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Old 03-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #21
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As far as towing in a lower gear and going slower, what the RAV4 manual says is don't. At least don't do it any longer than the time that they don't specify in the manual. They want you to use 4 and let the car figure it out.
And, don't tow in overdrive ( according to the manual ).
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:30 PM   #22
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I am not a Toyota tech, but conventional wisdom seems to contradict that statment a bit. By letting the transmission figure it out it will likely hunt between the two gears a fair bit causing the torque converter to unlock and lock a fair bit, this is what kills automatic transmissions plain and simple. It just seems more logical to manualy select a gear the engine can comfortably handle at a sensible speed in these extreme hill conditions, spin the engine bit faster and where it can make some power and all should be good. I am not talking at redline or any thing but spinning a modern engine a bit faster should do it no harm.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:42 PM   #23
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What can I say? It's in the book.
And, the one time I disregarded it, my transmission temp warning light came on. I will admit that I was pushing 90kph going up to the Coquihalla summit.
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The coquihalla is a extreme grade, 90 km /hr with out a trailer would be hard on a vehicle. I guess the point i was trying to make was that using a sensible speed with a lower gear ratio should be easier on things, I will give a example. I had a trans temp guage in both previous trucks, I found on a hill like the coquihalla that in second gear around 50-60 km/hr the engine would spin around 4000 rpm, making nice power and the trans temp would stay well within reason. I would rather take my time a bit on these big hills and keep everything happy
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I was showing off.
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Oh don't worry I have done that too , the first trip we made to Radium with our 3/4 ton with a 6 l , I went up every hill at or above the speed limit just because I could . But then I looked at the gas gauge and realized I might need to reign in my enthusiasm a bit
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