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That is a great question. I believe the true answer here is "it depends". Like so many other things you can do with your vehicle, if your vehicle cannot use the higher octane fuel, it won't benefit from it. Something to remember about octane ratings is, the higher number does not mean it is more energy dense. The higher number indicates the fuel is actually ...


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Most owner's manuals state that the vehicle should not be towed with the drive wheels on the ground for longer than x miles or faster than y MPH. The reason for this is that Neutral only disengages the engine from the transmission, but not the transmission from the wheels. As the drive wheels turn, the transmission turns. This can heat up the transmission, ...


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All wheel drive vehicles connect the front and rear axles via a transfer case or differential. While on a wheel lift tow one set is lifted off the ground and not spinning and the trailing wheels are spinning at road speed. This places a big load and resulting wear on the power transfer unit. Coasting allows all four wheel to spin at road speed but with no ...


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In terms of towing, in reality, all you need is enough torque to get over initial resistance, as rolling resistance is much lower. This is why you get people who can tow a bus, or a jumbo jet, for example, so absolute power isn't the be-all and end-all. As I wrote in my comment, the flat-4 boxer engine is a good one for pulling, as it does give smooth ...


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When requesting the tow, the user should clearly state The fact that there is also a trailer that needs to be towed. The weight of said trailer. The trailer hitch type. Otherwise, the towing company may not be able to send a suitable tow vehicle to the site. Not all tow vehicles have a tow hitch of both types (ball and NATO), and not all tow vehicles ...


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A rope is all you will need. Almost all vehicles have an accessible strong point that can be used to tow. This may be a loop or hook specifically designed for towing, or it may just be a part of the chassis. While a tow rope incorporating a little elasticity is best for towing (as it can soak up jolts) you can safely tow using just a rope, and a little ...


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Engine control systems in typical cars do not generally change the spark advance to add more than expected, the engine is designed to run at a particular efficiency for a given octane, so changing it from whats specified by the manufacturer isn't a good idea. If there is sub optimal conditions and the engine management detects a problem, fuel mix or knock ...


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Two great comments already; couple of things to add. The reason why we have Octane types is because the lower-octane fuels tend to ignite at lower temperatures (ie. hot metal parts inside the combustion chamber, rather than the spark plug firing) or lower compression pressures (ie. the compression fires the engine like a diesel engine works). The octane ...


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Most of the time the tow company will do one of the following based on the equipment they have available at the time you call listed most common to least common: Put your tow vehicle on a rollback, and tow the trailer at the same time with the same roll back Send a second truck (sometimes a regular truck not a wrecker) to tow you trailer, this is done more ...


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Many older cars with a tow ball had no electrical outlet - back in the day regulations weren't as strict on adding lights to trailers etc. Many modern cars either have an outlet, or have a factory option for adding one. Typically, Camry's from about 97 or 98 have a panel you need to remove inside the trunk. This does vary a bit between versions, but this ...


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Can you tow it from the front (uphill)? Get a tow strap, attach to the OEM anchor points on each vehicle (if available). You could push the vehicle(protecting both vehicle somehow), but damage can be done. Option that might be preferred: Buy beers Invite friend over and offer some free beers Put the car in neutral and ask your friends to push it. You ...


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... As the air gets thinner at higher altitudes, your air/fuel ratio is going try to stay the same (emissions, performance, fuel efficency) if you're under the control of the ECU in closed loop mode. Consider the Mass Airflow Sensor, which detects the total mass (not volume!) of air entering the engine by a hot wire resistance sensor. Note that I have no ...


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The height from the ground to the bottom of the ball will be determined by the trailer you're pulling, not the car. The height of the trailer is such that the trailers hitch is horizontal with the ground, while the hitch receiver on all vehicles is attached to two points on the frame of the car, so the receiver height is fixed for the car - e.g my Subaru ...


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Since the car will be on a trailer there's not much that you need to do. Check the tire pressure, and fix any tires that have a leak. If the car is strapped down, depending on how you strap it, a tire loosing air could make the strap loose. This isn't likely to be catastrophic, but it's something that will be nice to avoid. If you don't live in an area ...


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The following applies to wiring basic rear lights for an un-braked trailer. Wiring up tow-bar electrics is fairly simple if you have a few tools, even if the car doesn't have a connector specifically for a tow-bar connection. You need not know the colour scheme of the car's wiring either. Each pin on the tow-ball plug goes directly to the positive wire ...


