What is a "jake-brake" and why is it illegal in some places?
- Deana GLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Jake Brake is a particular brand of engine brake manufactured and sold by Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Inc. While the term Jake Brake technically only describes Jake Brake brand engine brakes, it has become a genericized trademark and is often used to refer to engine brakes or compression release engine brakes in general.
An engine brake is a braking system used primarily on semi-trucks or other large vehicles that modifies engine valve operation to use engine compression to slow the vehicle. They are also known as compression release engine brakes.
Compression release engine brakes may make a loud chattering or machine gun noise while being used, which has led many communities to ban them. There are signs on the side of some freeway offramps, or at municipal boundaries, that will say "Engine brakes restricted", etc. These signs are referring to compression release engine brakes. This has led to special mufflers on trucks that also muffle the sound of the compression release engine brakeSource(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_brake
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I guess the same reason OUR ancestors insisted on THEIR "rights" when they arrived here. Did they ask the permission of the Native Americans to land here? Did they ask permission to build homes here? Did they ask their permission to steal their land? Like the "illegal" aliens of today, our ancestors left their countries to come here & start over rather than stay & fix the problems they had with their governments...as we so hypocritically suggest that the "illegals" do today. They desire to be citizens here, just the same as YOUR ancestors desired to be citizens here. They have "civil rights" because they are human beings equal in the eyes of God regardless of whether or not they are equal in YOUR eyes. In response to your "edit" I am appalled that you would justify NOT seeing or treating ANY people as "equal" just because it is SUGGESTED rather than a LAW you MUST follow. Your logic is tragic & pathetic.
- 1 decade ago
They are illegal in some areas because the make too much noise, residential areas and cites with noise ordinances.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago