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Old 06-13-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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Is anyone towing a 02 Tacoma 4x4 with auto xmsn and manual transfer case? I would like to tow mine 4 down. I can't get anybody to explain to me why you can't put the transfer case in netural and tow it. I would like to avoid a drive shaft disconnect if possible.
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Is anyone towing a 02 Tacoma 4x4 with auto xmsn and manual transfer case? I would like to tow mine 4 down. I can't get anybody to explain to me why you can't put the transfer case in netural and tow it. I would like to avoid a drive shaft disconnect if possible.
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The main reason is that Tpyota will not honor the warranty on your transmission if you do so.

As to what actually may be harmed (or not), I cannot say. Transmissions need to circulate fluid to lube their working parts and, depending on torque converter and tranny design, some internal parts may still be turning even when being towed. We know Toyota is very conservative on this issue, so chances are you could tow as you say. If you decide to gamble on it, I would suggest stopping ever 200 miles and running the engine with tranny in gear (Xfer still in neutral) for a couple minutes to circulate tranny fluid in torque converter and tranny.
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