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    Default Utility transmission???

    Hey everyone, when i bought my truck the previous owner said the truck had a utility tranasmission. I was just wondering if anyone had an idea on what that means?? i have a 01 silverado 1500 5.3 vortec 4x4 single cab short bed. Thanks.

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    I dont know what that means but I also think that the guy you bought it from was even more cluless then me. Just sayin?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by hundojoe View Post
    I dont know what that means but I also think that the guy you bought it from was even more cluless then me. Just sayin?????
    Ditto!!!! that sounds like a line that comes from a guy that has a honda civic with a body kit and a stock motor and a fart can that makes 500HP..
    But in all reality all the time that i have spent on this site and researching and working on my trucks and other peoples i have never heard of such a thing. So i am pretty sure you were fed a line and you have the Run of the mill 4L60E.. Which really is a great tranny and will last you for a very long time to come with proper maintenance.
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    Thanks. Aparently he said it was used as a utility truck for the city. I figured it was probably stock transmission but just figured i'd ask around.

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    The transmission may have been rebuilt with updated heavy duty parts.

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    That's another thing I've heard..I've heard it's a more heavy duty tranny but seeing as I can't count on the previous owner how can I really find out?

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    Maybe its got a PTO built into it (used to run things like hydraulic pumps, generators, things like that)? I've never heard of them on a 1500 but I've been wrong before. Usually they're on things like tow trucks or dump trucks.

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    I wonder if he's referring to a PTO (power take off). Heavy duty trucks use a PTO to operate various attachments. For example, a dump truck will use a PTO to power the hydraulics for raising/lowering the bed.

    Other than knowing that they exist, I know next to nothing about PTO's. I'm not even sure if they make a PTO kit for the 4L60E/4L65E. Someone else here might know better than me about identifying a PTO and how to use it if you find it is there.

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    he said before he owned truck it belonged to the city as a water truck. Not sure if that would mean that it has the PTO you guys mentioned but if so would there be a button that would enable me to use that option or would it just make my transmission stronger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FamousMike View Post
    he said before he owned truck it belonged to the city as a water truck. Not sure if that would mean that it has the PTO you guys mentioned but if so would there be a button that would enable me to use that option or would it just make my transmission stronger?
    A Power Take Off would have a pull cable to get the driven part turning. Big rigs sometimes have air operated flip switches instead of the maintenance intensive cable 'cause they could have multiple PTOs and already have on board air from the brake system.

    Anything HD inside the trans wouldn't be evident. A PTO would be bolted onto the side of the trans housing and I doubt there is an access plate on the 1500 trans...
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