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Old 03-06-2014, 08:06 PM   #81
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I am towing a 17B with a 98 4runner. The V6 produces horsepower and torque under 200. It has no apparent transmission cooler or transmission temp gauge.
It's normal to not have a transmission temperature gauge in a car or light truck. On the other hand, there normally is a cooler for the automatic transmission, but it can be hard to identify, because it is normally built into the radiator... the only evidence is a pair of small hoses connecting the transmission to the cold-side tank of the radiator.

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The owner's manual recommends towing uphill in Drive; cautions against doing it in 2nd or 1st. On steeper grades, to avoid continuous automatic shifting back and forth between 3rd and 2nd, I manually go to 2nd.
The frequent shifting is usually called "hunting", and manually selecting the lower of the two gears is the normal way to address this.

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This produces a steady climb at 40mph and mid-range RPM, with no apparent change in engine temp and never any warning lights.
Sounds very reasonable to me, assuming that 40 mph is adequate for traffic and road conditions.

Unfortunately, a hot transmission will not likely be seen as an increased engine temperature; however, it is at least likely that the transmission fluid is going through a cooler in the engine's radiator, and getting good cooling since the engine coolant is at the right temperature.

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My transmission fluid looks good. My question: is this possibly doing harm that is not otherwise apparent, and would I really be better off letting it continuously shift back and forth in Drive?
I can't believe that allowing excessive shifting would be a good idea. If it were mine, I would continue to use 2nd as required in this situation.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:06 PM   #82
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Now that I'm an old fart I don't really give a what people think.
I've heard RAV4 described as being for soccer moms.
Not sure where you would put the balls.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:10 PM   #83
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It says to tow in 4, not in Drive ( which I believe is overdrive ).
If the only thing higher on the selector than "4" is "D", then "D" is 5th... it really doesn't matter if it is an overdrive ratio or not. Modern transmissions can have one, two, or even three overdrive ratios.
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Whatever. I'm just following the instructions in the manual. Don't want to see the transmission warning light again.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:11 PM   #85
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I have driven 3/4 tons and 1 tons for years and used to sneer at the 1/2 tons so I can take any remarks that come my way. I just laugh when I don't have to back up twice to get in a parking space and have no problem getting in the garage.
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Paul, I may not make the spring NOG in April. My daughter is due with her first on April 25. Very rude of her isn't it?
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Can't think of a better reason to cancel a trip then to be there for your daughter - I know I did. + grand kids are cool! Ours is coming to spend the day tomorrow.
If you do end up canceling, try and coordinate with Donna D.... I think she knows of a few folks who are looking for a spot.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:19 AM   #87
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floorpanel, one of the guys who made fun of the Ridgeline also called my Casita a tow-able port-a-potty. He of course drove a 3/4 ton diesel towing a 32' 2 slide-out trailer. I get no respect!!
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Thats ok ...you get the last laugh, we all know that 32fter with slides is leaking somewhere
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I wonder how often he makes a trip like this:
"We’re going from Washington State, to San Francisco, up the coast to the Redwoods, inland to the Bend area, back out to the coast to the Tillamook area, up to Mt. Rainier, and over to Sequim."
with his big rig .
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I have had a 32ft Airstream and a 28ft stickbuilt and I wouldn't trade either one for a fiberglass trailer. I have never enjoyed working on a vehicle or a trailer.
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