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Towing with ECODIESEL

Well I finally got my Ecodiesel after waiting 18 weeks for the order. I have learned so much from this tech forum, thanks to you all. Also DOM I had the plate installed by the dealer, nice fit and glad it's on there. Now to the subject. When I was looking at the Diesel supplement it said when I tow for the first time, which will be with a 2500lb trailer, it says I have to go 50MPH for the first 500 miles. I never had to do that on my Expedition. At 50mph, people will run me over on the freeway as well as cops maybe pulling me over for obstruction. Do you know why this is required? Mike

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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

From the owners manual...

• Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles (805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle or other parts could be damaged.

• Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h) and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at the heavier loads.
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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

You are reading from the wrong owners manual. The break-in recommendations of the generic owner's manual do not apply to diesels. This is a quote from p. 7 of the 2014 Diesel Supplement, 7th edition. Note in particular the last bullet:

ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS

The diesel engine does not require a break-in period due to its construction. Normal operation is allowed, providing the following recommendations are followed:

Warm up the engine before placing it under load.

Do not operate the engine at idle for prolonged periods.

Use the appropriate transmission gear to prevent engine lugging.

Observe vehicle oil pressure and temperature indicators.

Check the coolant and oil levels frequently.

Vary throttle position at highway speeds when carrying or towing significant weight.


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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

The manual is for the gas v6 as it is not a heavy duty engine. I towed a 5k enclosed trailer in the first 800 miles I bought mine. Worked like a charm and I hardly even knew it was back there.
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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

MDBONES is correct. I just got my diesel supplement book. It says basically no towing during the first 500miles and then I can tow the next 500 miles but not over 50MPH. MD's data is a direct quote from the Diesel supplement. I guess for all their engines that must apply. It makes sense but the difference between 50mph and 65mph cruising really can't be that much stress on the engine. Oh well I will follow those instructions and piss everyone off on the freeway for the first 500mph. Has anyone had a tow vehicle with this type of restriction before? I had a 99 Expedition. No such caution. Mike
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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

Not sure where you're reading. The 2015 Diesel Supplement (3d ed.) has the same language on page 9 that I quoted from page 7 of the 2014 Diesel Supplement. Page 10 seems to suggest that the recommended practice is, in fact, to put a load on the engine sooner rather than later to get the engine up to peak efficiency:


NOTE: Light duty operation such as light trailer towing


or no load operation will extend the time before the


engine is at full efficiency. Reduced fuel economy and


power may be seen at this time.


Where are you reading what seems to be a contrary recommendation?


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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

http://www.jeep.com/download/pdf/man...sel-SU-3rd.pdf

Page 57 states:
Do not tow a trailer at all during the first 500 miles
(805 km) the new vehicle is driven. The engine, axle
or other parts could be damaged.
• Then, during the first 500 miles (805 km) that a
trailer is towed, do not drive over 50 mph (80 km/h)
and do not make starts at full throttle. This helps
the engine and other parts of the vehicle wear in at
the heavier loads.
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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

Jeb it is a caution box on the right side of page 57 in my supplement. I saw everything you said but additionally it had that box. Check out the whole section again if you have a chance. Mike
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Towing with ECODIESEL

Interesting. It would appear that Jeep is as competent in drafting owners manuals as it is in designing DEF systems. The dilemma is to choose between following a section unique to the diesel supplement about engine break-in and following a section that appears in all its manuals--diesel and gas--about towing. The caution box on p. 57 is an unusual recommendation for a diesel. I suspect it was a careless cut and paste from Jeep's generic manuals. But it is there.

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Re: Towing with ECODIESEL

I wouldn't call 2,500 lbs towing. Let the motor/trans warm up and then go for it. I normally tow a 996 on a steel trailer @ 75 mph. Works great.
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