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Old 01-04-2021, 07:05 PM   #1
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Flat Towing 2020 Buick Encore GX

Do you flat towed the 2020 buick encore gx in 2 or all wheel drive
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What does the owners manual say?
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It says it can be towed, but doesn't state in 2 or wheel dr.
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Flat Towing 2020 Buick Encore GX

https://my.buick.com/content/dam/gmo...ers-manual.pdf

Page 375
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Old 01-05-2021, 09:11 AM   #5
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You either have a 2 wheel drive (FWD) Encore GX or an all wheel drive Encore GX.
Not both.
You can't flat tow a FWD Encore GX.
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The owner manual is clear (pg 375-377) - the Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models cannot be towed 4-down but the AWD model can. And the FWD can be dolly-towed but the AWD cannot.

The AWD model can be in AWD mode or "normal" driving. I think he is asking if it makes a difference when towing, and, if so, which one?
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Interesting, just read that.
The book does not say to push the AWD button, so I wouldn't. Whatever it is in when you start it is what I'd leave it in.
Just follow the steps.


*edit..Just did some searching and found out that the 2WD has a CVT transmission and the AWD has the 9-speed transmission. That's why you can't tow the 2WD.
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The AWD model can be in AWD mode or "normal" driving. I think he is asking if it makes a difference when towing, and, if so, which one?
Just purchased a 2021 Encore GX AWD for RV towing - Did tommusc get an answer to have it in FWD or AWD mode??

Talked to Buick customer service & look like I'm going to have to open a ticket to get an answer. So posting if anyone here has gotten an answer??

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Has anyone actually followed the steps in the owners manual to get the AWD version ready for flat towing? I can't get the transmission to shift to Neutral without the engine running.

1. Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it to the tow vehicle.
2. Apply the parking brake.
3. Put the vehicle into ACC/ACCESSORY by pressing ENGINE START/STOP one time without the brake pedal applied.
4. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral). The chime will ring continuously for 30 seconds. Leave the transmission in N (Neutral).
5. Release the parking brake.
6. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery. See “Negative Battery Cable
Disconnection” under Battery.
7. Cover the negative battery post with a non-conductive material to prevent any contact with the negative battery terminal.
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Has anyone actually followed the steps in the owners manual to get the AWD version ready for flat towing? I can't get the transmission to shift to Neutral without the engine running.
The manual is incorrect

2021 Chevy Trailblazer as a Toad
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/2021...-492949-2.html

There is a better one that this link - but I can not find it

1. Position the vehicle to tow and then secure it to the tow vehicle.
2. Put the vehicle into Service mode by pressing ENGINE START/STOP for a couple seconds until green light appears "the start button will go from yellow to green".
3. Apply the parking brake.
4. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral). The chime will ring continuously for
30 seconds. Leave the transmission in N (Neutral).
5. Release the parking brake.
6. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery. See “Negative Battery Cable Disconnection”
7. Cover the negative battery post with a non-conductive material to prevent any contact with the negative battery terminal.
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Has anyone actually followed the steps in the owners manual to get the AWD version ready for flat towing? I can't get the transmission to shift to Neutral without the engine running.
Found the link -

https://www.trailblazertalk.com/thre...ailblazer.132/
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Blade Battery Cut off switch

Added this today -

I found it helps if you loosen two ground cables and the nut on the top of the ground connection - it make it fits better and easier to install

1. One goes down along the battery and it held in place by a push pin plastic cable tie - I just pulled it out
2. The ground strap that bolts about 6 inches away needs to be loosen
3. The nut on top of the ground connection to the battery

ORION MOTOR TECH Master Battery Disconnect Switch, Heavy Duty Knife Blade 12V and 24V Battery Cutoff Switch, Top Post Battery Power Shutoff Master Switch for Cars Trucks Boats RVs Motorcycles and More
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DIY Base Plate Installers

The Blue OX base plate is installed

Found some of the instructions have errors -
Step 3 - You remove 3 screws instead of 2
Step 5 - There are no push pins to remove

Really tight space you have to get into for the support plate to frame mount. - I ended up working on it for a couple of hours then taking a long break because its that much of a pain.

The bumper mount takes a lot moving around with a rubber mallet "I used a rolling floor jack to support it in place" to get the eight bolts to line up.

The "Trim Removal Tool Kit below" was a Godsent to get front end off - the two Fastener Remover Pry bars.

To start removing the front end. Start near the wheel well first "near the red rage in the pic below" Then it comes off really easy.


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Watching this thread, please keep posting or PM me with information on taillight wiring kit ,brake setup and battery charge setup. I have 21 encore gx awd waiting on roadmaster baseplate, demco commander ll bar,roadmaster 4 diode taillight wiring kit and thier battery disconnect kit, RViselect 3 brake setup with battery charger and 12v power cord for unit, since battery will be disconnected. Yesterday I called a local buick dealer ask service manager about flatow procedure he read it from his online owners manual it said while car is running put in neutral shut off engine chime will ring, disconnect battery.
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