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Old 02-24-2015, 08:23 AM   #1
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Another dumb question

For those that have a Silverado, when on flat land do you use tow/haul? When running on flat land do you use the exhaust brake with tow/haul? My 2012 3500 came with the exhaust brake that you have to engage, on the 2008 2500 diesel that I owned it did not come that way.


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My 2011 2500 has the exhaust brake switch as well and I use it. On turning off the tow/haul when on flat land....yes....if I remember....which is rare! Usuallly by the time I remember to turn it off I am stopping! So I guess the proper answer is No, I don't turn it off!
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For those that have a Silverado, when on flat land do you use tow/haul? When running on flat land do you use the exhaust brake with tow/haul? My 2012 3500 came with the exhaust brake that you have to engage, on the 2008 2500 diesel that I owned it did not come that way.
If it is towing ANYTHING, I keep it engaged in the Tow/Haul mode, up hill, down hill, flat land.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:41 AM   #4
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Tow / haul on if towing no matter the road conditions.
I have a 2008 and had the duramax tuned which now uses the vv turbo to act as a engine brake while towing.
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There are towns that post "NO EXHAUST BRAKES ALLOWED". Maybe that's why can be disengaged. Small towns will ticket if not allowed.
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I use the tow/haul mode when ever I have anything connected and I believe when you engage the tow switch exhaust brake is automatic.
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There are towns that post "NO EXHAUST BRAKES ALLOWED". Maybe that's why can be disengaged. Small towns will ticket if not allowed.
Our little diesel trucks have a relatively quiet, exhaust brake, which isn't restricted by these postings. It restricts large rigs with the very loud "Jake brake".

I keep my exhaust brake on all the time, every time I am on the road, hauling or not... saves on brakes with no ill effect. I use towhaul anytime I am towing. I have to manually select each time the key is turned off.

On my 2012 Ram CTD, towhaul is on the stick, while exhaust brake is a button near center of the dash.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:24 AM   #8
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There are towns that post "NO EXHAUST BRAKES ALLOWED". Maybe that's why can be disengaged. Small towns will ticket if not allowed.
I think there more worried about 379 pete's with 8" straights!
Unless you have no muffler you'll likely not know brake is engaged. "By sound"
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I don't have a Silverado, but I do know that the only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask. ;-)
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I don't have a Silverado, but I do know that the only dumb questions are the ones you don't ask. ;-)
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