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Old 07-24-2010, 07:01 PM
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I have a 2002 quad cab long bed 4X4 1500 with the 5.9 and a few months ago I towed a buddy's jeep from around Baltimore, Maryland to Rausch Creek offroad park in PA. It is about a 2 and a half hour drive with mainly hilly areas on 83. The ram seemed to perform well for the most part, although it was only towing around 6500 pounds, about 1800 under the recommended limit. I don't know if I would really want to push the tow weight rating to the max though because it didn't really struggle but it didn't seem to like it too much. I haven't towed much and maybe that is why I feel this way. Any insight from anyone who tows with a 5.9? Also, when I was just about to rausch there is a long, very hilly mountain road and the temperature gauge began to climb as I drove, however when I turned the O/D off it dropped down is this because the tranny was getting hot? If so, when should I use the O/D button to avoid this? Also my truck seems to burn oil when I tow. I was a quart low upon reaching Rausch and I could smell it burning when I got out. This has happened when I was hauling a bunch of wood before also. Any tips, comments, stories would be much appreciated!
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The oil use may be from a defective intake manifold belly pan gasket . Not uncommon on these type of intake manifolds . Yes when I flat tow as long as I'm not laboring the truck I'll use O/D . But when it comes to the hills , I find it better to disable it .
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I agree with what Tom ^^^^ said. Check that intake manifold belly pan gasket and for any other oil leaks you might have.

I use O/D when on a fairly flat surface but as soon as I hit some grades, I get out of it even though I know the engine will be running at a higher RPM. I'm more worried about overheating the trans by slipping it with a load in O/D
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Yep o/d off for the non flat stuff
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Thanks guys I'll have to check it out.
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O/D off whenever your towing anything, hills or not. By leaving it on, you can overheat the tranny and kill the pump, ending your trans' life.

I'd rather turn the overdrive off and pay for a little more fuel than risk the trans being messed up.

But...I had a Dodge tech tell me that these trannies are unbreakable, unless you leave the overdrive on while towing.
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I'd also look into a trans oil cooler for your truck.
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