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Old 08-30-2013, 05:37 PM
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Question haul/tow button

I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Powertech v8 4.7L. We have been moving a lot of tree limbs lately, and not sure if I need to turn on the Haul Button when we have so many lbs in the bed. And how fast can we drive with all that weight in the bed? Thanks.
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It won't hurt to use it. You can tell if you need to use it if the tranny is hunting a lot, then you might want to use it.
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It does help to turn the tow/haul on when you have a bed full of stuff, its actually made for just that purpose. As long as you have your tree limbs secure you can operate safely at highway speeds.
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the key is, if your Ram is shifting up & down frequently, use the tow/haul mode

don't forget, your transmission may be an automatic, but you can help the engine by dropping a gear or two
whether you are using the normal mode or tow/haul
tow/haul holds the gear for longer periods of time & allows the engine torque to work better
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Thank You all, we were really wondering about that because it started to overheat a bit because with the extra weight it(BANDIT) really seems to idle high.
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Thank You all, we were really wondering about that because it started to overheat a bit because with the extra weight it(BANDIT) really seems to idle high.
The overheating could be a function of the heavy weight you are hauling and the tranny working hard ie. what GT Yankee is referring to when he suggests dropping down a gear or two. It could also be a problem with the cooling system, or both. IMHO I would have your cooling system evaluated first and if operating correctly or after having it serviced, then use tow/haul mode and dropping a gear or two.
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