Originally Posted by Beling
Thanks so much for the replies!
We've already burned out one set of brakes through sheer ignorance. We have a Ford 150, and NOW we have the electric brakes for the trailer with controller. Our route isn't long, but in a couple of cases, it involves several miles of steep, windy roads, all downhill. (No ice or snow, ever!)
And during a recent trip, by the time we got home, I could smell that distinctive brakes-not-happy odor. Had them checked, they were fine, but I've been kind of worried ever since.
My driver has started down-shifting (automatic) but it's amazing how fast you can travel, even in first gear. So I was thinking 4WD might add a couple more brakes...hard to find answers to this.
So thanks again!
The answer is, NO 4wd doesn't assist in breaking. It can if on a slick surface (which you said isn't your issue) and relying on engine breaking. Engine breaking with most auto transmissions is similar to hanging your hat out the window. Well really all gas and diesels w/o an engine break. Though diesels have an advantage and manual transmissions are really the best way to use it. Modern auto trans will not down shift if you're above the governed speed for said gear. Example, you're Rollin 65mph and slap her in first, not a dang thing will happen. Even back into the 60's 70's they had mechanical shift goveners. So down shifting at speed is useless, starting slow in that gear is a better option. Sounds like you've already resolved the issue by installing the break controller. As long as the trailer has good breaks, life should be good. Also, driving style is another issue all together. But my thumbs hurt now :) Posted via Mobile Device