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? about Overdrive

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Frostysnow, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Frostysnow

    Frostysnow Senior Member
    from oh
    Messages: 145

    Really simple question, bt i couldn't find it in the search bar. Do you use overdrive when plowing, or does it not really matter?
  2. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    uh. you shouldnt be plowing fast enought to need it so just turn it off. most overdrives kick in at 45mph.
  3. JTW

    JTW Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    I turn it off
  4. killed300ex

    killed300ex Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    i wouldnt worry about it. Like was stated if your going fast enough to have it kick in your probably going to fast.
  5. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    In most cases, I keep the truck in low 1 so it deoesn't even shift.
  6. Grunt0311

    Grunt0311 Member
    Messages: 79

    The only thing I have heard about plowing in overdrive, is to NEVER do it. Turn it off. If you leave it on you are just asking for trouble.
  7. yooper.mi

    yooper.mi Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    When the plow is on the overdrive is turned off.
  8. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Why would it even matter? :confused:

    I'm lucky to get a 1-2 shift. Overdrive isn't even CLOSE to being activated, so turning it off is moot point.
  9. MBB

    MBB Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    FRom a local tranny shop guy, plow in first only, cuts the amount of slippage on the auto by 60%, He says plowing in drive allows too much slippage and that is what fries trannies. True ? I do not know but I follow his advice never burned one up.
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Depends on the transmission actually- some trannies do some effect with OD on even without the Od actually engaged.
  11. dirt digger

    dirt digger Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    now are you talking about plowing with OD or transporting with OD. Either way it should be off.
  12. Dirt_Werx

    Dirt_Werx Senior Member
    from MASS
    Messages: 129

    shut it off, plowing with it on will mess up the shift points and burn your trans up in a heart beat.
  13. Remsen1

    Remsen1 Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    HUH? I've plowed with mine on and off and haven't noticed any difference. I never get past 2nd gear anyway. So exactly how long is "a heart beat"?
  14. Fastcar

    Fastcar Member
    from MA
    Messages: 87

    The heat your transmission sees going forward is nothing compared to what it will tempclimb to in reverse.

  15. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Ah, but since there is nothing that can be done for reverse, useing a gear in forward that reduces slippage and heat is the best that can be done overall.

    ADD an aux tranny cooler and adding an extra capacity tranny pan makes a world of difference in temps too.

    Most trannies don't have any effect from OD until 2nd gear or 3rd gear. My Ram 's OD is noticible in 2nd.
  16. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Really? Whats it do?:confused: