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Old 08-12-2015, 11:18 AM   #1
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Question How to Pull a 1997 Ford Ranger

I have a 1997 Ford Ranger 6 cylinder, automatic. I want to tow it on all four tires. I have checked with RV dealers and Ford. Who knows if this can be done? I have gotten both yes and no answers.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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To ensure your transmission doesn't destroy itself from lack of lubrication, you have a few options, if your truck is rear wheel drive.
(1.) Disconnect the driveshaft at the differential when you tow it.
(2.) Install a driveshaft disconnect link in the driveshaft.
(3.) Install a lubricating pump to circulate ATF as you tow the vehicle.

Note: #3 will also work if you have a front wheel drive truck. #2 isn't available for front wheel drive vehicles.

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Remco Lube Pump Kits | $150. off & free shipping

The components of either #2 or #3 will cost about $1000, another multiple hundreds to have installed, not to mention the base plate, brake system, and lighting modifications.

You are talking about cost and labor of perhaps over $3,000 for a truck that is 18 years old. Unless you can do the work yourself, I'd think seriously about buying a vehicle that can more cheaply be modified for towing.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:49 AM   #3
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To ensure your transmission doesn't destroy itself from lack of lubrication, you have a few options, if your truck is rear wheel drive.
(1.) Disconnect the driveshaft at the differential when you tow it.
(2.) Install a driveshaft disconnect link in the driveshaft.
(3.) Install a lubricating pump to circulate ATF as you tow the vehicle.

Note: #3 will also work if you have a front wheel drive truck. #2 isn't available for front wheel drive vehicles.

Drive Shaft Coupling

Remco Lube Pump Kits | $150. off & free shipping




The components of either #2 or #3 will cost about $1000, another multiple hundreds to have installed, not to mention the base plate, brake system, and lighting modifications.

You are talking about cost and labor of perhaps over $3,000 for a truck that is 18 years old. Unless you can do the work yourself, I'd think seriously about buying a vehicle that can more cheaply be modified for towing.
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The OP didn't say 2 WD or 4x4.. If 4X4 with a neutral in the transfer case probably OK.. If 2X4 definitely need to disconnect the shaft..
Would make a good towed..Light with room for gear..
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You are absolutely correct, I forgot the 4x4 possibility. A transfer case with a neutral position would make the cost only the baseplate, brakes and light kit.
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I cannot address your particular potential towd. I will say don't be afraid of removing the driveshaft. I tow our FJ Cruiser several times a year. I keep two open end wrenches and baggies in the car. Removal or reinstall takes about five minutes, no jacking, no other tools.

I figure for all the trouble, I have paid myself $500 an hour to lie on my back and turn four bolts repeatedly.

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I cannot address your particular potential towd. I will say don't be afraid of removing the driveshaft. I tow our FJ Cruiser several times a year. I keep two open end wrenches and baggies in the car. Removal or reinstall takes about five minutes, no jacking, no other tools.

I figure for all the trouble, I have paid myself $500 an hour to lie on my back and turn four bolts repeatedly.

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Just make sure you index the position of the driveshaft so putting it back 180 out of orientation doesn't happen.
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From Page 244 of the Owners Manual (you DO have an Owners manual, don't you?):




Recreational Towing All wheels on the ground


Towing your vehicle can be successfully performed by following


the appropriate guidelines for the type of powertrain on the


vehicle to be towed. The following guidelines, by powertrain


combination, are designed to ensure that the transmission is not


damaged due to insufficient lubrication.




4 x 2 Automatic transmission


n Release the parking brake.


n Place transmission gearshift in N (Neutral).


n Maximum speed is 35 mph (56 km/h).


n Maximum distance is 50 miles (80 km).




If a distance of 50 miles (80 km) or speed of 35 mph (56 km/h)
will be exceeded, you must:


n Disconnect the driveshaft at the rear differential and properly
support it under the vehicle.




n Mark the driveshaft and axle flanges to ensure proper
position when reconnecting the driveshaft. Refer to service
manual for proper driveshaft fastener torque specification.




(See the Accessories chapter for information on ordering
service manuals.)




WARNING


When disconnecting/installing the driveshaft, the parking


brake must be set and the wheels blocked to ensure the

vehicle does not roll.


n Maximum speed is 55 mph (88 km/h), unlimited distance.




Page 245 describes how to tow a 4x4 with auto trans. The instructions and limitations are identical to the above, except that you need to put the transfer case in neutral. You still need to drop the driveshaft to tow more than 50 miles.




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