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Larrysr1957

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Posted: 05/07/21 04:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I’m correct you can’t tow a 2 Wheel Dr. automatic transmission because the transmission would overheat but my question is, can’t I put the truck in neutral with the engine running and pull it, that way with the engine running it will circulate the transmission fluid keeping the transmission cool. Are there any mechanical reasons that I cannot do this. And no the gear shift cannot jump into reverse. I can get a electric brake that will operate with the power brake active.

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Larrysr1957,

You CAN tow some 2WD automatics four down. Our Honda Odyssey is just one example out of many. However, as the years go by, the selection of models seems to be dwindling.

Can you tow a vehicle with the engine running and in neutral? Sure. Should you? THAT, I'll leave up to you. I wouldn't do it with my vehicle. What if the engine stalls?

There are other options. There are tranny fluid circulation pumps which can be installed and there are driveshaft disconnects which can be installed, to name two. Of course the tranny fluid circulation pump could fail and the driveshaft disconnects can sometimes be temperamental to get them to engage/disengage. I've read about both of these issues, though rare, on these forums over the years.

Or if you're not going to tow too frequently, there are some who just crawl under their vehicle and disconnect the drive shaft for the trip.

OR, and my suggestion, find a vehicle which CAN be flat-towed and trade your current vehicle in for one of those. Follow the towing instructions TO THE LETTER and you should be able to tow about as "worry free" as possible.

If you weren't aware, there is a Dinghy Towing section on these forums. Have a look to see if that helps give you some ideas.

Good Luck,

~Rick

* This post was edited 05/08/21 01:12pm by Rick Jay *


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As rick stated look at some. As far as driving with the engine running. In a 500 mile tow, engine running you will have a over heated engine and possible transmission. We have seen this several times. Have seen more on I 75 South doing this for some reason. No air gets to the engine or not enough. Jeeps seem to be but not all towable.

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Posted: 05/07/21 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is towing that car and only that car so important to you that you would risk destroying it? What does the owners manual say about towing? Can you tow a pumpkin behind your RV? You bet ya! Will it look a lot like a pumpkin when you get to your destination? Unlikely!

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Check with your car owners manual, under towing behind a vehicle or recreational towing. Each manufacturer and model, transmission model could all be different. Transmission pump fluid connection etc., even idling the engine may not operate the transmission pump, if the transmission is in neutral.
2nd part of your inquiry, towed vehicle braking systems are generally designed to work with the car NOT running and any power assist bled off. On our Brake Buddy system, after installing, final step is to press a button to cycle the Brake Buddy five times to bleed off any power assistance. If you were to leave the towed engine running, any time the brakes were applied, it would probably lock up the towed vehicle brakes.

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Posted: 05/07/21 08:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a vehicle that can be towed safely (I tow SRX with no concern) according to manufacturers instructions. Use a tow dolley. Stop trying to improvise a solution that would likely cause you to drive down ths road watching for smoke from your toad.

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Posted: 05/07/21 09:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Year make and model of the vehicle would help.

I tow a 2 wheel drive car with an automatic transmission. All cars are not the same.


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The problem with towing "4 down" is somethings inside the transmission will spin. The spinning cause heat. The pump is not pumping so the fluid does not go through the cooler.

Some transmissions can handle the heat,some can not.

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Posted: 05/08/21 05:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it's RWD, ypou may be able to get a driveshaft disconnect


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Some Ford and GM 2WD cars can be towed 4 down (same 6 speed transmission).

What kind of vehicle do you have?


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