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Old 04-28-2010, 01:33 PM
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towing in overdrive?

I just put gauges in my 2000 psd, ive noticed the tranny gets and stays hotter if i tow my rock crawler outta overdrive so is it ok to pull with the overdrive on? the tranny run like 30degrees cooler, i just always heard dont ever tow with it on but... the owners manual is no help thanks
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:38 PM
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i am wondering the same
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with any luck we'll both know soon
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As long as it is not shifting in and out of overdrive frequently it should be OK. You just don't want it to be constantly shifting back and forth, that's when you start to burn things up.
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I tow with it off for speeds under 55 or 60 to keep it from shifting in and out of overdrive, but if Im cruising down the interstate at 70 I have OD on
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thats aewsome ill keep doing wut iam doing thinking of adding a fan to my aux. cooler
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Old 04-28-2010, 02:22 PM
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I don't tow in OD, my buddy (who owns a trans shop) says "if you ever saw the Tiny size of the OD unit in the trans you'd Never pull anything heavy through it!"

So, I push the button every time I hook-up (then, you have to remember each time you refuel or stop to eat )
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:03 PM
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I turn mine off when I tow more than 7k cause most of what I tow goes down the highway
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:15 PM
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if your trans is getting hot i am not sure if your converter locks out of od but if it doesn't a lockup switch would take some of the heat out of it by not slipping the trans
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I haul in OD all the time and never have a problem but I'm going 70 mph. Towed 20K lbs. with my F250 with 3.73 gears and the truck just wanted to stay in OD and cruise at 70.
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