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Questions tagged [towing]

The process of pulling a wheeled load with a vehicle. Can refer to trailers or broken vehicles.

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Towing a VW Bug or Chevy Corsair

I’ve read where a front wheel drive vehicle towed on a dolly should be towed front wheels up. Obviously. But what about a VW BUG or a CHEVY CORVAIR, can they be towed backwards? The most weight (...
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Chains hanging from rear axle of trucks

I often see trucks (school buses, ambulances, sometimes dump trucks) which have metal chains hanging off the rear axle, on either side of the differential. What are these for?
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Car struggles to pull off up hill

Could anyone help with another issue/potential issue I have? When I am parked on a hill, facing upwards, I put my car into first gear and when I pull off it feels as if I am towing something heavy, ...
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Subaru Outback 2014 was towed with front wheels raised and rear wheels on ground for about 5 miles. Now AT Oil Temp light flashes

Okay, I did it and now the flashing/blinking AT Oil Temp light is very concerning. Is that caused by such improper towing? If so, what would I expect to happen or to have fixed?
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No voltage to 2010 Toyota 4Runner trailer electric brakes

When I step on the brakes in my 2010 Toyota 4Runner, I do not get any DC voltage to the "electric brakes" pin of the 7-pin trailer socket (factory installed). (I measure this by touching the probes on ...
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Towing a running vehicle?

My family and I are moving from California to Louisiana on 8/31/2018; my car, a manual 6-speed, 2015 Kia Soul, will be hitched to my mothers automatic, 2016 Jeep Cherokee via tow dolly. I have read ...
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Goes into limp mode while towing over 2k RPM

I have a 2005 Isuzu Rodeo Denver, 3.0 automatic 190,000 miles on clock. Under heavy towing the engine management light comes on when over 2000 rpm, goes into idle mode. Drop the revs or down into ...
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Peugeot 307 51 plate trailer hitch issues

I have a Peugeot 307 it is a 51 plate. I have a trailer hitch on the back, was there when I brought the car. It doesn't have the electric plug in bit though is this difficult to get?
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How to prevent automatic transmission damage when towing a heavy load without the towing package

Automatic transmissions without an oil cooler and no transmission fluid high temperature warning indicator can be damaged towing heavy trailers. What can be done to get around needing the towing ...
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Towing damage to a 92 Mazda Miata mx5 automatic

I have a 1992 Mazda Miata mx5 automatic. Unfortunately I didn’t move it for three days and the city I live in has a bylaw I didn’t know about and they towed my car. When I went to pick it up I ...
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Which is better lockup or non lockup converter?

So which is better a lockup converter or a non lockup. It's being put in a Chevy 4x4 with a 700R transmission, it's a daily driver and used for towing?
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What does the rated capacity of a commercial tow rope/strap mean?

When you buy a tow rope it is usually marketed as something like "4000 kg tow rope" or similar. Does that rating mean that the rope is suitable to tow vehicles with a mass of up to 4 tonnes, or does ...
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Why is tow rope elastic?

Yesterday I was towing my friends car to a repair shop. I was towing it on a rope. But due to my inexperience every start was akin to game of paddle ball. The rope is kinda elastic and my car is abour ...
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Transmission busted after a tow

My vehicle was in the ditch and had to get winched out and hauled away on a flatbed. Before the incident, I have had no problems that seemed transmission related with the vehicle.. Its a 2006 Dodge ...
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Does load index affect towing performance?

Background: I tow a 4000lb camper and my current tires are 111 rated. Many of the replacement tires I'm looking at (buying 4) are rated at 107 (same speed index) and within the manufacturer's specs (...
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Where to attach ball hitch on 1989 10ft former U-Haul truck?

I have a 1989 Toyota 10 ft box truck that was a U-haul in a former life. I would like to attach a 2 inch ball hitch to the rear. Problem is, this is a low step loading configuration where there ...
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Okay to carry bicycles on roof without a roof-rack?

