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Old 09-07-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Towing with lube pump

Hi All,
We have a Chevy Impala that we might tow next year. The owners manual states that it must be towed with a dolly. The Remco website says it's OK to put one of their pumps on it and tow it 4down. Anyone done this with a front wheel drive car?

Pros and cons?

I'd rather not have to babysit a dolly but turning over the tranny etc. seems like a lot of wear.

Thanks,

Bob
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Old 09-07-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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I towed my late 2001 Nissan Maxima about 60,000 miles using the remco pump. In spite of bad installation and installation instructions, I got it working. I worked like a champ. The reason for the bad instructions was that my Max was a 'special edition' with lousy documentation. I suspect it was made with leftover parts from other models.

Anyway, it had 120K miles with another 60K towed when it died a violent death from a 70 MPH T-Bone from a pick-up in June.


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Hi All,

We have a Chevy Impala that we might tow next year. The owners manual states that it must be towed with a dolly. The Remco website says it's OK to put one of their pumps on it and tow it 4down. Anyone done this with a front wheel drive car?

Pros and cons?

I'd rather not have to babysit a dolly but turning over the tranny etc. seems like a lot of wear.

Thanks,

Bob
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Old 09-08-2009, 06:17 AM   #3
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I had one on my PT for years...Alaska and back with no problems...I now have a tow bar..the pump served me well....
you will hear horror stories but no system or user is perfect. good luck
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I have used a tow dolly and a Remco. Neither is perfect but I would choose a Remco over a tow dolly anyday just based on convenience.
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We are currently towing a 2004 LeSabre with a Remco lube pump. Have over 18,000 miles and no problems with the pump or their tow bar.
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In an automatic transmission the parts most likely to fail are the clutches, the bearings will outlast them 2 or 3 times over at least, and can easliy last hundreds of thousands of miles if properly lubed.

GM, in writing the manual, does not admit to the existance of 3rd party vendors such as Remco.. Thus, as far as GM is concerned, no 4-down towing.

Remco has a better way, and a better way still.

I tow my Lumina with the transmission in PARK of all gears.

Yup, I have a Remco Axle lock.
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Our PT has over 7 years of towing with the Remco pump and no problems. There are over 30,000 on the towing and double that on the PT. My wife is a hotrodder so we are on our 3rd set of tires on the PT.
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Our PT has over 7 years of towing with the Remco pump and no problems. There are over 30,000 on the towing and double that on the PT. My wife is a hotrodder so we are on our 3rd set of tires on the PT.
The wife is a hotrodder? Ya, suurre.
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That was all pretty positive stuff and also what I wanted to hear. Dollies gotta be a bother. Thanks to you all!

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I am also glad to see so many positive comments. I have talked with a couple of people that are using the Remco lube pump and they were also pleased. We have a 2004 Buick Rendezvous that is paid for and is very comfortable.

We are planning to use the Remco pump. Did any of you that have used the pump install it yourself? If you had a dealer install it can you give me a ballpark price for the installation?
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