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Jim
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10/04/2009
19:28:41

Subject: Towing with O.D. Off
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Used to two with the O.D. off...big mistake. Would lose about 10 mph on steep grades with my 3,000 lb boat. Just for kicks I decided to tow it with the O.D. on. Difference of night and day. Now the truck will hold the speed on those grades where I was losing 10 mph. It seems to make one more downshift that it doesn't make with towing in drive, that extra 300-400 rpm makes all the difference. If you have been towing in O.D. off try it and see how it works for you.



Josh
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10/04/2009
22:50:31

RE: Towing with O.D. Off
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I think you got that backwards.



Jim
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10/05/2009
10:31:37

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No, that's the point. The results are just the opposite of what you would think.



Forseti
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10/05/2009
20:18:11

RE: Towing with O.D. Off
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Answer me this Jim .... do you consider the transmission OD unit on when the light is on ?



Kowalski
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10/06/2009
08:12:21

RE: Towing with O.D. Off
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That question might be more relevant if we know what year you are talking about; and it would also help to know what transmission Jim is talking about. I'm surprised no one asked about that yet. I suspect he may talking about the 45RFE type transmission, but it would be good to clarify. While many of us tow with OD on with the 45RFE, I don't think it's advisalble with the earlier automatics. Some feel it's a bad idea with the later transmissions as well, but I've done it for years with no ill effects. For my '00 there is an overdrive symbol that clearly appears around the "D" for drive when in overdrive, not just a simple light that some might be confused about.

For anyone with a '99 or older, I don't think there's much doubt that Jim's advice could adversely affect your transmission.

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STS
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10/06/2009
10:30:38

RE: Towing with O.D. Off
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Just ignore kowalsi, he still can't prove his creditability in another thread. I guess a 12 year old brain just can't do it without ask mommy or daddy.



93/96Dak
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10/06/2009
17:16:47

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at least Kowalski has something usefull to say; not like that impostor posing as STS



Tyler
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10/06/2009
22:34:15

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I always turn mine off when accelerating or going up a hill. Sometimes when slowing down to use the back pressure as a brake.



Xenithar
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10/07/2009
11:14:04

RE: Towing with O.D. Off
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It seems that people have this backwards in their heads and it needs to be clarified. If you start your truck, the OD is ***ON***. When you first click your OD button it turns OFF. My friend was confused about this as well. I had him tow my 1952 Ford 8N down the road and before-hand he said he was going to "turn the OD on". I proceeded to watch him click the OD button and have it light up. When I told him that he just turned it off he was confused, so I pointed him to the light which lit up as "OFF". I then explained that turning it off meant more power at the cost of his highest gear. I believe that Jim is making this same mistake.



Jim
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10/08/2009
07:02:35

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Everyone is focusing on whether or not I know how to turn my O.D. on and off...I DO. My original post it correct. The truck pulls better going up steep grades with the O.D. ON!



Kowalski
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10/08/2009
08:19:03

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Not everyone Jim - why don't you say which transmission you are talking about ?

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STS
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10/08/2009
13:55:54

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No Jim, I am focused on how Kowalski spreads the wrong information and calls it fact. Maybe we should start calling him Kowalski Obama.



Jim
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10/08/2009
17:22:07

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Sorry. I have a 2000 Club Cabwith the 4.7 V8 with the 45RFE Auto.



STS
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10/11/2009
19:46:22

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Kowalski proved wrong and he runs like a scared little girl.



Kowalski
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10/12/2009
07:32:18

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?

"Kowalski proved wrong and he runs like a scared little girl."

Transmission was a 45RFE as I suspected. Not wrong or running; the above poster is the hit and run specialist...


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Howard
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10/12/2009
18:26:39

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I have read this thread from the beginning and it just seems that there has been very unreliable information from that guy named kowalski.



Kowalski
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10/13/2009
06:45:01

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I have read this thread from the beginning and there has been very unreliable information from that name changing coward posting as Howard.



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Todd
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10/13/2009
15:44:53

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Pack it up and go home, kowalski. You are an ill informed idiot that will never provide any useful information to the masses.

I believe STS or whoever it was in the prior post called it, when then called you on given false and misleading information. Pack you bags and go back to mama!



Tyler
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10/13/2009
21:55:25

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Hey numbnuts' yes that's plural. Quit raggin on kowalski. Atleast he's trying to help and not just be a d bag.

Now Jim. Your truck may pull better but you must realize that even with your OD on your truck will downshift anyway. Basicly the OD switch is for when you're accelerating so it doesnt shift into OD before you reach ruising speed. I personally turn mine off because my tranny is weak and I dont wanna drop it.



Todd
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10/14/2009
18:53:40

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What is wrong...did I hit a nerve? You must be kowalski's b!tch this week. Kowalski is nothing more than a village idiot.



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