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#12021165 - 01/04/17 10:08 PM Towing with OD or Not
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Registered: 06/09/08
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Loc: The Great State of Texas
You guys use overdrive or not

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#12021201 - 01/04/17 10:31 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Depends on the truck and depends on the weight of the load. With my f-150 I tow a 22' center console (about 5000 lbs) and a utv on a tandem trailer, I always put in drive and go, never needed OD, but again it depends on if it's hilly, flat, size of the motor, etc.
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#12021224 - 01/04/17 10:51 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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I tow out of overdrive if I'm pulling my boat or a larger load.
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#12021472 - 01/05/17 07:27 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Put it in fifth and go,not in six gear.Or in tow mode.


Edited by Bandit 200 XP (01/05/17 03:42 PM)

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#12021492 - 01/05/17 07:41 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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What are you driving and towing?

Most half tons are geared with a final drive ratio that keeps rpms low for fuel economy so you will need to drop a gear or maybe two depending on what your towing.

If its a 3/4 ton diesel hitch and go. If your a gauge watcher and have a fair mechanical understanding id say you can observe how the vehicle handles it and make the call from there.

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#12021696 - 01/05/17 09:15 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Put it in Tow/Haul mode and go.
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#12021758 - 01/05/17 09:48 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
Ol Man River Offline
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I tow a 19' boat with Chevy 1/2 ton 5.3 engine in tow haul mode all the time.

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#12022660 - 01/05/17 04:54 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Ol Man River]
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Depends on the load for me. My 22' CC boat, no, hit the T/H and hammer down. If I'm hauling cattle or a load of hay, or my bigger tractors, I lock out 6th, hit T/H and go. Just try it and if it does not hunt gears up and down all the time, leave it in OD. Older 4 speed Fords need to be locked out. The planetary gears for OD are small, and don't get enough lube oil to cool them under a load. When the burn up, the gears look like little mini apple cores. I rebuild many of them when I worked in my dads shop.
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#12022896 - 01/05/17 06:47 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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I don't use Tow/Haul for anything, even towing a 8500lb travel trailer. My 6.2L F250 winds up tighter than Dick's hat band shifting gears already. All I notice is a downshift to 5th when starting up a hill. All T/H does is raise the shift points of the tranny, and as long as your transmission isn't constantly hunting, you really don't need O/D.
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#12022930 - 01/05/17 07:02 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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I guess running with out over drive and holding the rpms around 2700 , cruising at 60 mph is ok. Looked at my manuel and nothing was really mentioned about towing with over drive . I have a 1999 250 4x4 auto , has a lift with larger tires , pulling my rv fully loaded tranny was searching going up and down on long hills . RV listed loaded at 7700 lbs and truck was loaded also . Just trying to get some comparison . Pulling my Skeeter no problem pulling in overdrive . Thanks for any comments or suggestions .

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#12023065 - 01/05/17 08:01 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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I'll lock out 6th gear when pulling a heavy load unless I hit a long stretch of flat road. I look at it like this....a new transmission has X number of shifts in it and nobody knows what that numbers is. As long as you're not lugging the engine then keep the number of shifts to a minimum to keep from finding that last shift.

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#12023184 - 01/05/17 09:07 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: bush hog]
Chris B Online   content
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Yes, you are fine to tow in overdrive in a 3/4 ton unless it is a max rating tow. Could have saved everyone some time and mentioned it was a 3/4 ton.
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#12023312 - 01/05/17 10:28 PM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Chris sorry about that on my part , I'm thinking most texas truck people know 250 means 3/4 ton 1999 T444E PowerStroke Ford crew cab . My mistake .

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#12023431 - 01/06/17 02:15 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Cast]
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Registered: 04/10/10
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Put it in Tow/Haul mode and go.


BINGO!

Trucks now days are smart enough to know what to do. Besides, I don't keep a truck after warranty expires so I don't care

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#12023719 - 01/06/17 08:28 AM Re: Towing with OD or Not [Re: Hog Jaw]
patriot07 Offline
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Tow/Haul increases the shift points to avoid slippage between the gears, which reduces excess transmission wear. As others have said, put it in tow/haul and go for it.
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