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Old 08-16-2018, 07:44 PM   #15
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Are you sure it wasn’t your brakes?

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Old 08-17-2018, 04:09 PM   #16
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Since posting this, we’ve driven from Jackson, to Dinosaur National Monument, and to Salida, CO. A lot of that was winding and steep grades, though nothing as steep as Teton Pass. Have had no problems since.

Even though we still don’t know exactly what it was, thanks for trying to help us figure it out.

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A tool that I carry for questions just like this, an infrared temp gun. Shoot temps at drum, tires cast iron griddle etc.

It can be a very valuable tool.
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What others said. I ALWAYS smell burning bars on long downhills. It's never me, it's someone else. But it always makes me think it could be me, until I think it all through.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:13 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by weirdstuff View Post
So wondering what was overheating, and how to avoid this in the future.
I notice that in the mountains and it's often the trucks ahead of me.
The smell from their brakes hangs on the road and you'll drive through it.

My plan was to keep the speed down at the top, and only pump the brakes to maintain that speed, not slow down. Use engine braking and lower gears too.
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Old 08-18-2018, 02:14 AM   #20
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Just had oil change and tire rotation the day before.

May have been spilled oil burning off from the oil change.

You should be able to pull up a digital display of the transmission temp on the dash center display, that’s what I watch when I hit heavy towing.
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If you smell brakes burning following a semi it's 50/50 it's him and not you. If your alone, it's you. Don't think so? Go splash some of your bottled water on your rim. Then you know for sure and you no longer need to ask. Drive safe

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