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Old 06-08-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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towing an S-10, How?

Looking at small trucks to tow. 1987 to 1997 vintage. Manual tx and 2wd. Know the 1993-1997 Ranger can be towed but how about the S-10s in that range? Search of the forums seems to indicate drive shaft disconnect called for. Any one with experience to the contrary? That is for a 2wd, manual tx, S-10/Sonoma in the above listed years? Thanks
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Also wondering about the Nissan pickups in that time frame. I can't find a owners manual to look at in the 90s. Thanks
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It appears the S-10 has limitations on towing so will rule that one out. Thanks
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As long as you are talking standard tranny and rear wheel drive, I see no reason why any of them cannot be towed. The drive disconnect is for automatic trannys and 2WD. Front drive is less sure - a few FWD standard trannys still rely on hydraulic fluid for cooling when underway, even in neutral.
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I can't imagine why any, 4X2, rear wheel drive, manual transmission vehicle could not be towed 4 on the ground.
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It appears the S-10 has limitations on towing so will rule that one out. Thanks
The S10 Blazer until 1995 had a manual 4x4 available in addition to the pushbutton style. Should be the same years with pickup versions. The manual 4x4 versions are towable. These are harder to find than a pushbutton 4x4 S10.
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I agree it would seem that a 2wd manual set up would be good to go, but guess the transmission heats up. I checked the 1994 and the 1997 s-10, 2wd, manual tx, handbooks and they are limited to 60 miles per hour and 200 miles distance in one case and 500 miles distance in the other case. Doesn't say what one can do to recycle the distance limitation. Maybe could live with the 500 mile limit but will pass and look for something that will be more flexible. Mid nintys Ranger seems to be OK and looking at Nissans and Toyotas in the pick up line and the Honda CRV to see if that might work as well. Thanks
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