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Old 06-25-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Using the override off function when towing.

Just got a deal on an '01 Ram 2500 with 79K miles. That's right 79K original miles. My question is do I use the override off switch while towing or is it really necessary?
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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If you mean the (tow haul mode). Most use it. Myself included.
The manufacture put it there for a reason. So I figure they know more about it then I do.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:38 PM   #3
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on thee 01 ram there is only a lock out button for the torque converter I would not use it on min unless the trans started seeking a different gear a lot. No harm if you lock it out while towing.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:47 PM   #4
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The only time I use the tow/haul function is when I am in a situation where the transmission is downshifting a lot. in city traffic or climbing a hill from a flat stop. Otherwise I run in overdrive and use the cruise control when on an open road. My truck has a little over 141,000 miles on it and so far I haven't had any problems with this way of driving.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:50 PM   #5
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Evidently that function must be different then what is called---tow haul mode?
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:52 PM   #6
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I use the Tow Mode, and keep the shifter in 4th, to prevent Overdrive. I figure the little extra it costs me in gas gives me better control, and lowers the likelihood of transmission failure. Yes, I've tried it in OD, and it works, but I don't think it's worth the risk.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #7
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I'll use mine in hilly areas because the transmission will downshift going downhill quicker in tow mode. I'll also use mine if I'm in town with a lot of stop lights or when I enter an Interstate highway so the truck won't shift up as soon. Other than that, I let mine cruise around in 6th gear.

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Old 06-25-2015, 09:20 PM   #8
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Tow haul does not prevent OD from kicking in. It optimizes the shift points for the load being hauled. Only time I might turn it off is if traveling slow thru town for example and engine stays in a lower gear. Nice feature with some trucks is engine braking when in tow haul mode.

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Old 06-26-2015, 05:06 AM   #9
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A friend of ours decided not to use tow mode when he had a truck and trailer and the transmission went on his truck. Not sure if that caused the problem, but it could have.

We always use it when towing.

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Old 06-27-2015, 04:55 AM   #10
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I have the 00 Ram with factory tow package. My owners manual states to tow only in the OD off mode. DO NOT tow in overdrive. I figured if that's what the manual states that's what I will do. Tow at 60 mph been towing with it off since I got it like instructed, engine and tranny doing just fine
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