Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Belleville, ON, Canada
Like I said it also depends when and where you're doing it. Condition that are harsh make an impact. 30+C temp and hill climbing are not advised by me at least high speeds (more wind drag). etc
I have a large snowmobile trailer with two sled (likely 1200-1400lb) plus trailer etc. On short drives in the Winter. You have that cooling helping the vehicle. I DO run synthetic oil in the Winter for better lubrication and easier starts. I am this summer as well at the moment. Towing heats the engine which works harder but the CVT itself due to the design is not suppose to get hotter. Unlike a regular automatic. There is a cooling oil kit listed in the manual which raises the capacity to 2000lbs. It is however a Engine oil cooler, not a transmission cooler as I originally thought reading it. I would appear the engine is not sufficiently engineered to handle the heavier load. That is why all factors need to be assessed. I would not tow it in the Rocky Mountains highways or very long summer runs when it hot outside. If you use a good oil filter (EG Wix) and name brand Synthetic oil (QuakerState, Castrol, Penzoil for Example) you should be fine. They dispense engine heat better and tollerate higher internal temperature far better than a conventionaly dino oil.
Jeep Compass 2009
4x4, 2.4L, CVT
heated seats, TPMS
General Altimax RT43 P225/65R17
Yellow Fog Lamps
CLASS III Curtis Hitch
SOLD @ 153,000km Oct. 2018 THE END !!
Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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Last edited by tripplec; 07-04-2013 at 02:05 PM.