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Old 06-21-2017, 08:52 PM   #1
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Flat towing RWD automatic

Just purchased 06 Ranger w/automatic transmission. I have researched and found out I cant flat tow it without a driveline disconnect.
Until I can raise $1800 to purchase a Remco and have it installed, Ive read I can leave the engine running and this will keep the transmission lubed.
Anyone had this problem and what did you do to fix it without the $1800 purchase.
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You can disconnect the driveshaft at the differential. Just be sure to mark the U-joint and Diff so you install it again properly indexed. Putting a Remco disconnect and all the other mods to tow the 11 year old truck might be better spent on investing in a vehicle that can be towed without all the modifications.
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Old 06-21-2017, 09:07 PM   #3
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In most cases it will work. Make real sure that it doesn't drop into gear while towing.

Another option is to pull the driveshaft while you tow. Depending on the fluid level in the trans you might need to fit an extra front yoke to keep the fluid from leaking out of the tailshaft.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Unless the vehicle is factory-certified for flat towing I would NOT, under any circumstances, tow it!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Just purchased 06 Ranger w/automatic transmission. I have researched and found out I cant flat tow it without a driveline disconnect.
Until I can raise $1800 to purchase a Remco and have it installed, Ive read I can leave the engine running and this will keep the transmission lubed.
Anyone had this problem and what did you do to fix it without the $1800 purchase.
Well Sir,
The one main problem I see with your theory is, if for some reason, that engine should die while idling, guess what, your tranny is TOAST and, you'll have ZERO warning or notice that it happened. Then, you get to spend a whole lot more than $1800 to correct it or, junk it and go buy a vehicle that's flat towable. Now, how often does an engine die while idling you'd ask? Well, not a clue but, I wouldn't even think about it, just like I don't like the idea of lube pumps either. I just purchase a vehicle that's FLAT TOWABLE without any mods. I also wouldn't get under a vehicle to disconnect or reconnect any drive shaft, if someone paid me to. It's all a matter of choice.

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I've never towed with the engine running. but if I did, I'd take every precaution to ensure the engine is running. Easy Pezy...

I bought a couple 12 volt remote control switches for another project. I'd wire one of these to the Oil pressure switch to transmit an alarm if the engine looses oil pressure. A warning light can be installed on the MH dash and wired up to the remote controlled relay. The range on these things is a couple hundred feet.

Another option -

Buy a bluetooth or wifi OBDII scanner and plug it into your toad. Install the Torque app on your smartphone to monitor the engine. Set the alarms to go off if temp goes above 225 or the rpm drops below 500.

I'm not sure if the Torque app can be set to alarm if it looses communications.

Not sure what the range is. i.e. can you put the smartphone on the dash or will it need to be mounted closer to the toad.
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Well Sir,
The one main problem I see with your theory is, if for some reason, that engine should die while idling, guess what, your tranny is TOAST and, you'll have ZERO warning or notice that it happened. Then, you get to spend a whole lot more than $1800 to correct it or, junk it and go buy a vehicle that's flat towable. Now, how often does an engine die while idling you'd ask? Well, not a clue but, I wouldn't even think about it, just like I don't like the idea of lube pumps either. I just purchase a vehicle that's FLAT TOWABLE without any mods. I also wouldn't get under a vehicle to disconnect or reconnect any drive shaft, if someone paid me to. It's all a matter of choice.

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I with Fire Up. I sold a 2006 Ranger because of the flat tow problem and bought a manual. Never a problem.
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