<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Route 66:
Spartan has recommended NOT leaving your auxiliary brake on all the time, as the service brakes need to heat up to prevent glazing of the front brake shoes.
When applying the service brakes, the rear brakes activate first, followed by the front brakes. The front brakes get the least use and are most susceptible to glazing.
There have been cases where the front brake shoes have glazed, resulting in reduced braking capacity.
This is not covered under warranty, as it is operator caused.
I no longer leave my auxiliary brake on all the time.
At a Spartan seminar, it was asked if anyone had ever replaced their brakes. No one had, so the auxiliary brake was not needed 100% of the time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I am a little late to this thread (as usual and another $ short...
) but here are my $.02.
I leave the Pac Brake switched on when on the freeway/interstate or high speed highways, on hills and at times around town in traffic. I don't worry about the cruise interferring and I will say it slows us down BIG TIME! You definately feel it and I have "cleared the counter" myself a few times when a traffic signal changed unexpectedly or I was cut off by an inattentive cage driver.
Pac Brake strongly recommends using their lubricant on the pivot points and I purchased it and use it per their recommendations. I had tried another brand previously but it burned off. The Pac Brake lube is designed for the temps. observed with TD's and as such will not burn off. It also doesn't wash off easily so one application should last quite a while.
I bought it from a diesel service center. It was about $6 for 4-6oz. Cheap insurance IMHO.
As for that tap-brake black box, I read the instructions on how to use it but my rapidly aging brain decided I (or the DW) might become confused. I'll have to re-visit that site and see if it is worth the trouble. Personally, I "hit the switch" if it is off and I need it and I rarely have to look for it. I may relocate the switch closer to the Eco-Cruise faceplate in the future.
BTW, when we purchased the DP and I was in the process of re-learning how to drive
I "smelled" my service brakes a few times. After finding out how much the replacement parts are, I am using the EB more often than not now.