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Old 06-10-2014, 04:02 PM   #21
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I use it a lot on the highway with the setup I have now but could not use it too much with the Avalanche, the diesel VW just keeps going where as the gas Avalanche would keep change gears up and down and that's not good for a long transmission life.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #22
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I'm tired of hearing all buddies at work brag about their diesel towing massive weight with the cruise control..... lol! If I would've know, i probably would have went that route. Someday I'm sure.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:55 PM   #23
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When the TT is attached to my truck the T/H mode is on.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:19 PM   #24
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I just put my manual transmission in 6th and set the cruise at 62. No worries.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:31 PM   #25
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I leave the O/D on for most of my driving. If I'm in a hilly area or going up a long grade I turn it off if I notice the TV searching for a gear.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:01 PM   #26
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Tow/haul does not turn off my overdrive. It will go to O/D if the computer tells it to. It is often in 6th gear (O/D) on flat roads, especially if I have a tail wind. It does change my shift points, and gives me engine braking on hills. If your truck is older and just has the O/D off button, use it. Your transmission is not designed to tow in O/D if you have that button. It will shift way more often towing in O/D and this is what builds transmission heat. If you do not believe me, please read the owner's manual. It's pretty explicit. As to cruise, I use mine any time I am on the open road. I set it at 65 or lower depending on the situation. Cruise should never be used on wet roads.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:06 PM   #27
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I seldom use cruise with my half ton. Only long flat stretches.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:56 PM   #28
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Thread title says "cruise control", but text talks about "overdrive". I'll state both:
Cruise Control: I only use it if the road is dead flat, and slight uphills are not enough to unlock the torque convertor. If the convertor is unlocking, that equals less fuel economy, and more heat, so I'd simply use a steady foot. I can also watch my Scangage (% engine load)...once it gets to 99%, it's about to unlock the convertor and/or downshift. Not desired.

Overdrive: I leave it in overdrive, unless I'm in some serious hills, and the trans can't hold a specific gear. Biggest problem is that my 6-speed trans can't hold 5th. OD lockout button locks out both 5th and 6th, and 4th has the rpm too high for me on the expressway. So I'll let the trans do what it wants. Since I don't use cruise control in hilly areas, I can often avoid trans hunting. I also watch trans temp on the Scangage.
X2 all of the above for the same reasons.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:07 PM   #29
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I push my tow/haul button but honestly have no idea what it does/doesn't do.
On my tundra tow/haul holds you in each gear a little longer before shifting and provides some braking on down hill runs by holding lower gear. Allows you to use all gears for best mpg.

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snip ... If you do not believe me, please read the owner's manual. It's pretty explicit. ... snip

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My OM doesn't have any restrictions about using overdrive while towing. It explicitly says not to use the cruise control. It also says to downshift on steep hills and grades to minimize shifting and heat buildup. As long as the transmission is not hunting for gears there should be no problem with using overdrive.
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