Towing with your Automatic
Towing a trailer or boat can place severe loads on a transmission and shorten it's life. Follow the guidelines below to help your transmission survive towing. (Please consult your owners manual for specific requirements.)
What to do when . . .
Use lock low "L"
When you're on the boat ramp or pulling a load up a steep incline, manually shift your transmission into the "L" position. Shift the lever manually up into drive as you begin moving.
Avoid using overdrive
Cancel the OD. If you don't have an OD cancel button then manually shift the transmission into "3" to stop it shifting into overdrive.
Keep it cool
Overheating is the single biggest cause of transmission failure. Cooler units are easily fitted and help keep the temperature under control when towing.
If you have a "Normal / Power" switch then move this to the power option.
Top Tips for your Automatic
Top Tips for your Manual
Common Automatic Problems
Correctly maintained, your automatic should give many trouble free miles. When problems do occur the most essential thing is to get professional help as soon as you can to avoid a minor ailment becoming a major one.
The 'Trans Light' or 'A/T' light is flashing
This indicates that your transmission computer has sensed a problem. A transmission specialist can diagnose this.
I have only one gear
This is called a failsafe condition or limp home mode. It allows you to make it to your nearest garage or Transmission Specialist for help.
The engine is revving during gear changes
This is slipping of the clutches. Seek help as soon as you notice this problem.
The vehicle does not move when in "D" or "R"
Your vehicle will have to be transported to a workshop if it has lost drive.
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