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Old 07-14-2019, 09:37 PM   #85
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Years ago I was regularly flat towing a Jeep Wrangler YJ with drum brakes on the rear. Did the same trick of trying to tow it with the E brake set. Fortunately I was on dirt and somebody warned me the rear wheels on Jeep were not turning. No tire damage however later discovered that the extra stress on the drum brake anchor pin had bent the backing plate. Soon the brake shoe slipped off the pin and pulled out of the cylinder spitting out the brake fluid. Had to use a Vise Grip to crimp the brake line and drive on.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:32 PM   #86
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My last step before towing is to push by hand my toad backwards until one of the tow bar arms locks (Blue OX). Confirmation the drive train is free and the brakes are off.
We do this if we're hooking up on a flat spot, which is not always the case. More importantly, as we're first rolling with the toad hooked up, we purposely drive a tight 'S' curve in the parking area so we can physically see the tires free rolling on both sides of the car. Doesn't take a lot of room and would show you if the tire were either locked or were dragging or scuffing the pavement. Doing this also allows us to watch the tow bar in the rear-view camera to make sure the arms lock out fully.

And to the OP, you are NOT alone!
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