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Unread 08-25-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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What Gear or Should I Care?

My old 2003 JGC was a five speed with the Overdrive. When towing my boat I could press a button and lock out the Overdrive to save the tranny from shifting all the time, risking burnout.

I recently bought a 2015 JGC Limited with an 8 speed transmission - with paddle shifters for those so inclined. I am content to leave the Jeep on Automatic. But I am concerned about what I should do, if anything, when towing my 16 foot boat once a year to Minnesota. The trip is mostly Interstate. With the stuff we throw in the boat, I am probably pulling 2000 lbs. Don't want to jeopardize the tranny.

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Unread 08-25-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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2000 # lol.

I used to tow my > 2000# 16' Silverline SS with a Subaru Forester, a Subaru Baja (both with NA 2.5L 4 cyl motors) or with my Jeep Cherokee (XJ) with 4.0L and never once thought I needed to worry about the transmission (well, maybe with the Forester in the Poconos).

Anyway, with that light a load behind our V6 WK2 I'm not sure I would even know it was back there.

If you're not climbing the Rockies I don't think it matters and even then I'm not sure it would.
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Unread 08-25-2015, 05:57 PM   #3
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I would follow the owners manual:

"The DRIVE range can be selected when towing. The transmission controls include a drive strategy to avoid frequent shifting when towing. However, if frequent shifting does occur while in DRIVE, you can use the Paddle Shift switches to manually select a lower gear.

NOTE: Using a lower gear while operating the vehicle under heavy loading conditions, will improve performance and extend transmission life by reducing excessive shifting and heat buildup. This action will also provide better engine braking."
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Unread 08-25-2015, 06:53 PM   #4
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My old 2003 JGC was a five speed with the Overdrive. When towing my boat I could press a button and lock out the Overdrive to save the tranny from shifting all the time, risking burnout. I recently bought a 2015 JGC Limited with an 8 speed transmission - with paddle shifters for those so inclined. I am content to leave the Jeep on Automatic. But I am concerned about what I should do, if anything, when towing my 16 foot boat once a year to Minnesota. The trip is mostly Interstate. With the stuff we throw in the boat, I am probably pulling 2000 lbs. Don't want to jeopardize the tranny.
No worry.....D and go.

Pull my 1000 MC on a small trailer a couple 1000 mile trips per year..... V6 8 speed doesn't even know it's back there.
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Unread 08-27-2015, 09:33 AM   #5
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Here's the thing with towing/hauling anything: If the trans picks a gear and isn't hunting, leave it alone. When it starts hunting, lock in in the lower of the two. Done.
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Unread 08-27-2015, 01:50 PM   #6
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Use sport mode and it will use a lower gear at all times
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Unread 08-27-2015, 08:37 PM   #7
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you can also monitor the transmission temperature in the EVIC menu.... and select appropriate gear.
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