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Old 04-25-2011, 07:53 PM   #15
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Not sure you can tow AWD in neutral either. Some can, like the GM & Ford 6 speed auto AWD, while others cannot be towed at all. If you have AWD, rRead the owner manual on towing very carefully.
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:05 PM   #16
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I wish to thank everyone for their input.

We are going to forget about towing the toad with the engine idling as it opens up a real can of worms which maybe worse than running into problems with the Lube Pump. So we will get the Remco Lube Pump installed on the Highlander and keep our fingers crossed.
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I wish to thank everyone for their input.

We are going to forget about towing the toad with the engine idling as it opens up a real can of worms which maybe worse than running into problems with the Lube Pump. So we will get the Remco Lube Pump installed on the Highlander and keep our fingers crossed.
I think you will be happy with your choice. I like you, read many posts about the Remco pump. However, I read more good posts than I did bad. I believe that the negative press came from "hear say" or from individuals that tried to install the system and failed.We had a Remco pump installed on our Buick Rendezvous. We have not had any problems with it. We had our control module mounted to the left of the steering wheel just below the dash. The Remco pump control module has an On-Off switch, Indicator Light and and Audible Alarm. If the toad is attached to the coach, the wiring harness plugged in and the control module is Off, an alarm will sound. If for some reason while driving the wiring harness loses its connection the alarm will sound and the indicator on the control module will be red. If there is no pump pressure their will be an audible alarm and the indicator light will be red.I also installed a battery disconnect switch in the toad.
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Randco,

I really appreciate your comments which reinforce our decision to go with the Remco Lube Pump.

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Gaetan, I as a mechanic think you are making a very wise decision. All the above posts about engine wear, ring grooves & such are true. I would like to add one more thought to the equation about an automatic transmission. It has been my experience that the pump in the tranny at idle is not pushing enough fluid to pump it thru the cooler, therefore you will heat up the tranny & if you don't do major damage you will be the exception. It is bad enough idling a vehicle in park for extended amounts of time, but having the rear shaft & what ever is turning inside as you tow it down the road is just asking for trouble. I have not had any experience with the Remco pump but that seems the best way to go from what I know. There is also a driveshaft disconnect that can be installed on 2 wheel rear wheel drive or 4x4 with a transfer case.
Have you ever thought about getting a Toyota FJ Cruiser, about the same size as the Highlander, but much more offroad capable & you can install the driveshaft disconnect setup.
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Gaetan, I as a mechanic think you are making a very wise decision. All the above posts about engine wear, ring grooves & such are true. I would like to add one more thought to the equation about an automatic transmission. It has been my experience that the pump in the tranny at idle is not pushing enough fluid to pump it thru the cooler, therefore you will heat up the tranny & if you don't do major damage you will be the exception. It is bad enough idling a vehicle in park for extended amounts of time, but having the rear shaft & what ever is turning inside as you tow it down the road is just asking for trouble. I have not had any experience with the Remco pump but that seems the best way to go from what I know. There is also a driveshaft disconnect that can be installed on 2 wheel rear wheel drive or 4x4 with a transfer case.
Have you ever thought about getting a Toyota FJ Cruiser, about the same size as the Highlander, but much more offroad capable & you can install the driveshaft disconnect setup.
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Dan,

Thank you for your explanations.
In so far as the FJ Cruiser, we looked at it and the wife did not like it, so that option did not get very far. The 2011 Highlander is very well rated and my wife loved it right away, so it was a done deal. The Highlander is an AWD with no transfer case and is not designed to go off road.

Again thank you, I feel much better now.
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