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Old 08-06-2011, 10:07 PM   #11
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ScanGuage II, everything an information junkie needs and more. I love my ScanGuage. I set my guages to rpm, load, temp, and instant mpg while towing.

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Old 08-06-2011, 10:28 PM   #12
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Thanks to all who replied, next Sunday I will be going from Philadelphia to Danville Pa (Knoebles amusement park) and will be traveling on the PA turnpike and route 80. I will let you all know if I have a transmission meltdown!
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Old 08-07-2011, 07:25 AM   #13
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i've been told the heat is built when the transmission keeps going in and out of overdrive.
the factory transmission temp gauge on my truck has always been happy so i doubt that i see changes of a few degrees. those that have more precise instruments can be more of a help as to when it may occur.
i do the same goomph and take it out of overdrive when in hills or at a magic speed that minor changes causes it to go in and out of overdrive.
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I know this is not the same thing but . . .
my Ford Escape owner's manual said to turn the overdrive off when pulling a trailer. So when I was pulling my little sheep wagon, full of sheepies, I would take the overdrive off.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #15
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Bill,
To answer your question about rpm's. My mileage does go down 1 mpg in 3rd. vs leaveing it alone in o.d. If Your going to up to knoebels you will want to lock it out of od, those hills really beat up the truck. Have fun.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:22 AM   #16
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How hot is too hot?? What is the maximum allowable transmission oil temperature?

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Old 08-07-2011, 11:35 AM   #17
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You need to know what your normal temp is. They are all different. I'm less than 10 degrees warmer than normal when towing.
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You need to know what your normal temp is. They are all different. I'm less than 10 degrees warmer than normal when towing.
Thanks Acadianbob. I'd been looking in my 2011 Chevy owners manual for some discreet number, but wasn't able to find one. Guess I'll just see what the "normal" temperature is during an unloaded run down the freeway and take it from there.

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EDIT: Finally found the normal operating temperature for my truck, which is from 160 to 200 degrees F.

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Bill,
To answer your question about rpm's. My mileage does go down 1 mpg in 3rd. vs leaveing it alone in o.d. If Your going to up to knoebels you will want to lock it out of od, those hills really beat up the truck. Have fun.
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Dave,
You are right, there are some nice hills up there. Will not be in OD.
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When the transmission is in OD, with no shifting going on, (tranny discs slip when changing gears which creates the heat) there is no heat generated in the convertor or tranny itself. It is when the engine is getting overloaded and begins to heat, it will transfer its heat to the tranny cooler, heating the tranny oil rather than cooling it.
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