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Old 12-10-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Need help

Does anyone know if I can tow, front end on dolly, a 2003 Ford Ranger, 2 wheel drive manual 5 speed.

The manual says 55mph. Do I need to drop the drive shaft? I have gotten different answers from Ford service dept. Now I am going to ask the people who know, that actually tow vehicles.

Please help if you know for sure, thanks, Don

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #2
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I would think you could tow the truck 4 wheels down. I can tow my 2001 Ranger 4 down that way. I don't know how important the 55 mph speed is. I haven't towed my Ranger at more than that, but that's because of the roads I have towed it on.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:23 PM   #3
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Yes. No driveshaft disconnect needed. Put the tranny in neutral, ensure the parking break is off...cinch the dolly straps and go.

The 55 mph thing is possibly more about safety than anything in the truck.

The gears still spinning while in neutral will get lubed from the gear oil in the case...ensure the fluid level is full and u-joints are lubed to prevent any bearing or gear wear issues.

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