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Old 04-20-2011, 09:58 AM
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Angry Towing issues and rear differential

We just bought a 2011 Ram 1500 crew cab sport with a max tow rated at 10,020 lbs.
We have a 6600lb (dry) trailer with tongue weght of 630lbs. We had no water in it and typical stuff in the bed...cooler, generator, some fire wood and luggage...maybe 200lbs. Driving up some good grades from Phoenix to Payson, we smelled a very strong smell of rear differential fluid. I know that smell as we previosly had a Aramada and blew out the RD towing a few years back. Bought the Ram as I thought it was capable. Anybody have an idea why this is hapenning again? Could it be to much tongue load? The Ram back end was riding real low..again a weight factor, but think it should handle it. Anybody else have this problem?
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you can buy a point and read hand held thermometer 30.00 bucks. when i tow having loads(6-9k) rear diff temp is 60 celcius front 40 celcius back brakes 60-70c front brakes 110c. u can buy after market diff cover that holds 2x the fluid and has cooling fins 200-300 bucks will definetly run cooler.dont know if urs runs hotter then mine but i have never smelt anything.im canadian so celcius is how i measured u will have to do conversion for comparison plus these temps were taken when abiant air was 10 celcius after 120km drive towing dual axle 8 thousand pounds.
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Thanks Charlieb...might check out a heat therm.
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