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Old 06-22-2021, 05:32 PM   #1
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Flat-towing Subaru Outback AT...

Hey Everyone,

I am about to apply my brainpower to the TOAD situation now. I want to flat tow a 2008 Subaru Outback with an automatic transmission. Yes, I know people in HELL want Slurpees too... let's focus on the problem at hand, we can help them later.

I want that Subaru as a TOAD, it's the perfect size/weight. I know the whole issue has to be about lubrication... correct? Why can't I use a fluid pump to circulate the transmission fluid while towing? I know a company used to make kits, but it seems they have stopped.

So what's the verdict? It is a 12-year old vehicle, so forget the warranty. I just want to know if the vehicle will survive towing if the tranny fluid is circulated.

Thanks fellow TOADsters...
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The simple answer is yes the transmission will survive if the fluid is circulated with sufficient pressure. The hard part is how you go about getting that done.
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Old 06-22-2021, 05:58 PM   #3
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I don't see why not, at the very least all you have to do is let the engine idle in neutral while towing, then rig up something that will tell you if the engine quit.
I will probably get a zillion posts that say you can't do that.
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Just be aware that the best case outcome should your hack fail would be a destroyed tranny.

The worst case scenario is fire which destroys the toad and spreads to the coach.

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