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Old 04-01-2008, 05:40 AM   #1
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I picked up a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 5 speed on the strength of the Motorhome guide indicating it was 4 down towable. I had to order a manual for the car since the original was missing. I get it and it says that it can only be towed on a dolly? It doesn't make any differentiation regarding the type of transmission. Can anyone shed any light on why a 5 speed wouldn't be towable 4 down?
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I picked up a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 5 speed on the strength of the Motorhome guide indicating it was 4 down towable. I had to order a manual for the car since the original was missing. I get it and it says that it can only be towed on a dolly? It doesn't make any differentiation regarding the type of transmission. Can anyone shed any light on why a 5 speed wouldn't be towable 4 down?
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Old 04-01-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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Doesn't make sense to me...would think if you put the manual tranny in neutral and release the emergency brake, you could tow it just fine.
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Old 04-01-2008, 05:02 PM   #4
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It depends on how the transmission is lubricated. Some are lubricated by the output shaft and some by the input shaft.

So make sure that the owners manual allows manual towing before you committ.

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As TXiceman says, it all depends on the transmission and how its gets its lubrication. It is not unusual for a front drive manual transaxle to be non-towable for this reason.

Don't know why the Dinghy Guide says the manual is towable, but only the guides back to 2002 are available online. Maybe it was different in 1998. Or maybe the 5 speed is an optional tranny and the Dinghy refers to a different one that is standard equipment?
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I guess I had better talk with Remco.
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I just looked at Remco's website and the only thing they list is for the 4 speed automatic for that year. I think I am going to be OK.
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It wouldn't hurt to give Remco a call to be sure.

They are known to be quite helpful and friendly.
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Good idea, I will do that.
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I called Remco and they stated it would not be a problem towing 4 down. I did notice that the miles do run up when you are coasting, out of gear. I guess that is just the way it will be.
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The Speedo is electric and as long as you have the key in off,not the engine run on,the millage will not add! You should run the trans a couple of minutes before you go in tow as that will help circulate fluid and also when you turn of the key leave the key in the Just off position as that will keep the steering free and not locked. You should have a second key made so you can lock the doors!
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Hey, thanks Dan. I was hoping there would be some way to prevent those towed miles showing up. I told the lady at Remco that I figured a pair of wire cutters would do it! I have already had the extra keys made. I hope I remember to not turn it off to lock, that would be a real bone-head move for sure.
Now, to order that base plate from RoadMaster....
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I wouldn't do that!! It Just might tear the tires right off the wheels!! Once would break me of that!! Good Luck and safe travels, Dan
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