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Old 03-23-2011, 09:08 PM
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So my 96 1/2 ton with the 5.9 is feeling extremely sluggish when we tow our snowmobile trailer.

The trailer is about 1500 pounds plus another 2000 with the machines. It does fine on flatland, but that's not where the snow is. We took it up a.... 30% grade abouts.... It was like it was towing 7K! My brothers Dakota with the 5.2 towed the thing just as well.

So is my truck just retarded or do these trucks wus out? It made it up the hill, but my dad had to kick it into 1 gear and let it chug up the hill.

BTW we were going about 35-40 up the hill.

It does really well going down hill with the trailer brakes. hahaha

A few years ago we had it towing our gob of crap 02 Yukon up a 20% grade at about 40 and it had the same results.

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Do you have any error code or a check engine light on? Was it misfiring? could be a fuel pump, 02 sensor, vacuum leak, fuel injectors, spark plugs or gaps,etc... Have you ever done a tune up?
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Never have done a tune up in our ownership of the truck. Which is about 2 years and frankly i wouldn't be suprised if my grandpa just ran the thing without doing a thing. He never did tow anything when he owned it. What does a proper tune up consist of?

As for error codes, i just plugged it in a few days ago and everything came up clear.
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Go for the tune up, you can probably do it yourself if you can handle a wrench.
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Well. I know the basics, but it's the old man that knows the stuff. We'll have to do it this week/
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