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Old 02-16-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if you can flat tow a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 2 wheel drive? Dealer is sketchy at best.
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Does anyone know if you can flat tow a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 2 wheel drive? Dealer is sketchy at best.
What does the owner's manual say about recreational towing??
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What does the owner's manual say about recreational towing??
The CVT transmission is the problem, no pump manufactured for it.
I tow my '06 FWD Murano on a dolly. My '14 AWD Pathfinder can't be towed other than on a trailer.
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The owners manual does not say per say, the dealership said because it is front wheel drive, it can be "tow dollied" as it is front wheel drive as the AWD function can be turned off on the dash, but they didn't seem real confident with their answer, and I have been unable to get anything online through Nissan. Just wondering if anyone else on here had first hand knowledge. We sold our Tiffin several months ago and are looking for our new retirement wheels, and many that we have looked at already have the Blue Ox with them, so I thought I'd ask. We have a tow dolly and a 2004 VW convertible that we can use if we find we cannot tow the Pathfinder, ut just wanted to check our options.
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We kind of have our "new" choices narrowed down to a 2008 Monaco Safari Simba, a 2007 National Pacifica QS40C, and a 2006 Mandalay 40G. Any feed back on any of these to stay away from?
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Does anyone know if you can flat tow a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 2 wheel drive? Dealer is sketchy at best.
I don;t see it listed in the 2013 Towing Guide. http://www.royrobinsonrv.com/images/...yGuide2013.pdf
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Reading the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder's Owners Manual it clearly states that flat towing any automatic transmission vehicle will cause damage to the transmission: Page 9-28 states the following




Failure to follow these guidelines can
result in severe transmission damage.


Whenever flat towing your vehicle, always
tow forward, never backward.


DO NOT tow any automatic transmission
vehicle with all four wheels on the
ground (flat towing). Doing so WILL
DAMAGE internal transmission parts
due to lack of transmission lubrication.


For emergency towing procedures refer
to “Towing recommended by NISSAN”
in the “In case of emergency” section of
this manual.
Continuously Variable Transmission
To tow a vehicle equipped with a continuously
variable transmission, an appropriate vehicle
dolly


MUST be placed under the towed vehicle’s
drive wheels.

Always follow the dolly manufacturer’s
recommendations when using their product.
9-28


Also if it is AWD as you stated then it MUST be towed on a trailer. The Nissan AWD system cannot be "turned off" as you were told. Nissan uses a viscous coupling style transfer case design that will be damaged if one set of drive wheels is turning and the other set of wheels is stationary. Simply look in the manual at the emergency towing diagrams to see that AWD models cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground.

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