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Old 05-05-2014, 10:29 AM   #11
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Lots of opinions on this one. So what I am gleaning from all this is OD is okay if you have it in tow/haul.

Or... is it never use OD when you are towing?? Hard on tranny.


Now I'm really confused.

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Old 05-05-2014, 10:34 AM   #12
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Use OD unless tranny is hunting for gears.

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Old 05-05-2014, 11:43 AM   #13
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When I pulled with gas I never used OD. On many newer trucks you have a transmission temp gage. If you have that gage it will help you decide how to use your rpm's to keep things cooler. When I was towing with my F150 I would program out 6'th gear and put it in tow/haul and go. Watching the trans temp in gage mode convinced me that was a good decision.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:46 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by 1wayhighway View Post
If you have a tow haul put it there and forget about it. That's what it is there for. If you don't have a tow/haul mode then no OD.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:56 PM   #15
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Driving With An Automatic
Overdrive Transmission
With certain automatic overdrive transmissions,
towing – especially in hilly areas – may cause
excessive shifting between overdrive and the next
lower gear.
– To eliminate this condition and achieve steadier
performance, overdrive can be locked out (see
vehicle Owner's Manual)
– If excessive shifting does not occur, use overdrive
to optimize fuel economy
– Overdrive may also be locked out to obtain
engine braking on downgrades
– When available, select Tow/Haul Mode to
automatically eliminate unwanted gear search
and help control vehicle speed when going downhill.

Straight from the Expy manual.

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Old 05-05-2014, 06:50 PM   #16
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I tow 5000# with a 5.7 ram. 5 and 6 are both overdrive gears. I will use 5 if I am on a long level or downgrade. I most often just use Tow/Haul and 4th gear.
5th gear at 62MPH I turn about 1900 RPMs, 4th gear about 2200. Rig is much more responsive in 4th at 2200.

On a recent 1800 mile trip my lie o meter gave me .2 better mileage in 4th and the tranny ran 10 to 15 degrees cooler.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:03 PM   #17
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Like I said:
Originally Posted by Tail_gunner View Post
It depends on the vehicle, there really isn't a clear cut answer.

I think the closer you are to the towing limit of your tow vehicle the greater chance of having to be in tow mode or lock out OD. In my case, I am only a little more than halfway to my towing capacity. So I can tow in 6th gear/OD all day without the truck breaking a sweat. But a half ton truck truck pulling near it's towing limit will have to work harder.
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Old 05-05-2014, 08:26 PM   #18
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I had no idea how our truck was going to pull in the hills let alone on the flats. After a couple hours pulling on our first trip I figured out that 5th worked best (no shifting up or down) and this kept the tranny temp the same as if I wasn't pulling. Daytripper quoted the manual and that's the best guide, after that you just have to pull your TT and see how your vehicle does.
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I tow with a 2003 Expedition and it depends on the speed, hills and head winds. At 50-60 mph I turn it off. From 60-65 I turn it back on. The torque peak is at 2500 on the 5.4 so the closer you are to that the better it pulls.

Do you have the towing package? If not you may have the 3.55 gears instead of the 3.73 which means you'll definitely want it off.
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:58 PM   #20
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Use OD with tow haul engaged... IF the transmission starts to hunt for a gear.. shifting up and down.. THEN manually downshift it,

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