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Old 06-23-2010, 10:14 PM   #1
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Towing a 1996 Toyota 4wd 4Runner

I have a DEMCO tow dolly that I use to tow my PT Crusier. We are making a trip soon and another couple is making the trip with us. We need to know if it is possible to tow this couples 1996 4WD 4Runner on the tow dolly without having to disconnect the drive shaft. Help......
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Depends a lot on the total weight of the vehicle and the dolly, and what the towing capacity is of your coach. What does your owners manual say about towing?
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Very few 4 wheel drive vehicles are capable of being towed on a dolly (one set of wheels on the ground). I believe you will have to tow it on a trailer..

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As you have been told here and on other forums, NO automatic Toyota 4wd or 2wd can be towed 4 down without driveline modifications. It will cause bearing damage to the transmission due to lack of lubrication. I am a Toyota Certified Master Technician.
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Thanks for your help. I would be towing the 4Runner on a tow dolly. Is that a problem too?
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If the rear drive shaft is connected, yes. The drive shaft turns any time the rear wheels turn. The drive shaft is connected to the rear output shaft of the transmission / transfer which has bearings attached that will be turning without lubrication. The rear drive shaft would have to be disconnected.
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Thanks to all for the info. I've been trying to tell the folks who want to bring their '96 4WD automatic 4Runner on our trip that the drive shaft would have to be disconnected. They seem to think it does not. I'll pass on again all that I received from all of you.

Thanks very much for the input.
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Even if they insist, I would not tow the 4-Runner unless they get a trailer so they can get all 4 wheels off the ground.

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Thanks again for all your information. The folks that are travelling with us have decided not to take their 4Runner. We will tow our PT Crusier as we have done in the past.
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I have a 1999 part time 4WD with an automatic transmission.

If I put the transfer case in Neutral, how can it damage the transmission??

For that matter, there is no oil pump for the transfer case, so other than the output bearing on the transfer case, what harm could be done?
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