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Old 07-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Surging transmission when climbing grade

I have a 2002 Daybreak on a w22 chassis and on my last trip while towing my 8' bike trailer I noticed some slight surging while going up grades. It almost seemed like it wanted to shift down but couldn't. If I gave it more gas I could get it to shift. I left it in the regular overdrive mode since it was all highway driving. Should I be shifting down for hills while towing or just use the normal drive and forget about the overdrive? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 07-10-2012, 04:55 AM   #2
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I had surging on hills and it was the fuel filter.
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Clutch fan kicking in and out trying to keep the engine cool?
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #4
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If it shifts in and out of overdrive often the manual says to shift out of overdrive. Surging can be caused by a number of things. Bad ignition wires are one thing to check.
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Thanks for the info. I never would have though ignition wires as it seems to be transmission related and only when the throttle is open going up a hill. The engine runs very well but the problem happens under load so it maybe wires?
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Thanks for the info. I never would have though ignition wires as it seems to be transmission related and only when the throttle is open going up a hill. The engine runs very well but the problem happens under load so it maybe wires?
I was faked out once thinking I had a transmission problem and it turned out to be a spark plug wire that had come off enough to cause a miss under load so I think it is a possibility. There have been a number of reports concerning burned spark plug wires on the 8.1L engine.
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