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Old 07-18-2005, 07:26 AM   #1
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I have read many times that you want the Torque Converter locked up when you are pulling up hill. I understand that this will cause the tranny temps to be lower...

Okay so the main question is, how do you know if the Torque Converter is locked? How doy ou lock it?
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Everyone,

I have read many times that you want the Torque Converter locked up when you are pulling up hill. I understand that this will cause the tranny temps to be lower...

Okay so the main question is, how do you know if the Torque Converter is locked? How doy ou lock it?
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:08 AM   #3
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If your truck has a tack, push on the go pedal and if you see an instant rise in RPM, (about 200 RPM) it is not locked.
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Okay, I have seen that happen and not happen. If you keep on pressing on the gas, then it will shift...

So how do I get it to or let it lock up?
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Unless you build a by-pass for an over ride, the computer takes care of the shifting and you are at its mercy for the most part. There are some places that you can purchase the by-pass kit but you can really screw up your tranny if you don't know exactly what you are doing with it. I would just let the tranny do its thing.
The best thing you can do for it is monitor the temperature and keep it under 200?. Also, Mobil 1 synthetic gives you about 100? F higher break down temp and that would help also. Use Mobil 1 only if your tranny indicates it uses Mercon or Dexron III.
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The best way I have found for the converter to lock is, before starting up a hill, shift down and ease the throtle to mantain current speed and hold and watch the tach, after a couple seconds should see it drop the '200' RPM and then you can step on the throtle and power up the hill without creating tons of heat.

Just because you have a auto trans, you still need to shift once and a while, but you always need to know what the trans is doing, watch/pay attention to what the vehical is doing while towing, you will learn in a hurry.

Hope this helps.
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I installed a LED light on my torque converter that lights up when locked,I also installed a switch and can lock and unlock the converter as desired.
For instructions on how to do it check out the Diesel stop web page.
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