Towing an Auto.

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 15:08
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Just out of interest, I know that it is not possible to tow an automatic vehicle even if in nutral as it will damage the gearbox. But the surf has Neutural on the transfer case between low and high range (assuming for using hydrolic whinches etc).
Question is if I select neutral on the transfer box, am I than able to tow the vehicle without taking out drive shafts and the like?

And no comments from the penut gallery please! LOL The surf is just fine at the moment, just would like to know these things now rather that if I'm in the middle of nowhere in trouble!
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Reply By: Member - Mungo Explorer (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 16:13

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 16:13
Don't know about the Surf but my Suzuki XL-7 automatic provides Neutral for exactly that purpose, for example to tow it behind one of those huge camper vans so beloved by the Americans. Even disables odometer so the kms/miles don't show.
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Reply By: mr diamond - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 20:40

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 20:40
it is possible to tow an auto with out any trouble but it depends on where the oil pump is mounted.
in the earlier days they used to run a pump from the back of an auto so when you towed it it would build up pressure and blow seals ect.
many modern cars dont have this rear pump they run of the convertor bolted to the fly wheel.
its just a matter of finding out where your pump runs from front or rear.
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Reply By: Member - Michael- Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:29

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 21:29
Jeff
I was told by my 4wd instructor that it is possible to tow an auto 4wd by putting the Hi/Low selector into Neutral and the same with the gear selector. By doing this the drive train is no longer connected to the motor, and the vehicle can be towed with harm. I have not yet tried this out
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Follow Up By: desray - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 01:34

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 01:34
Yes the gearbox is no longer connected to the engine, That is not the problem. Towing a automatic the the wheels turn the driveshaft then the gears in the gearbox and no oil is been pumped around , it makes no difference where the gear lever is ,H/L or neutral, the drive wheels are still turning the gears
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Follow Up By: Lotte - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:36

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:36
Michael is right. With transfer in neutral there is no connection to trans. Put on top N for trans itself and disconnect is complete. Yes you drive the outputshaft from the transfer case. But that's about it. Towing angle an resulting oil level in transfer case should be alright for lubrication.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 08:49

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 08:49
From memory my owners manual states I can tow my Pajero (NM Auto) for short distances at lower speeds. Check the manual for yours and it will tell you.
John
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Reply By: Uppy - Member - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 17:47

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 17:47
Hi Jeffwa,im more than happy to give you a tow in the school bus,the things you do to save desiel.Anyway its high time we went for a drive ,maybe this Sunday.Also when are we doing that camping trip
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:00

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:00
For the price of Diesel at the moment I might need the school bus to tow me! Can't afford to fill er up! LOL
Yeah Benny and the boys were talking about doing somthing Sunday, day trip. How bout you meet us at my place at 9am on Sunday, bring lunch.
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