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Transmission Temp?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by madskier1986, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. madskier1986

    madskier1986 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Okay, so i am new to plowing and itching to do a full run but need the snow to stick to the pavement. But have one question about transmission temps.

    I have been told and read numerous times to be careful not to get the trans temp to high. But what is consider running to hot?

    I notice that my truck runs about 90-120 degree with out plow and will jump to about 130ish with the plow on. But I have no idea yet of what might be the normal temp with the plow on.
  2. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    250 is HOT, anyhting higher and you're melting *****.
    if you're below 200 you're fine and dandy.
  3. madskier1986

    madskier1986 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I hope never to go over 200. But good to know at 250 I will start doing damage. Thank you for that info.
  4. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    You bet, ya pulling 15k pounds up hills I only see 200-230. You'll be fine.
  5. KTLawnCo

    KTLawnCo Member
    from VA
    Messages: 89

    Put an extra trans cooler on or a bigger one then what you already have. A buddy of mine swears by the ones that have external fans on them. Fairly cheap compared to a new tranny.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Keep it under 200
  7. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    I let up at 180 and run low range to keep it cool. Aux. coolers with their own fan are a great idea. You don't get enough air flow plowing. Hence things heat up.
  8. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    mine never goes over 155 i put a high capacity trans pan on with cooling tubes that helped
  9. xjsnake

    xjsnake Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 40

    This isn't for plow vehicles but the info is still useful.

  10. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    My truck runs around 170-180 plowing, unless the snow is especcially heavy or if I'm going ballz to the wall... then it gets up to 200* Any hotter than 215* I will take a break.
  11. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

    When I plowed with my '99 Expedition, the trans temp would rise if I driving around alot with it on. However, I would just angle the blade sharply and that would allow more air in to cool it right down. It had the towing package on it, so it did come with a tranny cooler. I don't recall ever have the temp rise when I was plowing though.

    I switched to an F350 for plowing in 2006; have never had the tranny go above the normal zone even when driving around.

    Key thing too is to always make sure that you come to a full stop before changing between reverse and drive when plowing. That's the nicest thing that you can do for your transmission (and wallet). I always cringe when I'm looking at a plowing video and I see the reverse lights come on when they're still rolling forward.
  12. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    im assuming your probe is in the pan so just realize if your temp is reading 200 your hot line out of the converter is probably 220-230.
  13. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I've always found my trucks to run cooler changing the trans fluid to a quality fluid and in some cases a larger cooler. I have a stock cooler on my truck now and last summer I had to move my plow about 25 miles in the middle of summer and the temp never changed.
  14. madskier1986

    madskier1986 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Thank you all for your insight on my questions. When mother nature decides to let it snow here in South East Michigan and i get to go play with the plow, I will have to let you know what my transmission temp ends up being.