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You should be fine as long as you go with a custom hitch, meaning one designed to bolt directly to your frame. Most of what Toyota marketing says is just that, marketing. For what you are planing on using it for almost any hitch would do. I would recommend going with a class three hitch liked you mentioned in the event you ever wanted to pull something ...


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While I won't speak directly to the Subaru and its specific towing capacity, there are several reason why some vehicles have better towing capacity than others. The main reason is most people think about towing as how much a vehicle can actually pull, when there are more factors involved. You also need to look at how much the vehicle can safely slow down. ...


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There are several considerations here. But the most important missing piece in your question is a second driver. If you don't have the car you are towing on a dolly or trailer someone will need to operate the steering and brakes. Depending on where you live they may also need to be a licensed vehicle operator. The car you are towing also needs to be ...


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There has been a lot of good information shared here, especially by Lawrence Wade (from my perspective). But we're slightly left hanging about the two closely-related fundamental questions from the OP: Will higher octane fuel, increase power while towing? and Will higher octane fuel impact the available power in common v-6 regular gas burning ...


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It can be but you will need a relay with the capacity to carry at least 40 amps (based on your diagram, your brakes may require more). I would suggest a relay similar to what is pictured below. I wouldn't go with anything smaller than a 50 amp continuous duty. Continuous Duty Solenoid 80AMP 12V You could also use a relay like the one below, but I ...


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I just installed a hitch from from Reese-hitches.com on my 1999 escort wagon this week. (1) Class I, 1-1/4 inch Receiver Hitch Part No: RT-443 (1) T-One Connector Wiring Light Kit Part No: 118344 The hitch worked out fine, but the wiring harness is not right, and apparently they do not make one for the escort wagon (we have a 5 plug harness going to the ...


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I am looking @ Page 96 of 1999 Toyota Avalon Owner's Manual. This page shows Dash buttons with labels & some nore. This is what written on that page for ECT. "PWR" (Power) mode for powerful acceleration ECT PWR "PWR" mode indicator light on the instrument panel shows the driving pattern selector button is in "PWR" mode.


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On the Avalon, the ECT mode buttons toggles between normal/economy and power shift patterns.


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Some towing packages include beefed up suspension and brakes as well as additional cooling. You may be better off upgrading to a Traverse with the factory towing package than trying to retro fit your vehicle. There's also the issue of warranty servicing, which probably won't be covered since you're exceeding the recommendations


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There definitely is risk purchasing something without knowing the condition it is in. Is it not running because the battery is out of it, or is something else to blame? Without knowing the details, if things go wrong, you may not be able to recover your money in scrap. Start with the obvious, fuel, oil, spark, coolant, etc. Put some stabilizer in the fuel ...


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A lot of people get confused with octane ratings. The octane rating is the fuels resistance to detonation, ie, the fuel / air mix igniting just due to pressure. When this happens the resulting burn is very violent and can easily cause major engine damage. When the fuel / air mix burns normally it pushes down progressively on the piston; when detonation ...


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I think you have an option to either use the custom installed hitch by Toyota or an aftermarket hitch. It's your choice. The after market hitch will help you tow even more weight maybe. Toyota of course will tell you that theirs is the best because they want you to buy it but the choice is dependent on you. I would go for the aftermarket hitch because they ...


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Safety First Check the condition of your tires and brakes before the trip. They will be working overtime pulling a trailer. Check brake pads and rotors and/or shoes and drums, and consider a brake fluid flush, which should be done every couple of years regardless. Check tire pressure regularly during the trip. Also check the wiring for the trailer lights to ...


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You can dinghy tow an Outback or Forester behind a motorhome if these conditions are satisfied: The Subaru is a Manual Transmission model; No automatic transmission subaru should ever be dinghy towed with wheels down! Use the gray "Valet" key to unlock the steering wheel. This is the first click past the "OFF" position. In this position, the steering wheel ...


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The answer to your question is, the Automatic Subaru Outback should NOT be flat towed. If it is determined you have done so, would void your warranty. I found this on the Family Motor Coach Association forum: ... the information in the Outback owners manual being vague when it comes to recreational towing. It specifically says not to tow automatic and ...



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