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Old 04-02-2006, 08:15 AM   #1
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I have a 2001 Chev Tracker 4wd A/T What position does the transmission have to be in and how fast can I tow it?
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Old 04-02-2006, 08:15 AM   #2
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I have a 2001 Chev Tracker 4wd A/T What position does the transmission have to be in and how fast can I tow it?
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:58 AM   #3
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nick12, welcome to iRV2.com. If it is a true 4wd then the transfer case should be in neutral and the transmission can be in park. If it is an all wheel drive then you will want to investigate that it can be towed four flat. CHeck the owners manual for towing the car. It will instruct you as to how if it is possible. Good luck and enjoy our website and forum.
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I towed a tracker and there is another consideration, the front wheel hubs have to be unlocked. You should check that there are manual hubs, if not verify that the auto hubs will not lock up automatically..
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Old 04-02-2006, 07:53 PM   #5
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Our Tracker has automatic hubs in front-just put transfer case in neutral and transmission in park-nothing else except make sure emergency brake is off. Our usual speed is 60-65 MPH with no problems.
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:57 AM   #6
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Nick,
We have a 2003 Tracker and previously towed a 2000. Just put the transfer case in neutral and the automatic tranny in Park. The hubs will unlock automatically, but check the indicator light on the dashboard to make sure the "4WD" indicator is NOT lit. Key should be on to unlock the steering wheel, so make sure radio, fans, etc. are turned off to save the battery. The owners manual says you can tow up to 55 mph and must stop every 200 miles and run the engine a couple minutes to pump the hydrualic fluids through the tranny to relubricate it internally.

We routinely tow at higher speeds when on interstates, 65-68 mph. We always follow the 200 mile procedure, but I know people who have always ignored that too.
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Old 04-03-2006, 07:14 AM   #7
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> We routinely tow at higher speeds when on interstates, 65-68 mph. We always follow the 200 mile procedure, but I know people who have always ignored that too.
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We have a 99 manual trans and the book says to run it every 200 mile also. I can understand an auto but why run a manual trans???
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Thanks, We had a jeep prior to the tracker. It got into an arguement with a guard rail.
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nick12, Welcome to the IRV2 website, check with your local GM dealer, he should be able to give you guidelines on how fast and how long you can tow your Tracker behind yor coach. Ed.S
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I can understand an auto but why run a manual trans??? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Maybe to circulate fluid in the transfer case? Don't know - I've wondered about that myself and never seen an authorative answer.
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There are some standard trannies around, I believe the Tracker among them, that have the output shaft located above the level of lubricant. Running the engine spins the input shaft and the cluster gearsets and splashes lube around inside the trans, lubing the output side.. Without the engine running, there is no lubrication to the output shaft and bearings, which turn as the vehicle is towed down the road. I have never done so, but I have heard of folks overfilling the transmission to cause the level of lubricant to include the output shaft and its bearings. They claim it works well..rgr...
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