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Old 10-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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A bit timid

Two years ago I was pulling a 5,000 lb tt from Ohio to North Carolina with my 1999 Dodge 2500. The transmission failed and I had it repaired by an Aamco dealer near my destination. As it turned out, the truck did not have a trailer towing package installed (I thought it did). The transmission shop added a transmission cooler and told me that should take care of any more issues with towing. Last year on the same trip my torque converter went out and fortunately was covered under warranty by Aamco. Since then I do not pull my tt very far and in fact have sold that tt and purchased a smaller one that weighs around 4,000 lbs. I also installed a transmission temp gauge as I was told it was heat that ruins most transmissions and now I can monitor it. I also believe that I may have caused the problem by not shifting the transmission out of Over Drive when pulling.

My questions are do you feel I have done enough to pull my new trailer with confidence at this point? Is it necessary to disengage OD when pulling my camper?

On the lighter side, when the State Highway Patrolman pulled up behind me when the transmission failed, he asked what the problem was. I told him I believe my transmission failed and he replied, "Oh well it is a Dodge"!


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Old 10-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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I only use over drive while towing a flat hiway any rolling hills and it's going in 3rd.


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Old 10-03-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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Not a problem to tow in OD unless the trans is constantly hunting between gears...that can build up heat and cause damage.


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Old 10-03-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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The trooper was right! My dad had two dodge trucks, and in the years we had them I had to pull the trannys out of both of them twice........... Guess what went wrong with the dodge truck I bought?
Dodge still has the weakest tranny of the big three. Guess thats why I got smart and bought a Ford. jdadoug.
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