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TOW HAUL Question

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Omran, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Omran

    Omran Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 265

    Do you guys use the Tow haul Overdrive option on your F superduties when driving to the site with a plow? and another Question, do you guys use 4x4 as recomended by ford when plowing or do you have any recomendation to have a long life of your tranny.

    I am new to operating plow on my truck I have been doing plowing for years with skidsteer and I found a very nice Western Plow for real fair price and got it, so now I would like to get the pro advise on how to operate my 06 F350 Diesel the pro way, I have all the time when I work and I am never in a rush.

    I appreciate now all your time.
  2. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    i never use that button when driving with the plow on and have never had and issue.
    As far as 4x4 i only use it when needed, most of the time i use 2wd. Just make sure to come to a complete stop before shifting, and i try to make as long of a run as i can versus foward,reverse,foward,reverse. Not sure if that helps a ton but i havent had a trans problem in all of my years plowing.
  3. bobcat310

    bobcat310 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I had the same question to about the tow haul most friend people at ford say leave it off just put it in 3 or 2
  4. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    You said the biggest part "I I have all the time when I work and I am never in a rush." Just like sho and go said make sure you are all the way stopped before you shift. Don't try to push more than you can.

    Not that it is right but usually anything over 2-3 inches I always use 4x4. I am not sure if putting it in 3 or 2 would help you probably don't need to lock fourht gear I doubt you will be plowing that fast. I don't plow with the tow haul mode on, but when I pull something I always use it.
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Dont do that. If you leave it in 2nd or 3rd it will always be in 2nd or 3rd and you'll blow the tranny. I use tow/haul mode when the plows on, thats just me. I also have a dump be insert and a v box in the bed so in my opinion, I'm always hauling something.
  6. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,069

    No! Just put it in drive and 4hi if you need it and go. If you need 4 lo then use that.
  7. KBTConst

    KBTConst Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    The only time I use tow/haul is when I'm pulling equipment or pushing heavy wet snow other than that it's in drive.
  8. Omran

    Omran Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 265

    Thank you Guys so very much, that really helped me, and now I can go do my thing with good information in mind, I like to ask, because it is always better safe than sorry, and your help will save me alot of $$$$.
    Thanks again.
  9. Harford13

    Harford13 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Only Time I need tow/haul is when I have the old lady in the truck
  10. collins590

    collins590 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Never start out plowing with your truck locked in second gear, you will be replacing your tranny in no time.
  11. JCark

    JCark Member
    Messages: 87

    I use the tow haul mode when there's snow on the roads or if its a bit slippery because when you go to stop it slows you down quicker without locking up your brakes and you don't slide (because you stay out of overdrive)... Of course careful driving will prevent this too I just like to take every precaution necessary.
  12. F-250 SD

    F-250 SD Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    JClark, I dont know about many but I rarely find that I am going that fast in ther snow with the plow on to be using the overdrive gear
  13. JCark

    JCark Member
    Messages: 87

    Well in my truck With tow haul mode on it will shift into a lower gear when you press the brakes so your engine helps brake you when your coming to a stop. That's what I meant, sorry for the confusion.
  14. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,537

    yes, tow/haul will downshift sooner allowing you to use less brakes. i use it when im going dowhill and have the plow on, saves on the brakes.

    in parking lots i just use regular drive. you'll start out in first gear anyways and depending on how long the run is you'll only most likely make it into 2nd gear. i have to use 4x4 90% of the time b/c with the plow+diesel+crew cab long bed i have little weight on the rear tires even with 700-1000 lbs of ballast.
  15. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    all the tow haul dose it keeps it out of overdrive so unless your plowing at 55 its kinda pointless isent it?
  16. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    tow haul changes shift points and will downshift earlier and use the engine to brake for you. O/D off is a completely different animal...
  17. nonsense

    nonsense Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    on the 03-07 Torqshift trans. the Tow/Haul Mode will not lock overdrive out.
  18. Omran

    Omran Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 265

    I think I confused some of you, ofcourse I will not use the tow haul while I am plowing, I ment only when I am driving to the job site. and for my other ? I really thank all of you.
  19. JCark

    JCark Member
    Messages: 87

    Its probably not necessary but it does help when you drive in slippery conditions because it keeps you in a lower gear and more torque is at the wheels when you turn. When you stop it gears down sooner to slow you without locking your tires. if you don't lock your tires you wont slide so easily.