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Jeep: 1999 v10 chassis RV trans overheating..towing

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1999 v10 chassis RV trans overheating. towing my jeep in 90 deg desert. I turned off motor & it appears that it has dropped to 230. it has not slipped entire trip or ever on me. 42k odometer. I thought dealer just did service last month (oil change, etc..)

can I turn motor on to check level and fill if needed? i have one quart of Mercon i can add. if temp drops, should I drive with overdrive off even though it is not going through gears?
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Ron :

Yes you can turn the engine and should to check the level.

Customer:

if it is a little low and I add a quart, will it actually help? should I be driving with overdrive off since I am towing my jeep (flat tow)?

Ron :

If you are pulling a load, yes you should drop it out of overdrive. It will help, if its not over a quart low it okay .

Customer:

would being a quart low and being in overdrive alone cause it to run so hot? gauge has now gone up 20 deg even though we are parked with motor off. gauge may be bad? if I did not have a gauge, what other symptoms might I be having?

Ron :

If it was actually overheating, it would most likely blow some fluid out, go ahead and add the quart and when climbing, drop it into regurlar drive. This should help.

Customer:

thanks.

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