We have a 2017 Outback without a sunroof and with the built-in roof-rack. Assuming I lay towels on the roof and have good straps, what would the arguments be against just laying the bicycles flat on ...
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What is a weight distributing hitch versus a weight carrying ball mount?

There is a U-Haul hitch on my Toyota Sienna and I was going to rent a travel trailer for the first time. There are two specifications, one for a weight distributing hitch, and one for a weight ...
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Where is my Bosal Oris detachable Tow bar hidden in my Mercedes ml500 2005?

There is a inner panel on the rear right side of the car where the jack and triangle is stored but the detachable ball is wedged into polystyrene and i cant seem to pry it out. Are there any clips or ...
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Towing AWD Subaru 2010 Outback with auto/manual transmission

I read the posts about towing behind an RV. My 2010 Subaru Outback had an automatic transmission, but it also has the manual shift up and down paddles on the steering wheel. Does this mean it can be ...
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When does a towed trailer need brakes?

Is there a definable standard, or a rule-of-thumb for how much weight you can tow on a trailer before you should consider having brakes on that trailer? I'm sure the individual vehicle plays into ...
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How can I flat tow a 2003 manual Jetta 5 speed?

Moving across country and need to tow a manual 5 speed transmission, 2003 Jetta with a 2014 Subaru Outback. Already got the hitch for the Outback. Can I flat tow this Jetta? What parts are ...
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Conflicting statements RE Towing Capacity in Owner's Manual - How much can I tow?

I have a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. In the owners manual, available here, on page 330 there's a table displaying the maximum towing amounts for the engine sizes available. For each, this is listed as ...
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Trailer Hitch Limits on 2007 PT Cruiser

I'm planning on moving and driving my 2007 PT cruiser from the Phoenix, AZ to Chicago, IL regions - A trip that is roughly 1700 miles, I believe. I will be loading up most of my belongings into the ...
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Why is towing a manual transmission car, in neutral, with the drive wheels on the ground, considered safe?

It is clear that cars with automatic transmissions cannot be towed with any drive wheels on the ground, engine off, in neutral, because the torque converter powers the lubrication pump for the ...
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Trailer AFC converter turn signals blink together

I have a Nissan Murano 2009 (made in Japan for US market). I installed a trailer towing hitch and now I want to install a towing harness. Since I live in Europe I bought Brink Wiring Kit (732614) ...
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Towing a 72 Chevy pickup

I was towing my truck to the bodyshop on a car dolly. Somehow it slipped into reverse and I kept going until I noticed smoke coming from the towed truck. When I stopped to look at what was happening ...
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Cheapest way to transport a non-functioning motorbike across town [closed]

(Disclaimer: I considered putting this on Lifehacks but it's so specific to motor vehicles that I thought it might be better here; Do let me know otherwise if it should be migrated) What would be ...
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When loading a car trailer how should the load be set?

I didn't see this question under the tag towing and don't typically tow often with my truck but towing with a full size truck, like a Titan, F150 or Silverado 1500 how should the car you're towing be ...
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What damage can one expect from towing an all wheel drive(awd) with 2 wheels down?

About a year ago, I had my awd car towed 12 miles with the front wheels on the lift, rear wheels on the ground while on neutral gear. The car's drive train is the front wheels. I just learned awd ...
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Subaru Outback (2004): flat tow with another Subaru if running? Fuel line repair?

My situation is that I drove a few blocks to the grocery store because it was super cold out and when I tried to leave, my car didn't want to (It's still there and I'm contemplating my options). When ...
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How much can I tow with a 1997 Chevy Suburban?

In searching around I've found suggestions that the towing capacity is 5-6,000lbs, with an engine oil cooler, transmission oil cooler, and weight-distributing hitch. How can I tell if I have these ...
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Honda Odyssey: Neutral/unlocked steering wheel without draining battery?

