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Old 09-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #11
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I have an older F150, and there is no tow/haul button....just an overdrive lockout. Some tow/haul modes may lockout OD as well as changing the shift points. You will have to refer to your owners manual to see if OD is locked out in tow/haul.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:41 PM   #12
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Let me get someone to clarify something for me.

What do you mean when you say you lock out overdrive?
In my 07 Dodge, if I press the tow/haul button once, it goes into tow/haul mode. Press it a second time and it locks out the O/D. Third press and it's back to normal.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #13
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my 08 silverado duramax/allison .. press tow haul once, engaged. press second time and its disengaged. i live in illinois and its all reletively flat, so cruise is on all the time towing interstates and usually off when on the 2 lanes. too many small towns/slower traffic.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #14
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Thanks, you all answered as I believed, but sometimes reading something here causes some self doubt.

Ecoboost with the 373 rarely drops more than one gear on modest climbs. More than that I turn cruise off. Nice thing on the new Ford transmission is the ability to lock out gears.

I would hate the thought of keeping my foot constantly on gas on those long drive days. Now I wonder how I went anywhere before cruize control. On my 1966 VW pop up I used a long handled window squeegee jammed under the dash to hold the gas pedal down. Worked well, usually.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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If I'm on the interstate and traffic is moderate to low, the cruise is on. I think it mostly depends on the truck and the weight you're hauling. My 2500 Duramax will pull 15k all day without down shifting, but my 2500 gasser would constantly hunt for gears, pulling half as much, and I would never use cruise.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:09 PM   #16
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In my 07 Dodge, if I press the tow/haul button once, it goes into tow/haul mode. Press it a second time and it locks out the O/D. Third press and it's back to normal.
My tow/haul is press once=engage, press again=disengage

So if it is engaged the OD is locked out?

Or do I need to study my manual?
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:13 PM   #17
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Check your manual. In tow/haul mine will go into O/D. It takes longer for it to get there then it does in normal mode.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:43 PM   #18
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On my 6 speed auto it is essentially the same.Tow/haul is set with button at end of shifter.Once set in(drive) gear selection is made thru up or down buttons on stick.In tow/haul mode,OD can be set for on or off.I always leave it off because eventually she (my Cummins)will shift into OD and out and in.But I can count on one hand that she (my Cummins)has downshifted into 5th to make a grade while in CC.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #19
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The Cummins I had, I never even had to put it in tow/haul unless I was pulling a very steep grade. Boy, I miss that truck to pull my trailer. But it was costing me too much to maintain only using it sparingly to pull my trailer.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:23 PM   #20
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I believe that anyone that is going to tell you from a manuf. Side, accepting liability and warranty limitations and most owners manuals. Cruise control is not to be used when rain, winding roads or any slippery conditions exist- as per the GM owners Manual. Hills it says will cause down/ upshifting so most prefer not to use in such conditions. No mention is made of use while towing- so no liability will be accepted by manuf. If there is deemed a problem because of use, but it will be up to the dealer service manager to make the call(explain to manuf. Reason for warranting).

I would recomend not using cc when towing as it can dramaticaly decrease reaction time which, when towing is a HUGE issue. Spend some time in a 18 wheeler and see how many idiots there are out there even on "open " roads.

Just my 2 cents on last part. First part out of GM owners manual and years in a dealership.
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