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Old 10-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Transmission Temperature

Recently purchased a 2012 Ram 1500. It has a digital transmission temperature gauge and all works well. I watched the temps as I towed thru the Shenandoah mountains this weekend. What I don't know is what is considered hot for a transmission? At what temp should I get concerned?
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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Mine has never gone above 208* even on the hottest of days. I've heard 250* is on the high side.
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With a tranny cooler it seldom goes over 174. What are you looking at?
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With a tranny cooler it seldom goes over 174. What are you looking at?
I was very cool, around 149. I knew that was good just didn't know what is considered hot.
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I know its a foriegn concept to most of us guys, but if you read your owners manual it should have temp ranges. Think I'll go see if my owner's manual has that info.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:03 PM   #6
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I know its a foriegn concept to most of us guys, but if you read your owners manual it should have temp ranges. Think I'll go see if my owner's manual has that info.
Oddly enough I did look and haven't seen where they address it
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From what I have read on internet places,250 is the max for very short durations.Temps over 200 for long periods of time suggest that something is amiss in the cooling system.With new cooler in my truck I have not seen temps over 180.I would say 180 running down the road would be my idea of normal.
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I have never seen my temp go over 180 if i'm not towing I usally stay around 150 to 160 if i'm towing I usally stay between 160 to 180 give or take a few so I say no more 180 is normal
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I've read on one of the post here, you're tranny should be 30 deg cooler than your water temp. Mine runs 35 to 40 below.
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I've read on one of the post here, you're tranny should be 30 deg cooler than your water temp. Mine runs 35 to 40 below.
Thanks, I'll look at that. BTW when did you become a shellback. My first crossing was in 1973.
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Thanks, I'll look at that.
I'm attempting a hijack here; my unit has a temp gauge but I have no idea of normal either. Is there someplace where I could look that would have the definitive answer? A 454 with a four speed transmission and hauling 30m feet of MH around.
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Found something

Transmission is considered overheated when any of the following are exceeded

Sump 250F
Fluid to cooler 300F
Retarder out Fluid 330F

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Found something

Transmission is considered overheated when any of the following are exceeded

Sump 250F
Fluid to cooler 300F
Retarder out Fluid 330F

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Yup, you have to know what gauge is looking at.
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