over 70K, the rebuilder told me that if ever
towing ANYTHING-even an empty utility trailer-to only do while in D-NEVER,
EVER in OD!!! He said the OD was/is too weak to handle any towing, and that
in city traffic is wasn't a bad idea to run it that way either. ( I think
the manual states that too.)
I don't know if the newer trannys are any better, but after paying to
rebuild 3-yes, I said 3 units on the '91, I ain't taking any chances. Funny
thing was, the only towing that was done before the first failure was an
older, rather lightweight aluminum fishing boat-perhaps a dozen short trips
of less than 40 miles-and with a couple roundtrip of about 250 miles. And
most all towing was done in OD.
That first rebuild was done by what was a supposed to be a reputable
rebuilder in Douglasville GA (anybody want the name?) and it lasted a little
over a year and a half-about 20K . It never seemed right(never towed in OD
either) and when it finally went,(yes, it was returned 5-6 times) I picked
the nearly cheapest guy in town(I was living in WV by then) This guy was
near retirement age, so I figured he knew his stuff. As you can well
imagine, after opening 'er up, he started telling me how whoever had been in
there before had done a lousy job. Yeah whatever, his rebuild lasted just
over a year, about 14K(and by then I had moved back to GA again). I still
followed the same no-OD advice whenever towing or in traffic with it too.
Third rebuild was done after extensive research to find the absolute best
guy around and while it took a little longer(he wouldn't turn it loose until
it was right) I can now say it now shifts better than it did since new and I
drove it off the dealer's lot. It's been 15 months now and it still works
better than it ever did.
I would love it if the resident tranny techs here would care to enlighten me
about any of the above-yah, nay, whatever...and what's the best way to not
have to not see them again, or anything else that's related...?
These things are supposed to be trucks. Who knew they are so damned fragile!
Geez, my old '81 Ford was nearly indestructable compared to any of these
modern trucks. Course, it was a 300 c.i. in-line six, manual tranny with no
power anything. Not much there to break I guess. Did LOTS of towing with
it(a 20 footer fiberglass boat...!) and besides a clutch at 134K, it never
even so much as hicupped.
I reckon nothing is built like it wuz anymore...
Anyway, I'm supposed to pickup the Troybilt tommorow evening. It's about
350-400 pounds, plus whatever the 5X10 trailer weighs. I'll be in tow
mode-using CC, both there and back. I'll let ya's know if it acts up again.