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Juan Crespo
Juan Crespo, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Dodge
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Experience:  A.S.E. Master Technician, Advanced Level, Emissions - Asian, Domestic, & European
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We just started driving with a heavy load and steep grade.

Customer Question

We just started driving with a heavy load and steep grade. The od light came on by itself turning od off
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: Headlights on yes battery charges
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 99 dodge ram 1500
JA: What year is your Ram 1500?
Customer: 99
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Pulled over..it just recently shut off
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Juan Crespo replied 8 months ago.

Hi there.

The vehicle is not supposed to be driven with the OD engaged when a heavy load is being carried or towed - as indicated on the Owner's Manual.

If you were driving with the OD on, what probably happened is that the onboard computer noticed what was happening and shut it off for you so nothing would overheat and fail. Shifting the tranny to a lower gear should take care of the issue until the weight is off.