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Old 07-24-2014, 12:17 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle (what gear?)

Recently purchased a 2006 Nissan pathfinder SE 4x4. I will be towing a 17ft roo hybrid. Does anyone know what gear I should tow in when going up step incline? Thanks

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Old 07-24-2014, 02:13 AM   #2
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What ever gear you are comfortable with. Most modern automatics have a "grade logic" program to downshift and hold that gear instead of hunting back and forth. I usually just leave mine in drive and let the computer figure it out.

Downhill is another story. I'll use forth or third to keep the speed down.


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Old 07-24-2014, 11:43 AM   #4
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its funny. After 20 years of automatic overdrive transmissions being commonplace, I still have friends that are convinced that towing in overdrive will kill your trans (it wont) and one friend that will not engage overdrive unless he is on an high-speed highway, for fear of city driving killing his overdrive.

I just want to smack the hell out of them.

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its funny. After 20 years of automatic overdrive transmissions being commonplace, I still have friends that are convinced that towing in overdrive will kill your trans (it wont) and one friend that will not engage overdrive unless he is on an high-speed highway, for fear of city driving killing his overdrive.

I just want to smack the hell out of them.

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Interesting how Ram pickups ( probably the other makes also) have a "tow/haul" button on the dash. This button, according to the owner's manual, is to be engaged when towing a trailer or hauling a load. Engaging the "tow/haul" button locks out the high overdrive gear to stop the transmission from overheating. Just sayin!!!!!
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Interesting how Ram pickups ( probably the other makes also) have a "tow/haul" button on the dash. This button, according to the owner's manual, is to be engaged when towing a trailer or hauling a load. Engaging the "tow/haul" button locks out the high overdrive gear to stop the transmission from overheating. Just sayin!!!!!
The point Cowracer is making is even though you place your shift lever in Drive and while towing if the TV comes against a hard pull the tranny will 'automatically' shift out of overdrive and go to whatever gear is best to protect the tranny and not lug the engine. Also the tow/haul button holds the tranny in one gear longer when excellerating and down shifts sooner to better handle a load.

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Interesting how Ram pickups ( probably the other makes also) have a "tow/haul" button on the dash. This button, according to the owner's manual, is to be engaged when towing a trailer or hauling a load. Engaging the "tow/haul" button locks out the high overdrive gear to stop the transmission from overheating. Just sayin!!!!!
Well, with a Dodge, I can understand that. They say there is only two types of Dodge owners. Those that have had transmission problems, and those that are going to have transmission problems.

Ford is hardly any better. the E4OD has a rep for failure, that's why I spent $5500 for a full-on, sled-pulling style trans when I had mine go out.

Now the GM 4L80e was a trans you could set your watch by. Dependable as an anvil (and built like one too!)

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Here's the thing about overdrive. It is not some additional magical component. Its just a gear with a (numerically) less than 1:1 drive ratio.

Before OD, most transmissions (auto and manual) were direct drive in top gear. (1:1) that means each revolution of the input shaft turned the output shaft one revolution. The old TH350 trans from GM had gear ratios of 2.52:1 in first, 1.52:1 in second and 1:1 in third (or Drive). The 700r4 overdrive trans had ratios of 3.10:1 in first, 1.62:1 in second, 1:1 in third and 0.70 in fourth (or Drive). If you follow me, now you can see in a 700r4 trans in top gear, each revolution of the output shaft takes less than 3/4 of a turn of the input shaft, thus reducing you engine speed accordingly.

Nothing magical happening there at all. just an extra gear with a taller ratio. As long as your input shaft (and the engine its connected to) is spinning around 1000 rpm or better, you are getting all the flow you need out of the ATF pump in the front of the trans.

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Recently purchased a 2006 Nissan pathfinder SE 4x4. I will be towing a 17ft roo hybrid. Does anyone know what gear I should tow in when going up step incline? Thanks

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I have a 2010 xterra se 4.0l towing a 2014 roo 21dk. 7.4 mpg stinks but I'm living with that. Always have od off. WV mountains is 3rd mostly on the up and 4th down while maintaining 70 mph. Rarely need the brakes down most of the higway mountains due to the 8 tires on the ground and the wind resistance. It's in auto for most of the time unless it starts to annoy me when it can't find a happy gear.
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I am certainly no expert, but I did have a 1996 Chevrolet truck that I bought new. Owners manual and the dealer said not to tow my boat with overdrive on. I did and sure enough the transmission had a problem.
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