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Old 10-20-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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anyone know if you can tow a 94 Accord

with automatic transmission 4 down? I know you can a standard but not sure about the automatic..
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:05 AM   #2
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Tim,

There is some excellent information available at:

Dinghy Guide and Dinghy Towing
Or,
Towing four wheels down

I think you will find all you want at those links,
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:16 AM   #3
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I believe it's not a problem with the Honda automatics to tow 4 wheel down. My dad towed a Honda Accord auto. for years 4 down. Look in the owners manual. You can also call your local Honda dealer and ask the service manager.
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For many years Honda would send you a letter allowing you to tow automatic Honda's 4-down by following a specific procedure, for some models it was outlined in the Owners Manual. I've heard lately that they do not. If I understand correctly, the '94 Honda Accord with automatic transmission can be towed 4 down using the procedure.

Here's the procedure (found on another forum), Honda owners please correct me if I'm wrong:
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Honda's recommended procedure before towing an automatic has been to start the engine,shift from PARK to DRIVE, then to NEUTRAL, run the engine for 2-3 minutes, then shut off the engine and put the ignition switch to the ACCESSORY position. Avoid shifting to REVERSE during towing preparation, as this has been found to cause failures.
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Yes, most Honda front 2 wheel drive automatic vehicles can be towed 4 down. The reason you may not find this in your owners manual is because Honda never performed any testing to verify it would not damage the transmission. I have seen many different Honda cars being towed 4 down with no concerns from the owners. Honda did release a service bulletin back in '89 that it is ok to tow 4 down, but they never updated the bulletin for newer models. The only exception was the CRV up until a few years ago did state in the owners manual that is was ok to tow 4 down.
Luv2go's quote for towing was correct but a couple things missing. After 8 hours of towing or 300 miles it is recommended to stop and run the trans through all the gears to re-lubricate the transmission internal parts.
Most Important When shifting through the gears go from 1-2-3-N
If the vehicle is accidentally put into reverse then into neutral, reverse can drag which will cause a major transmission failure.
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I would sure appreciate communicating with someone directly that has flat towed an automatic Honda Civic, year models 2000 through 2005. I am looking to purchase a toad and find the selection very limited. Adding the Civic to the list would sure be an advantage. Thanks to anyone who can provide first hand information.
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Check out this older post regarding 4 down Civic towing
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Thanks,
I'm gonna check the Hondas out.
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