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Why is towing a manual transmission car, in neutral, with the drive wheels on the ground, considered safe?

Manual transmissions (most, but not all) lubricate not through a pump, but through the action of the gears and secondarily through the level of the transmission fluid itself. In some transmissions, ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

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 ...
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Towing a running vehicle?

Why not have someone drive it properly - fewer people crammed into one car and you can swap passengers at each stop - it seems a safer option...
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How can I flat tow a 2003 manual Jetta 5 speed?

No you cannot safely tow the Jetta as you'll exceed the towing capacity of your Outback. The Outback can tow (depending on the options) between 2,700-3000lbs. The weight of the Jetta by itself is ...
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Is it ok to front suspended tow a 2017 Dacia Duster 1.5dci 4wd?

I found this in the owners manual for the vehicle, which says that it must not be towed with any wheels on the ground -
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How can I tow a RWD manual transmission car with a tow dolly safely?

The safest option and the one which I'd be most comfortable with is spending the $300 on a trailer. I assume the car is a project and therefore not in a roadworthy state. It's therefore safe to ...
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Why is towing a manual transmission car, in neutral, with the drive wheels on the ground, considered safe?

Because, in a manual gearbox (those that I am aware of) the method of lubrication is by splash as the layshaft sits in the oil, so there is no engine driven pump connected to the input shaft. Same ...
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Why is tow rope elastic?

Tow rope is specifically made to be elastic because it allows for diffusion of energy when the rope is tightened. Imagine towing with a chain, which has essentially no elasticity. While the chain is ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

... 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. ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

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 ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

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 ...
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Nissan Murano 2016 tow capacity

Good question. While they both employ the same engine, there is a list of several other variables that come into play here. Different vehicles are constructed with different ideas in mind when in ...
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AWD Towing with Sling Type Truck

The reason you should tow an AWD either all 4 wheels on the ground, or all 4 wheels on a flatbed is because just having two on the ground means the differential is having to carry the, well, ...
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Testing nose weight - how level does the ground really need to be?

If you want to eliminate the angle of ground that visually looks flat, measure the weight then turn the whole lot around and measure the weight again. The mean average fo these two readings should ...
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Ball mount ground clearance

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 ...
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Will higher octane fuel improve towing power?

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 ...
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Prepare car for long distance towing

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 ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

If you are strictly going by what the manufacturer states as a towing capacity for a vehicle, your vehicle wasn't designed with towing in mind. Looking at this page states the 2016 was the first Prius ...
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When loading a car trailer how should the load be set?

You need the load to be forward on the trailer, but not completely. You want the main part of the weight to be centrally located on the trailer so the trailer is hauling the weight of the load. This ...
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When loading a car trailer how should the load be set?

You have to place things so, that the centre of gravity as low as possible, and in the middle of the trailer.(above the axles, but somewhat closer to the car) Try to place things close to each other. ...
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What does the rated capacity of a commercial tow rope/strap mean?

It is rated for vehicles up to 4000kg... It is not rated for lifting operations ie use as a sling on a crane... It is not rated for KE recovery - kinetic energy recovery - where the stuck vehicle is ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

The payload rating for the 2003 Toyota Prius V is 1047 lbs, so in theory 1000 lbs of extra weight is within tolerance of this vehicles payload. On the other hand, Toyota recommends that you do not tow ...
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How much can I tow with a 1997 Chevy Suburban?

According to Trailers.com, the max towing capacity for the 1997 Suburban is: 1500 4WD: 6,000lbs 1500 2WD: 6,500lbs 2500 4WD: 10,000lbs The way you can tell what equipment came on your vehicle is by ...
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Which is better lockup or non lockup converter?

If you are going to be towing, you want a lock-up torque converter. Heat is the bane of transmissions. Towing will add heat to the transmission. A non-lock-up torque converter will add more heat. With ...
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Can towing a car damage transmission while the Parking Brake is on?

The last option is easily solved - straps and / or chains are used to secure the vehicle to the flat bed. In fact these are usually used in all cases as the load has to be properly secured, this is ...
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What are these square shrouds over these towbar nuts?

Those are captive nuts, if they are not rusted then the shroud stops them turning. If they are rusted or seized then the nuts can rotate in the shroud and you will need to hold them with pliers or ...
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Honda Odyssey: Neutral/unlocked steering wheel without draining battery?

Install a battery disconnect switch. The steering wheel should be able to move if the key is in regardless of if it has power or not. I've only once seen a mid-90's Kia with a ridiculous ...
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Towing a Bobcat

You'll need something with a Class III hitch to handle the weight of the trailer. Odds are good that if a Class III hitch is available the payload of the vehicle will handle the tongue weight, but ...
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Testing nose weight - how level does the ground really need to be?

That's close enough! Especially if you're not pushing the limits. Tongue weight influences the stability of the rig (too much and the front wheels may tend to lift, too little – especially with a ...
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Will towing a trailer hurt my 2008 Subaru Forester?

The fact of the matter is any additional load is harder on a transmission. Stuffing 5 of me in four car is 1000 lbs, add say camping gear and you're looking at 1200-1500 lbs of cargo. If my wife were ...
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