When it comes to towing a heavy load, there is no substitution for a Dodge truck equipped with a Cummins diesel engine. Cummins diesel engines have been the standard for power and torque and have given the consumer the ability to tow massive boats, trailers and fifth wheel trailers. Having all the torque and horsepower that the Cummins provides is very useful when towing and especially when going up hills. Source Automotive understands how to get the most out of the Dodge Cummins diesel. However few are getting the most that their diesel engines can provide especially when it comes to generating stopping power.
Brake components, namely pads, rotors, drums and shoes, function very well in most circumstances, however, they do have limitations. When towing heavy loads, it is important to consider those limitations to keep the truck and cargo safe. One of the limiting factors in brake use is heat. When friction brakes are used, heat is generated. As the pad grips, the disc or the shoe presses against the drum, significant friction is created and this friction is used to provide braking power. A byproduct of that friction is heat. If the brakes become too hot for repeated use, perhaps in a long downhill situation, the brakes can loose stopping power. This loss of power from excessive heat is called “Brake Fade.” When the power of one brake is lost to brake fade, the remaining brakes must make up for the work. The remaining brakes are likely nearly overheated and can soon succumb to brake fade as well. The end result could be catastrophic.
Brake fade can be avoided and in the case of the Dodge Cummins diesel owner, there is a definitive solution! Exhaust brakes have been utilized for years. Every Dodge Diesel that tows heavy should be equipped with one to increase the braking power available, reduce the cost of replacing costly brake components and give the driver reassurance when towing a heavy load. Exhaust brakes function by closing the exhaust portion of the engine and thus make the engine force the exhaust out of the cylinder. This force generates tremendous stopping power that is completely independent of conventional friction brakes.
Those who tow heavy and use an exhaust brake already understand the importance of its proper function. When used properly, the cargo, passengers, and driver are safer and components experience less costly wear. The experts at Source Automotive can help you understand the differences between the exhaust brakes available and they can help you choose which one is right for your needs.