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Old 06-11-2012, 10:18 AM   #1
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Can this be towed 4 wheels down?

1998 s10 pickup automatic 4x2 4cyl engine?

Have one I can get VERY cheap with 84k miles on it.

Would it have to be modified?

I could disconnect the driveshaft easy enough would that be enough? If so, I will have to find a base plate kit.

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Check out either Remco or Motorhome Magazine websites. They both offer great reference material on what is and isn't towable.

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Could not find 1998 information on Remco site, it allows me to "pick" the vehicle but clicking on the item produces no results.
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Well, I got surprised.

I just went to Motorhome Mag's site Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine and found that their guides dating back to 2000 (which should include 1998) are still available, but they want $1.99 for all but the most recent guide.

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I would gladly pay the $1.99 if I was trying to make the decision. In looking over the last three years of the dinghy guide, I found that almost every single American made vehicle with a manual trans is towable. I don't think the OP mentioned the transmission type.
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I would gladly pay the $1.99 if I was trying to make the decision. In looking over the last three years of the dinghy guide, I found that almost every single American made vehicle with a manual trans is towable. I don't think the OP mentioned the transmission type.
OOPS! I did not read the read the post carefully enough, they said auto trans. It is a good bet, that year vehicle wouldn't be towable without some trans modification.
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The only thing is if it's auto or manual. Manual is no problem...neutral and key on with battery unhooked. Some autos they say it will mess up the tranny even in neutral.
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Call or email Roadmaster and they will give you an answer.

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The only thing is if it's auto or manual. Manual is no problem...neutral and key on with battery unhooked. Some autos they say it will mess up the tranny even in neutral.
Even some manual trans are not towable. Depends on how the trans is lubed. Most are "splash" from the gears driven by the output shaft so they're OK. A few are lubed by splash from the input shaft, if the engine isn't running no lube is splashed.
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I just went to the web site and they do have a base plate for the S-10, you might need to call them about towing the automatic 4 down, worse case you might need a driveline quick disconnect. Let us know how this ends.
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Even some manual trans are not towable. Depends on how the trans is lubed. Most are "splash" from the gears driven by the output shaft so they're OK. A few are lubed by splash from the input shaft, if the engine isn't running no lube is splashed.
Doesn't matter if you put it in neutral because nothing is turning. That's the whole idea of putting it in neutral.
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jimbo, problem is output shaft is spining inside gears with no oil being tossed around.



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jimbo, problem is output shaft is spinning inside gears with no oil being tossed around.



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