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Old 08-04-2016, 09:38 AM   #1
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Tow Button on Transmission - On or Off

I have a 2017 Forester built on a 2016 Ford E450 with a V10 and I pull a dolly with a 2014 Ford Escape loaded on it.

The guy at the dealership said no need to put the tow button in the ON possession unless I am headed to the mountains.

I decided to have it in the ON position whenever I tow my car ... is this the right decision?
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:45 AM   #2
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That's what I do. I'm towing, it's in tow mode.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:58 AM   #3
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If I am towing the Tow Haul is engaged.
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If I am towing the Tow Haul is engaged.
Yep.
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For me, it depends on the driving that I'm doing. On the interstate in hilly or flat terrain, I tend to leave it off. I don't like it when I tap my brakes going downhill and the trans downshifts to 4k+ rpms, when I really don't need to trans brake. If I'm in the mountains, I generally always have it on, towing or not.
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I don't use tow/haul unless I am traffic or on a grade and need the braking assistance. I don't notice any difference in power either empty or towing my Corolla. Tow mode in my opinion makes the shifting points too high for normal driving.
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Tow is for towing.
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I have a 2017 Forester built on a 2016 Ford E450 with a V10 and I pull a dolly with a 2014 Ford Escape loaded on it.

The guy at the dealership said no need to put the tow button in the ON possession unless I am headed to the mountains.

I decided to have it in the ON position whenever I tow my car ... is this the right decision?
I've learned to never listen to "guys at the dealership "
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For me, it depends on the driving that I'm doing. On the interstate in hilly or flat terrain, I tend to leave it off. I don't like it when I tap my brakes going downhill and the trans downshifts to 4k+ rpms, when I really don't need to trans brake. If I'm in the mountains, I generally always have it on, towing or not.
Exactly! Pull in a lot of steep grade mountainous areas and once I'm down to third gear I disengage the T/Haul because I don't want another down shift that I'm not controlling. Otherwise I tend to use it when I'm towing.
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