We just finished a road trip thru Western Colo. ( 2002 BUICK )
One of the downgrades was so long, and so steep, that,
when we stopped at the bottom, there was a STRONG smell
of sizzling brake-pad.
A mechanic friend says I could've ruined the pads,
and warped the rotors !
Suggests I should've put the transmission in <2>
and let the trannie slow the car.
I know this was common practice with stick-shifts....
but wouldn't this practice overheat the auto transmission ?