Originally Posted by tmhudg
I tend to leave it on while towing. Yes, it sometimes doesn't do what I want. Sometimes when I want to just coast, it will take this as me wanting to slow down and it will downshift for me. If that happens, I'll just switch it off temporarily.
I know a lot of people are thinking that the downshifting is only helpful in the mountains but I was thinking I'd like to have that extra help in stopping if I have to do a panic stop - but I'm not really clear on this.
On a flat road, if I have to brake hard, will the tranny downshifting because it's in Tow mode help me stop quicker? I don't know if the help from the downshift is overwhelmed by the much larger braking force from the brakes or if "every little bit helps" in this situation.
Anyone have any insight into this?
Yes, just try a controlled quick stop,and you will notice a considerable diffenence
With it on versus off. I have an F250 and use mine anytime I'm towing just for that purpose, especially in town traffic. I have not seen any difference in fuel economy and on flat roads cruise along in 6th gear until I come to an overpass and will maintain 6th most of the time.
I read my manual and it said you don't need to use it unless in hills or mtns. I did not see any warning that said I would damage the truck or the tranny of I did engage it.