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Old 06-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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long term effect towing 4 wheels down

What are the long term effects on the tow vehicle being towed 4 wheels down assuming that you have a tow vehicle that can be towed and you have the proper tow bar set up correctly. Are there any adverse effects to the front tires, steering, transmission or other areas.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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I can't imagine any long term effect accept ware and tare on the wheel bearings, tires. I do all the usual fluid changes and maintenance including the towed miles. Rear end oil changes. Transmission oil changes and repackage front bearings at the recommend intervals.
I've towed for over 20k miles plus driving the jeep 10k miles so I count that as 30k miles. Seems to work good for me.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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We have about 35,000 miles towing a dodge mini van with the remco lube pump for the transmission. So far it has not affected anything on the van. We had a tow dolly but it was just a pain to deal with at the camp grounds if we had to unhook it.

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Old 06-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #4
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What are the long term effects on the tow vehicle being towed 4 wheels down assuming that you have a tow vehicle that can be towed and you have the proper tow bar set up correctly. Are there any adverse effects to the front tires, steering, transmission or other areas.

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I tow an '03 GMC Envoy, 4 wheel drive 6 cyl. It has 130k on the odometer and another 50k towing that does not show. Knock wood. No major issues at this point. Working on the 3rd set of tires and 3rd battery. This includes a 15k round trip tow to Alaska.
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Yup, just treat the moving components to include the towed miles service-wise.
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On my Toyota 4X4 pickup I have 80 K on the odometer and am on my 4th set of tires. All the rest is OEM.

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I have 40+k miles on my 2007 Saturn Vue. Started out with OEM and 33k miles by previous owner. Put on one set of tires. Test them recently and decided to put on another set. So wear and tear on tires and mechanical parts would be the only concern that I have had. To date, I have replace one wheel bearing very early on the first 10k and no mechanical problems since. (Knock on wood.)
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Thanks I am towing a new 2013 Chevy Sonic automatic transmission. I follow the Chevy manual instructions and it tows great. I will keep track of the towed miles for ongoing maintenance and that is something that I had not even thought about. Thanks again for the input.
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I have towed four wheels down for over twenty years. A 93 mazda pickup and two Honda Civic's. No problems. I put almost two hundred thousand miles on the 2002 Civic and never had the front aligned on any of them. The tires always wore evenly.
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I towed a 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha edition until recently. Put 53,000 on odometer and towed 33,000 miles that didn't show. No issues with four wheel towing. Just serviced it regularly.
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We've towed our 04 Jeep Wrangler 75,000 miles and driven it another 37,000. So far the only difference between towing it and driving it is that it uses gas when it's driven.
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Had a 93 Suzuki Sidekick 4wd- towed behind 2 motorhomes over 15 years, only problem was cupping on the front tires, had tires "trued" and then rotated annually and that cured the problem. Have been towing the Suzuki Grand Vitara since 2008 with no cupping or ill effects.
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We've towed our 04 Jeep Wrangler 75,000 miles and driven it another 37,000. So far the only difference between towing it and driving it is that it uses gas when it's driven.
I hear conflicting info. I just bought a 2000 Jeep Wrangler as a toad. So - If the transfer case is in neutral and the manual tran's in gear, does towed miles show on the odometer?
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We have 150,000 miles on our 2005 Saturn Vue, ~35000 of that towing over the years. no problems at all.
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