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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, the lower gears in the transmission, which touch the pool of fluid at the bottom of the transmission, transfers fluid through contact to the upper gears. In this ...


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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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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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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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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 between 2,892-3292lbs. When calculating the towed weight, you need to include any other thing which you may be putting into your Outback, such as people or things. ...


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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 power,...


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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 assume that the tyres won't be in great condition, the hubs and bearings may not be too clever and presumably you don't know the condition of the bodywork to where ...


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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 argument for the diff - splash lubrication.


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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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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 have ...


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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 loose, the car in front can move freely forward while the car in back is stationary. At the instant the chain tightens, the car in back would go from zero to ...


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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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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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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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... 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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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 comes to towing capacity. The axles of the vehicle, the braking system, the steering system, and the suspension of the vehicle along with their various associated ...


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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 can ...


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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 engine? ...


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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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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 model made with towing in mind. It can tow a little over 1500lbs. If you want to follow Toyota manufacturing spec, you should not tow with your car. However, ...


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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 give you a fairly accurate idea of the true, level nose weight.


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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 makes it so the weight isn't sitting fully on the tongue and receiver. You need to ensure the weight is forward to assist in how the trailer "follows" the truck. ...


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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 made to move by accelerating the towing vehicle and “snatching” or jerking the stuck vehicle free... Edit: some people will use a strap for heavier vehicles ...


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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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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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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 anything with this vehicle, as it is not designed to do so. Personally, I would say that since the majority of the campers weight is on its own axle, you won'...


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