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      11-17-2020, 04:57 PM   #8
Jack Watts
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brake pads are cheaper than transmissions...

There are enough nanny overrides to stop you from destroying your transmission but engine braking definitely raises fluid temps and puts more load on the system. Personally, I'd just use the brakes. I've yet to encounter a mountain pass where I'm getting brake fade. If were as snow-covered pass, that's different--but then, the speeds would be lower.