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Old 09-04-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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Stop for gas starting toad

As a newbie with a tow vehicle 2007 Saturn Vue 4 down when I stop for gas and start the car do I can I leave it in neutral also using the rvi2 braking system do I need to re set it
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I am also going to tow the same vehicle. I have been told that it should be started at each fuel stop and let it run for several minutes
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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Doesn't the Vue use a Honda drivetrain or at least the engine?
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Yes it has both the Honda engine and transmission
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My Honda manual says to run the initial tow procedures every 300 miles. For mine that would be running it through all the gears and then idling in neutral for three minutes. Can't answer about the RVI brake system.
Check your manual on the correct procedures.
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Yes it has both the Honda engine and transmission
Probably the same unit as our '05 Ody has. 3.5 ltr V-6 and 5 speed tranny.

Still strange that Honda disallowed towing the '05 and newer Ody's but Saturn allowed it. Guess the bean counters at Honda got in on it since they thought they would have to replace a few Ody transmissions.

Only towed ours about 5,000 miles so far four down (rest was on a dolly) and so far no problems other than forgetting to take the parking brake off last time out. Oh well, I needed to rebuild the parking brake anyway!
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Every time you start the toad, you will have to reset the RVI brake to purge the vacuum from the system.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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As a newbie with a tow vehicle 2007 Saturn Vue 4 down when I stop for gas and start the car do I can I leave it in neutral also using the rvi2 braking system do I need to re set it
The main reason to start your Vue is to lube the transmission, be sure to run it through the gears as you are running it. Don't know about he braking system.
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Be sure to check your owner's manual for both the Saturn Vue and your brake system, both are the best authority of what to do to properly tow your vehicle.
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I've seen a couple of references here to just "...running it through the gears..." at each stop. If the Saturn has a Honda drive train, it might be worth noting this: in my '04 Element (I can't speak for other Honda chassis) the setup procedure in the OM specifies that you must finish the "through the gears" procedure by letting it sit in Drive for a minute or so, then move to Neutral. They warn that if your final movement is from Reverse to Neutral transmission damage may result. No technical explanation given.

As to the RVi system: I have one also, and if the Saturn has vacuum brakes, then YES, you must recycle the unit after each engine start/stop. This allows the RVi to clear the vacuum system prior to use.
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when I stop for gas and start the car
Hopefully, you will wait until after fueling is completed and you have pulled away from the pump before starting the car.
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