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Old 01-24-2016, 12:39 PM   #15
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It's not as dumb as many of you think . Many automatic transmissions that cannot be flat towed , can be flat towed with a pump . This pump is moving the fluid inside the transmission . When the engine is running it is turning the front pump on must transmissions . While this theory isn't true for ALL cars with automatic transmissions , it does hold true for many & isn't as crazy as some of you may think .
What is crazy is the OPs thread title "ALL"
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Old 01-24-2016, 12:41 PM   #16
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What is crazy is the OPs thread title "ALL"
He is just combining the ones that can with the ones that are not......."All"
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Boy, that's what I would surely want to do, let my toad engine idle all over the U.S. while towing it, NOOOOOOTTTT!
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.

I don't the negative air space behind the coach will provide enough cooling for the toads radiator.
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
Short distances, yes, Long distances, No, they can not, Even tow trucks need to flat-bed them and some cars you need to do special stuff before you flat bed them.

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I don't the negative air space behind the coach will provide enough cooling for the toads radiator.
You don't what?
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But all the towed miles roll up on the odometer.

Also having the power brake system active will effect the operation of toad brake systems, shortening brake life.
DUH! just tow it backwards on the way back from your trip and you will reverse all the miles you added.[satire intended]
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Are you serious? So you want to go on a 3,000 mile trip and let your car engine idle the entire time.
This is not a joke.My friend towed his Ford Taurus from Connecticut to Louisiana and used 1/2 tank of gas. No overheating or anything. CVT transmissions may be another issue. Lots of you buy expensive cars and use them as toads. Cheap ones would be better just in case.
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The only thing crazy about this was the word "all". "Most" is certainly true, though.

The "I see it all the time" reports don't mean much, cause damage from towing is rarely instant and often not universal anyway. In most transmission it is ok for several miles, and probably a few hundred. Maybe even a few thousand, especially if conditions are ideal rather than worst case.

But that's just my opinion, and worth every penny you paid for it.
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..............as long as you don't lose spare toad key
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Maybe, maybe not! If I had a car that the manufacturer said couldn't be towed 4-down, I wouldn't be brave enough to do it under ANY circumstances!
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Many years ago I read an article in Popular Mechanics or Popular Science about towing cars with automatic transmissions, engine running and in gear. Have also seen more current comments about vehicles Mexico bound the same way. Not what I would do, but; seems plausible with a camera or engine "on" indicator.
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