picked up my new f-350 cc King Ranch and absolutely love the truck. I had a 2008 Dodge before. Before that I only owned 7.3L. Only thing I miss is my exhaust brake. These new trucks are awesome and I'm glad to be back in a Ford.
Welcome back. I take it you don't like the exhaust brake on our fords. Its the only exhaust brake I have had so I kind of like it. Others have said the Dodge brake was better.
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I think the exhaust brake on these trucks is more passive than on the Dodges from what I have heard. I notice my exhaust brake kicking in when I am braking in tow-haul mode. The engine seems to have to be at higher RPM's to notice. Coming down a mountain pass towing a 5Th wheel as you apply the brake the transmission will down shift and exhaust brake will be noticed if the RPM's are high enough. I have never had a true exhaust brake on a vehicle to compare with.
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Tow-Haul mode makes the Exhaust Brake kick in... from what I understand Ford's thinking behind this was the brakes on the truck are powerful enough to stop the truck by itself, without having to cause added pressure and wear on the turbo from the exhaust brake adding back-pressure.

Also, you will notice if you pay close attention to the fact that when you brake(unloaded) the truck will downshift, it holds a higher gear and then drops 2 gears instead of dropping 1. Allowing the RPMs to shoot temporarily to the 2500-2700 mark and use engine braking without putting added back-pressure on the turbo.

Once you notice these small quirks, the truck becomes even more fun to drive, and you will notice less wear and tear. If you are driving in a 40-45 mph zone for instance and have the 3.31 or 3.55 gears, your truck will shift into 6th gear but struggle to maintain speed and/or accelerate. The solution for better fuel mileage and less trans slip is click the (-) on your shifter stalk until the 6 disappears off your gear display. This will keep the trans from shifting into 6th and making the motor lug. You will see increased mpg and less trans wear if you do this.
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Miss the exhaust brake

Exhaust brake is the only thing I miss so far from the dodge. It is a night and day difference between the two. I like that you can turn it on without tow/haul and it slows you down in a hurry(on the dodge). But it tows better (more power) and i'm getting better mileage, so i'm not complaning. I love the truck

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