I need to tow (front-wheel dolly) my 2014 Odyssey Elite about 50 miles. Which means that it needs to be in neutral, and the steering wheel needs to be unlocked. Unfortunately, the normal condition ...
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Towing a Bobcat

What kind of vehicle/horsepower will I need to tow a Bobcat 322 mini-excavator? Guidance from, say, Bobcat is pretty thin. I saw one web post from a bobcat dealer in which the advice was "Make sure ...
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Testing nose weight - how level does the ground really need to be?

Getting back into caravanning again after a few years of no van :) Get everything set for a weekend trip on Friday. I just checked my nose (tongue) weight with some bathroom scales and I'm happy ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

I love my 2013 Prius V so much I don't want to sell it But am wanting to tow a light weight camper of 1000 pounds. Is there any way this is possible without hurting my favorite car?
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Nissan Murano 2016 tow capacity

the Nissan Pathfinder can tow 5000 lbs and the Murano 2016 only 1500 lbs, how is it possible if they both are almost the same size, engine?. am I missing something?.
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How can I tow a RWD manual transmission car with a tow dolly safely?

I am purchasing my next project car, a 1976 Fiat 124. For those that don't know, it's a rear wheel drive manual. In my area, it's not possible to rent a flat-bed trailer unless I want to spend over $...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

I'm getting some mixed advice about towing with a Forester. We are considering buying a small popup camper, and also maybe a small utility trailer. The camper would be for there-and-back trips, not ...
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Safe Vehicle Operating Temperature while towing

I have a F-350 Dually that is capable of towing 16,000lbs. I regularly pull 14-15K lbs. I have a programmer that gives me a digital display of both my EOT and my ECT. What would you say is the ...
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Prepare car for long distance towing

I'm moving soon and will be towing my car (2003 Honda Civic EX w/ automatic transmission) about 1,600 miles. The car will be towed behind a box truck on a trailer, i.e. the wheels will not be on the ...
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Can I salvage a towbar from an identical donor car?

I would like a towbar for my 2003 Opel Agila (I am not joking!) and I have seen an Opel Agila advertised at a nearby scrapyard with a towbar. The towbar was an optional factory extra according to the ...
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Ball mount ground clearance

I would like to install a ball mount on my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee but I'm not sure how high the bottom of the ball should be from ground. I've seen different drop and rise numbers on the ball mount ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

According to Will higher octane fuel improve gas mileage? higher octane fuel does NOT notably improve fuel efficiency. Will higher octane fuel, increase power while towing? I looked online and ...
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How would you move a small vehicle a relatively short distance [duplicate]

I'm buying a honda and the owner said it doesn't start( it's 400$ so worth it) and am trying to figure out a few things 1 would be what are some things to check on it since it hasn't been started ...
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How to move car a small distance without tow dolly

How could you move a small car a small distance (like 5 blocks) without a tow dolly or tow straps I have rope but don't have tow straps.
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Does towing an automatic transmision car in neutal with engine not running will damage it?

My daughter had a friend tow her 1996 chevy. automatic transmission without engine running while in "N" SLOWLY for probably 7 or 8 miles distance. Do you think she has damaged the transmission? The ...
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Hauling a motorcycle cross country — more or less wrong ways to do it.

I need to haul a 425 lb KLR650 motorcycle from Hoboken NJ to Oakland CA. I'm on a budget so I'd like to do this as cheap as possible (under $200 is great, maybe $500 max). I have a 1996 B4V VW TDI ...
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Can a tow truck tow you and your trailer?

If your vehicle breaks down while towing a trailer can a tow truck tow both your vehicle and the trailer? The tow vehicle in this case is rear wheel drive.
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Does a brake controller need direct battery connection, or would a switched source work?

I'm installing a break controller & 7-pin receptacle for towing. The wiring diagram I am following (below) shows the 7-pin and brake controller wired directly to the battery. I want to know if I ...