Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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I use low range almost daily for the gear reduction. Here in the hills of West Virginia, it comes in handy. It also helps take the load off the tranny, instead of slipping in 1st gear to go slow, it's hummin' right along in 2nd or 3rd while in low range, higher gears alow the tork converter to lock up, lowers heat, over all I feel it's better for the trans.
If you had it up to 260 degrees, the tranny is toast. The fluid change will likely get you enough life to drive the truck to the tranny shop with out a tow truck... do much else with it, and your asking for trouble.
I had mine rebuilt about 3 years ago, local guy, so far I'm happy. Didn't pay much, but now with 50K hard miles on it, it seems to be getting soft again. It's been warm a few times, but not as hot as yours. I've cought it by the time it hits 220 degrees.
Good luck with yours...
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