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Towing with the button

Tomorrow I'm towing in this truck for the 1st time. My last truck was a 1995 Chevy Silverado with the 350 in it. It did not have a tow button, so I have never used one. I probably towed 500 times with that truck over the years and I have 245,000 on it with no tranny issues. I have always towed in 3rd gear with it.

So with the tow button, do you tow in the standard D selection or do you drop down to 3rd? What's best for this tranny? Thanks!


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What truck are you towing with? And does it have a tow-haul button?

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Leave it in the standard D, and engage Tow/Haul. You wont have any issues with the transmission. Tow/Haul doesn't keep the truck out of overdrive, but it does change the shift points, and TC lockup.
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Leave it in the standard D, and engage Tow/Haul. You wont have any issues with the transmission. Tow/Haul doesn't keep the truck out of overdrive, but it does change the shift points, and TC lockup.

What he said.

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How much weight are you towing? If you are only pulling a few thousand lbs, no need for it. Over 8k use it. If you aren't pulling much the transmission breaking will jerk you around when slowing down.

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not to hijack but what is the max rpm you should let is get up to when its holding back going down hill?

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Tow haul is nice for slowing down

Hey try driving in 3rd one time and you wont do it again ;-) coming from a chevy you will freak at the fact if you select 3rd thats what you get and only that
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not to hijack but what is the max rpm you should let is get up to when its holding back going down hill?
Rev limit is set at 4k I don't think you'll have an issue
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Rev limit is set at 4k I don't think you'll have an issue
Exactly, the truck computer will take care of the shifting and RPM's. When slowing down they will jump over 3k, just slow down some more and the RPM's will drop.

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Towing for the 1st time went well. I put the Banks to "1 Stock" and used the tow button. Tranny was smooooooooth. EGT's never really got over 1k, maybe 1,100 for about 30 seconds going up hill at 65mph. Coolant temp was in the 205-210 range and the tranny pretty much stayed at 175-185. Outside temp was 105 and the mirror was reading 111, but I'm sure that sensor picks up some radiant heat from the ground.

No white or black smoke, so not too shabby I guess.

I also turned the button off under 25mph. It seemed a little excessive going that slow.

Thanks for all the responses guys!!


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