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Tow My tow light does not come on and also the transmission does not shift in lower gear

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I have a 2009 GMC Acadia. What should the ERS mode be in on a normal basis?


Driver Shift Control (DSC) or Electronic Range Selection (ERS): This position (M-Manual / L-Low) allows the driver to utilize the DSC/ERS system. When the shift selector lever is moved to this position, the driver may select upshifts or downshifts by using the paddle switches located on the steering wheel/shifter. An upshift is requested by pushing either + button. Refer to the vehicle owner's manual for more specific DSC/ERS information.
Driver Shift Control (DSC)/Electronic Range Selection (ERS)
Refer to the owner's manual for specific instructions on DSC. The TCM will override shift commands when maximum engine speed is achieved and will protect from any downshift which may cause excessive engine RPMs.

Electronic Range Select (ERS) Mode
ERS mode allows you to choose the top-gear limit of the transmission and the vehicle's speed while driving down hill or towing a trailer. The vehicle has an electronic shift position indicator within the instrument panel cluster. When using the ERS Mode a number will display next to the L, indicating the current gear that has been selected.
To use this feature:
Move the shift lever to L (Low).
Press the plus/minus button located on the shift lever, to increase or decrease the gear range available.
When you shift from D (Drive) to L (Low), the transmission will shift to a pre-determined lower gear range. The highest gear available for this pre-determined range is displayed next to the L in the DIC. See Driver Information Center (DIC) and DIC Operation and Displays for more information. The number displayed in the DIC is the highest gear that the transmission will be allowed to operate in. This means that all gears below that number are available. For example, when 4 (Fourth) is shown next to the L, 1 (First) through 4 (Fourth) gears are automatically shifted by the vehicle. the transmission will not shift into 5 (Fifth) until the + (Plus) button is used or you shift back into D (Drive).
While in L (Low), the transmission will prevent shifting to a lower gear range if the engine speed is too high. You have a brief period of time to slow the vehicle. If vehicle speed is not reduced within the time allowed, the lower gear range shift will not be completed. You must further slow the vehicle, then press the - (Minus) button to the desired lower gear range.
Automatic Engine Grade braking is not available when the ERS is active. It is available in D (Drive) for both normal and Tow/Haul mode. While using the ERS, cruise control and the tow/haul mode can be used. See Tow/Haul Mode for more information.
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Oct 09, 2017 | 2009 GMC Acadia

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On the end of the gear shift when i push it in it says on the insturments tow and haul would you tell me how this works


It sets up a different shift procedure for the transmission. You won't have OD either.

May 21, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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When I push in the tow button, why doesn't the tranny shift?


When tow light is on, it makes the tranny run in a lower gear due to the tow load

Jan 29, 2016 | 2009 Ford F-150 SuperCrew

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2004 ford f250 superduty 6.0L dsl tow haul light flashing and doesnt want to go into reverse


That light means that the shift points have changed on the transmission. This is to get better economy when hauling. If it wont stop flashing then there is a valve in the transmission that is bad or sticking. You will have to have it removed and overhauled..

Dec 12, 2013 | 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty DRW SuperCab

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1984 BMW 533I MANUAL 5 SPEED


If you tow your car in neutral how come is stuck on one gear. Towing got no problems. That mean it wasnt in neutral it was in gear but the clutch is stuck and seem the gear is in neutral. You should have clutch problem before you think about gear box.

Jul 21, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Transmission seems to stay in lower gears when first driving.automatic 4by4 . it gradually shifts at about 3000 rpm.


it sounds like a tow package should shift. do you have a factory or after market shift kit installed.

Dec 18, 2009 | 1997 Dodge Dakota

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When the Tow Pkg is 'ON' how does it show it is 'ON'? Is there a light??? Also, what is the maximum towing capacity for the 1500 4x4?


on your dash console above your gauge`s where your check engine light and etc. it will say tow mode ON or tow mode OFF when you push the button on the end of the gear sellector .

Sep 26, 2009 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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I have a 2003 Silverado Z-71 4 wheel drive. When towing trailer in 2 wheel drive and the "tow" switch is engaged it does not seem to make any difference in the way the transmission shifts. If the...


When you engage the "tow" button, all that does is stop it from going into overdrive and putting a strain on the clutch packs inside. The transmission shifts the same whether its towing or not.

Jun 22, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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