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Did I damage my clutch?

Yesterday, 2018 RAM dually, I had an 18k lbs trailer behind the truck. Had to back into a driveway perpendicular to the road, but while headed downhill. I pulled ahead of the driveway, stopped, engaged reverse, eased the clutch out, applied power, and it began to slip and hop. I only had to push this load uphill about 40 feet until I could swing into the driveway which was level but all you could smell was burnt clutch. Afterwards everything seems normal other than the lingering smell. I know it was a lot of weight to push backwards uphill, even for a short distance. Did I do any serious damage to the clutch?


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Serious damage? Probably not. But you probably shortened its life a bit. Did you continue to slip and hop the 40 feet? Once you have it in gear, it shouldn't be slipping at all, especially being new. In that situation(unless a lot of turning was involved), you could've thrown it into 4-lo to give you some more gear(torque). I think they make a kit to make just the rear wheels work. What gears do you have?
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Serious damage? Probably not. But you probably shortened its life a bit. Did you continue to slip and hop the 40 feet? Once you have it in gear, it shouldn't be slipping at all, especially being new. In that situation(unless a lot of turning was involved), you could've thrown it into 4-lo to give you some more gear(torque). I think they make a kit to make just the rear wheels work. What gears do you have?
It pretty much slipped and hopped the whole 40 feet. I was backing into a perpendicular driveway, so yeah, had to make a 90-degree turn. This is where I missed my Ford which still used manual locking hubs...if you don't lock the fronts you can have 4-low to the rear wheels and make it easier.
You could probably wire an override to the center axl disconnect on these RAMs I guess and accomplish the same. My truck has 3.73 axle gears.

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I'm kinda surprised she had problems, but for the sake of the clutch, its best to stop, reload, and get it done smooth. Here's that kit I was talking about.

https://www.genosgarage.com/product/...ors-drivetrain

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I have the kit and use it fairly often. It makes the OPs situation here a thing of the past. There’s a write up on my installation somewhere on TDR.
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Thanks for that link...sounds like I could even wire it to a factory upfitter switch, and reasonably priced. Might be just the ticket to be able to accomplish what I need to while still using a stock clutch.

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Thanks for that link...sounds like I could even wire it to a factory upfitter switch, and reasonably priced. Might be just the ticket to be able to accomplish what I need to while still using a stock clutch.
exactly what im installing this weekend. ive used 4 low several time maneuver a loaded trailer. make life much easier

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Yea I dont hesitate to use 4 low even with 10-12K behind me. Id like to get that kit but I have the manual lver on the floor, does it still work?

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Yea I dont hesitate to use 4 low even with 10-12K behind me. Id like to get that kit but I have the manual lver on the floor, does it still work?
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People are so against the 4x4 selector knob on the dash "they'd rather have the manual floor shifter" but they fail to realize that even the floor shifter has a switch in it that commands the electrically-operated central axle disconnect to connect. Rant over.

Yeah, I think this kit is going to help.
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I would like to use the same kit but it doesnít look like it is available for a 2008 3500. Is there a solution for
this year truck ?
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Yesterday, 2018 RAM dually, I had an 18k lbs trailer behind the truck. Had to back into a driveway perpendicular to the road, but while headed downhill. I pulled ahead of the driveway, stopped, engaged reverse, eased the clutch out, applied power, and it began to slip and hop. I only had to push this load uphill about 40 feet until I could swing into the driveway which was level but all you could smell was burnt clutch. Afterwards everything seems normal other than the lingering smell. I know it was a lot of weight to push backwards uphill, even for a short distance. Did I do any serious damage to the clutch?
I just have to ask, why didn't you approach heading uphill so you would be backing the trailer downhill rather than up?

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