The Jacobs Engine Brake (also known as the "Jake Brake®") is a diesel engine retarder that uses the engine to aid in slowing and controlling the vehicle. When activated, the engine brake alters the operation of the engine's exhaust valves so that the engine works as a power-absorbing air compressor. This provides a retarding, or slowing, action to the vehicle's drive wheels, enabling you to have improved vehicle control without using the service brakes*. This conservation results in reduced service brake maintenance, shorter trip times, and lower total cost of ownership.
Watch our "How a Jake Brake Works" video below to see the engine brake in action and find out how to operate a Jake Brake.