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Old 11-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #29
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What is the name of that book?
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Old 11-23-2009, 01:52 PM   #30
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The book that is in the glove box when you purchase the new truck. The new Silverado automatic with the towing package has a switch on the gear shift that U push to turn on when towing. It lengthens the shift points and keeps it from shifting up and down so much except in hilly country where U shpould just lock it in 3rd.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:30 PM   #31
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Oh, that book.

The one that also tells you to use the tow mode when towing a trailer that is at least 70% of the tow vehicle weight.

The one that explains absolutely nothing about the 'Tow Mode" other than there's a switch at the end of the gear shift lever.

If you would like to know more about your transmission I can send you some documents.

I just thought I would offer.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:00 PM   #32
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Hey Texas...I just bought a 1996 Chevy Tahoe LS with the 5.7L V8 MFI engine. How do I find out what transmission I got?
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Old 11-23-2009, 10:53 PM   #33
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Look in the glove compartment. There should be a label with identifying codes for the factory configuration. If you find the code M30, then you have the 4L60E.

I am fairly confident that this is the transmission you have.

Let me know what you find.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:06 PM   #34
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Yes, M30, so I have the 4L60E automatic transmission. Have yet to tow with the Hoe, so have no info on how it will go.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:24 PM   #35
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You will have to be careful and look in the rear view mirror often to make sure that your Burro is still there.

You didn't say whether your Hoe has a tow package. Hitch with 2" receiver, transmission fluid cooler, larger alternator. If it has one of these it more than likely has them all.

If you have prakes on the Borro and you intend to install a brake controller, the cable necessary to plug it in is available from the brake controlled company. The dash under the steering wheel is pre-drilled to mount the controller.

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Old 11-24-2009, 06:12 PM   #36
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Well now, as a matter of fact, Hoe came with a class 3 hitch (the Black Bat towed with a class 2.) AND, a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller under the dash, and 7-pin connection thingo! The 7pin tested working but I have no idea how the brake controller works or is utilized since Ive never used one. Will have to hunt down an owners manual online I guess but no rush right now unless I get a bigger trailer.

Hoe just had a new radiator put in and the unit listed at $295 so it damn well better be the tow-happy version. My mechanic knows I tow.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:37 PM   #37
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Hi: All... I Tow, I tow, It's off I go to Tow. I too have the M30 4spd. Electronic Auto O.D.Trans. w/ 3.42 rear axle ratio and Tow/haul button. Max. trailer wt. allowed per Owners Manual is 5100lbs. for this S/B. truck, tranny, rear end. The truck came std. with a 7 lead wireing harness also. The previous owner added the tranny cooler. I even have the window std./optional equipment sticker.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #38
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Alf, you haven't said what size tires you are using, but I assume they are not 17" with the 3.42 rear axle.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:18 PM   #39
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IMHO, the AGE of the tow vehicle means VERY little,
Agree with Doug on this one.

Our Nissan mini van was 10 years old and had 300,000 klm's on it when we started to tow our 23' with it. The Nissan towed the trailer for a few years and was still running fine 6 years later (then had 465,000klm's) on it when it was hit by a careless women driver and written off.
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:32 PM   #40
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Looks like the most recent post in this thread was over 4 1/2 years ago. Maybe he found an answer already?
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Old 04-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #41
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Agree with Doug on this one.
I'm sure Doug will be thrilled to hear that six years after he posted.

"How old is too old?", indeed...
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Yes, a timeless topic worthy of a resurrection...
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