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Old 08-28-2014, 04:47 AM   #1
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Trans Temps

Anyone tow a travel trailer with a newer Ford F-250 equipped with the transmission temperature display? Please let me know what you are towing and what your temperature ranges are.


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Old 08-28-2014, 06:01 AM   #2
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Yes, I would also like to know what the normal temperature is for the RAM 6-speed auto trans, and at what temperature I should be concerned?

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Contact the dealer or manufacturer to get the normal and max temps. Get the facts not personal opinions.
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I know that this is a different truck but maybe someone else is curious about tranny Temps on my setup. 2014 F150 Screw cab tow package, 3.55 gears, ecoboost towing a Viewfinder 27rbss, Max gross weight of 7600lbs. I normally see around 200 and the highest I've seen is around 206. The tranny cooler does a nice job of keeping a constant temp. Not pulling it's keeps around the mid to high 190's.
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I have a 2013 F 250 diesel. Unloaded, trans temp is right at 200. Towing my 9K pound travel trailer, the highest I've seen is maybe 205 going up a long 6% grade. So basically it doesn't fluctuate much at all.

Oil temps can get to 240 on those same long inclines.
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Yes, I would also like to know what the normal temperature is for the RAM 6-speed auto trans, and at what temperature I should be concerned?
I have a 2014 ram 2500 with the Hemi and 6 speed. I see my trans temps around 168 while towing.
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Contact the dealer or manufacturer to get the normal and max temps. Get the facts not personal opinions.
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That being said there will be variations, ambient air temp , vehicle equipment and load, traffic conditions.
BUT: On a vehicle equipped with , a trans oil to water, and oil to air , as most vehicles set up for towing are, trans fluid temps should mirror engine coolant temps or be slightly below; any time that the trans temp climbs significantly above coolant temps is an indication of problems. Either with the trans , the coolers or the engine cooling clutch fan.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:38 AM   #8
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I did contact them and some local transmission repair places. I have been told anything from 220 to as high as 270, which seems way too high. I have a 2013 Ford F-150 with a Ecoboost crew cab, 4x4. I am towing a 2014 Dutchman 282 RBS with a dry weight of 6727 lbs. Driving through the mountains of Tennessee and West Virginia it stayed at 205 except on steep climes, where the temp would average around 210 but on one climb it got as high as 230. I know I need a bigger truck and will move up to a ton in 2016. Just wanted to know what the F-250’s ran at with various loads.
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With newer transmission fluids they can run much hotter. 220 is the old school recomdation. On my 2006 colorado with a 4 speed the computer will put the truck into limp mode at 270*f. With a big tranny cooler on my truck I normally get to a max of 190*f and that was climbing a 14 percent grade with a/c and tralier loaded for a month long road trip. Normal driving I am at about 140*f.

But as stated there are lots of things that can change tranny temps. As long as you are at or under 220 I don't see any harm. The only thing I do is every spring I change the filter and add new tranny fluid never a tranny flush. And so far everthing is looking good.
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Normal operating temps on a Ford torqshift6 (6R140) is 196-216F. In fact you cannot check and adjust the fluid level unless it is in that range or else it will likely be over filled. 270F is close to over heat protection mode. You may find the temps in the 220F range towing in heavy stop and go traffic or even pulling a hill if the torque converter unlocks.
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