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    Lugging the engine?

    Would running the engine at 35mph in 5th gear be considered lugging the engine?. Perhaps a strange question,but,hey,it was on my mind. TIA

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    lugging would only occur if you tried to accelerate in that gear at that speed.

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    it all depends on your gearing of course. I am 15/50, and would not call this a lugging condition. That being said, its all dependent on road inclination and amount of throttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frog13 View Post
    Would running the engine at 35mph in 5th gear be considered lugging the engine?. Perhaps a strange question,but,hey,it was on my mind. TIA
    Only if you were going up a long steep hill.....oh, I forgot, you don't have hills in Ohio.
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    Sw Ohio is full of hills. If your just cruising it is fine but if your going up a big hill and it starts chugging then yeah your luggin it. Just listen to her. She will let you know if she is happy or not!

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    Am I missing something or is there some reason to not kick it down a gear when poking along? Cruising along and not placing a demand for acceleration will not hurt. Each gear has a happy place and these one lung engines will be sure to let you know when the demand does not meet the gear selection.

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    Rocky,yes,we have hills,we do not have,like you do in ID,MOUNTAINS.
    Thanks for all the reply's.

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    This brings up a question I have always wondered about. What does lugging the engine actually hurt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    This brings up a question I have always wondered about. What does lugging the engine actually hurt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmStateCrawler View Post
    This brings up a question I have always wondered about. What does lugging the engine actually hurt?
    I think severe lugging could hurt everything from the clutch and gear box right through the entire engine, crank shaft, connecting rod, piston and pin, head and base gaskets, valves and cam. Look at the act of lugging like placing a 6,000 pound load on a 3,000 pound winch. You are putting a demand on a mechanical device that it is not designed to handle. Transmissions are there to lessen these strains.

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