> Thankds for the info, and reality check. I really appreciate
> taking the time to fill me in.
> >> One guy posted here recently that the transmissons in
> Caravans aren't all
> >> that great, and if you tow with one, don't use overdrive,
> which mine has.
> > The problem with overdrive is that, on hills, the engine
> will be
> > downshifting into 3rd, then back to 4th. It's doing this
> because you're
> > using too much throttle (in it's estimation) to maintain
> your speed in
> > 4th. This hunting back and forth is what's bad for the
> transmission. I-95
> > is pretty flat, so I wouldn't worry about pulling with
> overdrive on
> > (especially with only 1,000lbs. Ever have the van full of
> people and
> > cargo, and run in overdrive? Same deal...). If you notice
> > transmission downshifting into 3rd, then back to OD, then
> lock out OD
> > until you're back on flat ground.
> >> heaverier load from pulling the trailer, the engine oil
> would get hotter
> >> than normal.
> > No - but the constant shifting, combined with the torque
> > unlocking, will raise the temperature of the transmission.
> That's why you
> > want to lock out OD if that starts happening.
> >> am I just being paranoid?
> > You're being prudent, but there's a bit of paranoia starting
> to creep in.
> > Just hook it up, drive it, and be mindful of the
> transmission. You'll be
> > fine.
if your really worried about it just change the tranny fluid when your
done. but 1000lbs might as well be 4 big guys in your van.
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