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Old 04-21-2010, 09:23 AM
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Ok, I know there are not suppose to be any stupid questions, but here's one for you to laugh about:

When do you use this button? I know on other trucks that I have owned, I have found the same button, but it is to turn off you overdrive.

This button seems to do the same, but I don't think that you want to use it if you are towing over, say 40 mph.

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As I see you own a soot burner, Lol, I believe the "button" changes the shift points (RPMS). I own a Hemi and with the Button active, it still uses OD when it can. Hope that helps a little!
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You have two selections, Tow/Haul & OD Off, if you push the button once, then once again.

Tow/Haul mode is generally used for towing in hilly areas. The OD off is generally used around town, hauling or empty, to keep from lugging the engine when on surface streets.

If you are towing over flat ground, leave it in full OD. That will get you the best mileage.

There's a section in the Owner's Manual that explains the operation of the transmission with respects to these two settings.
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And if you get a 6.7L diesel it also uses the jake brake more agressively to help keep your load under control when descending instead of wearing out your brakes.
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In the case of the cummins, it holds the gears longer, should downshift sooner under load, and it disables the O/D gears. I use mine when I'm hauling through hills/mountains to keep the RPMs up and to downshift on the downhill sections.
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I have a 2010 Ram 2500 diesel. When I asked the same question, I was told that it was to be used when you are towing or hauling in hilly areas. it reduces the gear selection from 6 to 3 so that the truck is not constantly "hunting" for the right gear. On my first pull, I took my 5th wheel from Houston to the Texas Hill Country and could tell the difference when I engaged it...John
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I have a 2010 Ram 2500 diesel. When I asked the same question, I was told that it was to be used when you are towing or hauling in hilly areas. it reduces the gear selection from 6 to 3 so that the truck is not constantly "hunting" for the right gear. On my first pull, I took my 5th wheel from Houston to the Texas Hill Country and could tell the difference when I engaged it...John
I don't know about reducing the gear selection from 6 to 3 it seems like when I use my 08 it uses more than three gears in tow/haul mode
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