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Old 02-24-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Transmission Temp. & Towing

So I am planning on pulling a 20ft trailer that will weigh about 5000lbs when full of "stuff" between the trailer and other "stuff" in the box of the truck.

I plan on driving with it for 22 hours breaking it down over 3 days, we have a little one and it would be to much to do in two days.

What transmission temperature range would or is acceptable for towing?

Is there a critical temperature that I should not let it go above?

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I wouldn't classify my TV/TT combination as the norm, and I'm sure different drivetrains may differ..... but...., my tranny temp when towing runs at approximately 180 - 190 degrees, but will rise a little on a long grade with high outside temps. I also found that if towing conditions allow me to tow in 'overdrive' my tranny temp will drop almost 10 degrees.

I get a little nervous if my tranny temp gets above 210 degrees for an extended period of time, and if the temp continues to climb I pull off for a cool down. This has only happened on two occasions during a long 5-7 mile grade towing in the mountains out west.

Also, since my TV is used for towing 90% of the time, I change my tranny fluid/filter every 30K miles.

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Some more good stuff on temps:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...smission+temps

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...smission+temps

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...smission+temps
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Jim, as you probably know excessive heat will toast any transmission. Does your Ram have an external transmission cooler? If so, you're probably OK. When I tow with my F-250, my transmission temp seems to be around 200 to 210 towing 9200 lbs. Hope this helps, Terry
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I'm no expert, in fact asked a similar question a while back. My experience when using our previous TV (1/2 ton) I would consistently see 100* above ambient temp, with a 170* min. Now with the 3/4 ton I have yet to see anything above 180*. If your transmission Fluid is mainatained properlly I wouldn't be worried till sustained >220* and would stop towing before hitting 230*
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I like below 190. At what ever temperature, the hotter it is, the worse off you are. Anything over 210 makes me nervous.

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Is there an aftermarket gauge that can be added to monitor transmission temps?
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ScanGuage II, is what I use on TV w/o trans temp on the dash. Uses OBDII port and can be moved from vehicle to vehicle. Also very useful if you throw a code that turns on the CEL. It can read & clear codes.
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I like below 190. At what ever temperature, the hotter it is, the worse off you are. Anything over 210 makes me nervous.

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I do too, but with our '04 1500 I found when towing in CA central valley summer temps of 102+ staying under 200 wasnt possible.
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Does your Ram have an external transmission cooler? If so, you're probably OK.
It has a cooler Terry, just not 100% sure of temps, etc. This will be the first vacation using it and I just want to make sure I got as much info as possible before the gas pedal gets pressed.
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[QUOTE=Rustic Eagle;118876]I wouldn't classify my TV/TT combination as the norm, and I'm sure different drivetrains may differ..... but...., my tranny temp when towing runs at approximately 180 - 190 degrees, but will rise a little on a long grade with high outside temps. I also found that if towing conditions allow me to tow in 'overdrive' my tranny temp will drop almost 10 degrees.

I get a little nervous if my tranny temp gets above 210 degrees for an extended period of time, and if the temp continues to climb I pull off for a cool down. This has only happened on two occasions during a long 5-7 mile grade towing in the mountains out west.

Also, since my TV is used for towing 90% of the time, I change my tranny fluid/filter every 30K miles.

Bob

When the tranny temps get above 220 change it as soon as you get home..... also if you still have a lot of driving to do pull the dipstick and check the level... if the fluid is black or has a burnt smell to it change it immediately.
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