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Trans question

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by advl66, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. advl66

    advl66 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    I recent got my trans rebuilt.The guy told me that while plowing to not use 4hi if the snow is over 2 in..He said it over heats the trans.I've never heard of that before.I asked him what was overheating temp.He said about 225.I never saw 200 while plowing all last year in 4 hi?
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I never use 4 low unless I need max pulling or pushing power
  3. advl66

    advl66 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    thats what i do to,im just asking to see if anyone has any word on this
  4. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    I never use 4lo unless I really need it. Always in 4 high while plowing. If you have a temp gauge just keep an I on it. I think pulling heavy loads in stop and go traffic while its 95 degrees would generate more heat.
  5. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I hardly ever put it in 4x4. My trans temps run 130-150 while plowing. I would look for a new trans guy.
  6. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Trans guy is full of shiet. I only touched 4LO last year to move some piles. Either 2HI or 4HI every other time. Don't know if you have a ScanGauge or not, but it is a cheap, easy way to monitor conditions.
  7. advl66

    advl66 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    ive got my autometer trans temp gauge.im going to upgrade to a 6.0l trans cooler for precauctions.last year i never noticed the temps getting near 200. prolly 185 highest
  8. veggin psd

    veggin psd Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    200 is getting dangerous. The 6.0 trans cooler will solve all of you heat problems and protect your trans for a good long time. If you purchase used, be sure to have the cooler flushed by a trans shop. Need to keep the torque converter from possible debris from another transmission that could be deposited in the cooler.,.....
  9. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    When we get that heavy, wet concrete snow in CT, I use 4 low alot. Keeps your tranny temps down. Your tranny guy may have good intentions, but 2" might be a little extreme to need 4 low unless its the wet stuff.
  10. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    agreed. i very rarely use 4 wheel drive, and never use 4 low.
  11. gtstang462002

    gtstang462002 Senior Member
    Messages: 182

    When I get home tomorrow afternoon I will check, I might have a brand new cooler for a 6.0 laying around that I will sell cheap.
  12. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I plow 4Hi 1st gear almost always. The key to keeping your trans from heating up is to keep it from shifting alot and slipping, I have had very few trans problems and just maintain them every spring
  13. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Well my transmission is on a guage and if it gets up over 180 degrees and I go ahead and shift down into 4 low after I have been plowing in 4H I can tell you that the temp drops right away back down to 160-170 . If I go back to 4H it goes right back up ............... I have the most problems in the Spring when its warm air temps and wet heavy snow ......... most of the guys up here that plow woods roads all day long; all plow in low range because they have lost tooooooooo many transmissions trying to plow in high range. Now they are usually plowing miles of road with a foot of snow in it so its not the same as a paved parking lot with 4" which of course you could plow in high range no problem......
    I guess every application has its own standards...........
  14. housesoccer

    housesoccer Junior Member
    from 46304
    Messages: 5

    well, of course some depends on your type of truck and the trans it has. I have a 2005 and a 2006 f350 both with a 6.0 diesel. My son had a device that check all temps. My trans when plowing is around 150 to 160. it actually gets higher when driving bettween lots at 185 to 205. I never plow in 4x4 if I can avoid it. I have a better turning radius without it. I carry lots of salt in the rear. I suppose that helps a lot. Perhaps, you need to add some wieght to the rear. If your temp gets hot, stop a while and increase rpm for a few min.
    You should probably get this guage that my son has. I will post the brand when I see him.
  15. advl66

    advl66 Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    i already have a trans temp guage. ive had it for years
  16. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121