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Old 01-24-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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All cars may be flat towed

Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:19 AM   #2
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
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.
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Yup, don't worry about it stalling out and melting the transmission or overheating and melting the engine.

Don't forget to set the brake controller to a light touch. Don't want square tires. ( probably don't need that either )

Everything has its risks.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:30 AM   #4
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Doesn't this assume that the transmission gets lubrication in neutral? Cars aren't designed to be driven in neutral, so there's no guarantees.
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
Are you serious? So you want to go on a 3,000 mile trip and let your car engine idle the entire time.
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I'm not sure I would want to risk that with any CVT transmission either. Or most types of AWD (all-wheel drive), many of which must be trailered, even if only being moved a few miles.

But for many automatic trannys, what the OP says is true, Besides, it's your transmission at risk, not his...
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
Sounds like a wonderful plan..............
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Just hitch it up, start the engine, put it in neutral and drive off. Fuel consumption will be minimal.
You posted this in the wrong forum. It should be in the Humor and Funny Stories Forum.
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Not unheard of. Met a few folks that were doing that. Don't have any back stories yet.
One was on a 12 Jeep JK, properly set up for 4 down, but no aux brake. Said he just felt safer if it was running. He knew that with an active brake vac tank the tires would get square.
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I am really thinking the OP is speaking for true life towing practice's of his.............
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Not only do I regularly see all sorts of cars being flat towed that aren't capable according to the factory, but I see them being triple towed. Imagine a minivan towing an midsized sedan towing another midsized sedan. Of course, no working lights or license plates either on any of the vehicles as they all seem to be making a beeline for Laredo.
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Just as I thought..........
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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 .
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Cwsqbm I see it regularly heading south from St. Louis .
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