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

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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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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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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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2.5L four-cylinder able to tow 2,700lbs?

My wife and I are looking at purchasing a new Subaru Outback. In the manufacturer's specifications, it states that for the 2.5L (four-cyl), that the towing package allows us to tow up to 2,700lbs. In ...
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What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?

I'm not sure if this is a feature on Toyota cars alone, but I currently drive a '99 Avalon XLS and in addition to the D3 mode which I know disables overdrive, right above the radio near the top of ...
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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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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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Subaru Outback Towing vs Coasting

We just recently got a Subaru Outback. It is a manual and has AWD. The dealer told us if we need it towed, it has to go on a trailer, and can't be towed with wheels down. I understand that this can ...
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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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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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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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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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Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer

I have a Toyota Camry 2004. When I just bought it, I have noticed that it has a tow ball. I didn't really intend to use it but now it could really help me to move few things around with a trailer I ...
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Adding a trailer hitch for extra storage on 2006 Toyota Hybrid Highlander Limited

I want to add a trailer hitch for extra storage on 2006 Toyota Hybrid Highlander Limited. I've seen these storage boxes that appear to mount on the hitch and allow access to the rear hatch still when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Adding Towing Capability to my '09 Chevy Traverse

My '09 AWD Traverse doesn't have the towing package. On one side we didn't realize what that meant when we bought it and on the other I rarely tow much beyond a small trailer to haul some stuff from ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Flat Tow Subaru Auto Trans with Engine Running?

A year ago I traded my 2012 Ford Focus for a 2014 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium (automatic transmission). Dealer told me it could be flat towed, made sense to me, why not so long as it is in neutral? ...
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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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how to tow short distance without towbar fitted

What is the best way to tow a light car (rx7) with a vehicle that has no towbar. I only need to move it about 15 meters up a driveway that has a bit of an incline to negotiate.
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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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Trailer hitch for third gen. (1997–1999) NA Ford Escort wagon

I am looking into adding Class 1 trailer hitch to 1999 Ford Escort wagon (NA 3rd generation (1997–1999)). I had checked several NA manufacturers (such as Curt, U-Haul etc.), none of them offer a hitch ...
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Can towing a car damage transmission while the Parking Brake is on?

Flatbed tow is dragging FWD vehicle by the cable up onto the flatbed, and then bringing the car off the Flatbed to the police ground. First Case : The transmission in Neutral Parking Brake is ...
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Preventive maintenance for a long-distance tow

Vehicle: 1980 Jeep CJ-7 4.2 Liter (258) AMC Automatic Background: I'm planning to take my 1980 CJ-7 on a 1,200-mile road trip towing a small U-Haul trailer. The Jeep is in good running shape, but ...
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What's the function of the two trailer sockets?

Simple question folks. There are two trailer sockets on my Rangerover, one has a white cap, the other black. What is the difference and what are they for?
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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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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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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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Is it safe to mount a wire bracket to a hitch?

I recently installed a Curt hitch on my jeep wrangler. It is perfect, but I want to mount a 7-pin wiring harness via drop-down bracket. Is it safe to drill and tap the main bar that goes across the ...
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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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2001 Ford F150 howling when braking with trailer

I have a 2001 Ford F150 Lariat with the 4.6L V8 Engine. Sometimes while I have my trailer hooked up I get a tremendous howling while braking. Almost so loud you can't hear anything else in the cab. ...
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What's wrong if I replace a signal light bulb, but it still acts as if it's burnt out?

I hit the ditch the other day and got towed out. There was no physical damage as far as I can tell, but whenever I indicated right, it would blink fast as if a bulb was burned out. I replaced the ...
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How to replace the fuse for both indicators on a Nissan Wingroad 2004?

While towing a borrowed trailer yesterday, my indicators stopped working. The noise usually made by them turning on and off also stopped, and the lights for the indicators in the dashboard stopped ...