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Re: [RC] Stick vs. Automatic - heidi

A diesel is not as good at compression breaking as a gas engine - that's
 why "jake-brakes and exhaust brakes" were invented. A diesel is powered
 by compression producing heat - ignited the fuel so they can actually
get into a runaway mode on down hills (unless you have some sort of
exhaust brakes) or use your brakes.

Although you are right that it isn't as good as a gas engine for that, my
Powerstroke is still a steady beast downhill if one gets it into the
appropriate gear and just coasts.  And on the flat, you can still save
jamming your horses around with your brakes by gearing quietly down to a
planned stop.


Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough 
~  Theodore Roosevelt

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