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Old 02-02-2014, 07:28 PM   #309
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Right. I considered that. Although now that I may have already achieved enough WD, I can probably use the jack.

Right now, there is no sag at all when hooked up.

Perhaps take a look at the thread I started on the "Hitches" Forum. It's new and near the top.

I'd be interested to know your opinion about the amount of WD needed.
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Old 02-02-2014, 08:07 PM   #310
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Right. I considered that. Although now that I may have already achieved enough WD, I can probably use the jack.

Right now, there is no sag at all when hooked up.

Perhaps take a look at the thread I started on the "Hitches" Forum. It's new and near the top.

I'd be interested to know your opinion about the amount of WD needed.
Sorry, I didn't know you had parallel posts in a different thread.

I now understand you have loaded the front end to 200# in excess of its unhitched weight -- rather than being able to restore only 200# to the front axle.
That's a huge difference and, IMO, you have transferred too much load already.

IMO, you should not make the front axle load greater than the unhitched value (FALR=100%). And, with that much, you would need to be cognizant of the potential for oversteer.

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I've been reading some of the posts saying how well your small TV pulls your trailers. I thought some might find this information on transmission fluid intresting. Some of the TV's being used may not be set up to keep the fluid at the proper temps. Just something to think about.
As a rule of thumb, every 20 degree increase in operating temperature above 175 degrees F. cuts the life of the fluid in half!

At 195 degrees F., for instance, fluid life is reduced to 50,000 miles. At 220 degrees, which is commonly encountered in many transmissions, the fluid is only good for about 25,000 miles. At 240 degrees F., the fluid won't go much over 10,000 miles. Add another 20 degrees, and life expectancy drops to 5,000 miles. Go to 295 or 300 degrees F., and 1,000 to 1,500 miles is about all you'll get before the transmission burns up.

If you think this is propaganda put forth by the suppliers of ATF to sell more fluid, think again. According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 90% of ALL transmission failures are caused by overheating. And most of these can be blamed on worn out fluid that should have been replaced.

On most vehicles, the automatic transmission fluid is cooled by a small heat exchanger inside the bottom or end tank of the radiator. Hot ATF from the transmission circulates through a short loop of pipe and is thus "cooled." Cooling is a relative term here, however, because the radiator itself may be running at anywhere from 180 to 220 degrees F.!

Tests have shown that the typical original equipment oil cooler is marginal at best. ATF that enters the radiator cooler at 300 degrees F. leaves at 240 to 270 degrees F., which is only a 10 to 20% drop in temperature, and is nowhere good enough for extended fluid life.
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Thanks Ron. Got it now.
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:14 AM   #313
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mstephens, you might refer to the linked "chart" from a post by Ron Gratz on another forum in one of my posts above. It's more than handy, in my experience, as it provides some cross checks when using a weigh scale. As a format it is easy for others to read once filled in with your numbers, and posted.
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anyone with a Volvo SUV that is towing with it...how did you hook up your brake controller?
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According to the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, 90% of ALL transmission failures are caused by overheating. And most of these can be blamed on worn out fluid that should have been replaced.
And yet none of the automakers feel the need to give us actual gauges to monitor the oil and tranny temperatures

I've been considering adding real temp gauges for both to our new Flex. Though we won't be towing anywhere near it's capacity, I'd like to keep the car as long as possible, and I think it would be a good idea to keep an eye on those temperatures.
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And yet none of the automakers feel the need to give us actual gauges to monitor the oil and tranny temperatures

I've been considering adding real temp gauges for both to our new Flex. Though we won't be towing anywhere near it's capacity, I'd like to keep the car as long as possible, and I think it would be a good idea to keep an eye on those temperatures.
Before you decide on gauges, look into the ScanGauge II (and its competitive products) that connect to the OBD-II port. I had to do some programming to the device to get to the register for transmission temp on my F150, but in general as long as the computer knows something, the ScanGauge can see it. I see my coolant temp and my transmission temp in degree rather than just the semi-placebo coolant temperature gauge on the dash that doesn't really move as long as you're in what the engineers decided was the "OK" range.
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And yet none of the automakers feel the need to give us actual gauges to monitor the oil and tranny temperatures

I've been considering adding real temp gauges for both to our new Flex. Though we won't be towing anywhere near it's capacity, I'd like to keep the car as long as possible, and I think it would be a good idea to keep an eye on those temperatures.
If you have an Android phone, there's a $5.00 app for that: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...owl.torquefree

it works with a $10 bluetooth connector that you can buy on ebay. I use it to measure hp (at the wheel) and various temperatures.

To my mind, more versatile, easier to use and far cheaper than the ScanGauge (which by itself is a great product, from what I've read).
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Thanks for the tips, I was looking into some of these apps, but hadn't determined if they would give me the outputs I want - specifically trans and oil temp on a Ford.
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Thanks for the tips, I was looking into some of these apps, but hadn't determined if they would give me the outputs I want - specifically trans and oil temp on a Ford.
In my experience, it doesn't so much depend on the app, it depends on what data the car maker makes available at the OBDII port.

The app, or reader, typically displays all that's available for grabs, but transmission temperature might not be a data set that's up for retrieval.
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On many modern vehicles the computer does monitor the transmission temperature. If the transmission gets too warm it will reduce engine power to allow it to cool. Some put a little gear shape warning light on some just do it blind.

My understanding is that synthetic transmission fluids are able to run at higher temperatures with out breaking down. Still on our tow vehicles we change the fluid every 50,000 miles, cheap insurance in my opinion.

I have also been told it is a good idea on newer transmissions to use the fluid that the transmission was built with. On older transmissions that were not designed with synthetic we have had no problems upgrading to synthetic fluid.

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took my Excursion into a dealer for appraisal. The Kelly Blue book was thrown out the door, of course and the offer was ridiculous. They had one on their lot already with a very high retail price so that made it even funnier.
I have it listed for sale locally so we will see if it generates any interest.
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took my Excursion into a dealer for appraisal. The Kelly Blue book was thrown out the door, of course and the offer was ridiculous. They had one on their lot already with a very high retail price so that made it even funnier.
I have it listed for sale locally so we will see if it generates any interest.
In the past, I have been able to easily and quickly sell clean used cars for NADA trade-in price, because people can get financing for that amount.
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