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Old 06-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Buick Enclave

I am currently dinghy towing a Buick Enclave. I have towed it for about 5000 miles so far. Wondering if any you out there towing a Buick Enclave have experienced any problems dinghy towing? I do the 5 minute thing each time I start and stop. Buick doesn't have much experience with this as far as I can tell. The service adviser didn't even know you could tow the vehicle.

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Old 06-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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I dunno about your Enclave, but I've been towing its sister, my GMC Acadia since 2007, about 45,000 miles so far. What sort of problems are you worried about? We haven't had any once we figured out that GMC has incorrect towing instructions in the owner manual. Ours was the very first Acadia ever towed (the factory prototype tow bar base plates are still on ours). Turns out they had the wrong fuse specified and ourt battery kept going dead. Once we and an astute dealer in Wenatchee, WA, figured that out, all went well.

Dealer personnel seldom know much, if anything, about dinghy towing. And the manufacturer customer hotline reps probably aren't much better.
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I'm also towing an Acadia(2013) and have no issues so far. Most dealers are clueless about dingy towing, however the manual is very detailed and good. It has been very pain free compared to my previous toad. I don't have the miles Gary has but that is reassuring his is still kickin.
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Thanks for your replies. I was interested if anyone was having any transmission problems. I worry about the lubrication and cooling of the fluid.

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Have a 2010 Enclave AWD that I have towed more than 10,000 miles. Knock on Wood, I've never had one problem. I love the car and love taking it with us on trips. See a lot of the GM Enclave/Arcadia/Traverse on the road behind motorhomes. Have talked to other towers and never heard of any problems. Get regular service done at a GM dealer and I feel they would put you wise to anything they see. I don't pull fuzes, have a switch on the grille that disconnects the main fuse. Throw the switch and go! Have pics if you want them. Good Luck, Happy Motoring.
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The transmission in these cars was designed to be 4-down towable, the first GM tranny ever designed from the ground up with that as a design requirement. It works GOOD!
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Bob,

I would appreciate the pics and info about the switch. Send to wrbrown7636@gmail.com

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Underhood switch I built for my Acadia...

(Cover removed from underhood fuse box for photo)

Yellow circle: spade connectors inserted into fuse block
Blue Circle: 50A fuse (replace 50A fuse removed to insert switch)
Green circle: 50A rated switch mounted on firewall next to fuse box
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Great work on the switch. Looks good! I have a 2012 Enclave and when the 2 fuses pulled as per manual, do you lose the memory settings of seats, etc? Also does check engine light come on when restarting?
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Going to change from our Tahoe to the Enclave (2009) to pull, I'd love to see your pictures and the process you used for wiring, also what did you do for your taillights/brake lights.
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Underhood switch I built for my Acadia...

(Cover removed from underhood fuse box for photo)

Yellow circle: spade connectors inserted into fuse block
Blue Circle: 50A fuse (replace 50A fuse removed to insert switch)
Green circle: 50A rated switch mounted on firewall next to fuse box
That is an excellent idea, I used a battery disconnect on my battery on my 2004 GMC Denali (I also had a transmission lube pump from Remco) but this would work just as well I'm sure.
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Does anyone know, can a battery cutoff switch be used? just kill all power to the car right at the battery.
Seems like that would be simple and cheap.
my 2010 Enclave says to pull the 50 amp BATT1 and the 15 amp ECM, some of the newer models say to pull the OnStar fuse too.
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