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Old 11-24-2020, 07:30 PM   #1
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Towing with a Stehl tow dolly . We are towing a 2018 Equinox using the basket type straps. There is a tight clearance between the tire and something very sharp.I have felt behind the strap , finding it is very close to my suspension. I think I have clearance only to find I am wrong. Every time I remove the straps they are cut ! Is anyone towing an Equinox having this problem? If , so what do I need to do?
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Went through 4 pairs of straps !
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Stick your cellphone behind the tire and start taking random pictures or do a video.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:14 PM   #3
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If your straps are like my Stiehl Tow straps, you can make the basket oval smaller by pulling it thru the steel ring.

That will cause the straps to ride higher on the sidewalls of the tire.

The top loop does not have to be tight against the tire.Click image for larger version

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If your straps are like my Stiehl Tow straps, you can make the basket oval smaller by pulling it thru the steel ring.

That will cause the straps to ride higher on the sidewalls of the tire.

The top loop does not have to be tight against the tire.Attachment 309189
Those straps were replaced after being cut, have been using the basket type strap, with two hooks . What your saying make sense. Seems to be very tight clearance , between tire and suspension. Am I the only one that has had this problem towing an Equinox, if not are there other solutions??
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:52 PM   #5
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Not familiar with the Equinox, but when I was using a Acme dolly with an Accord I had a similar issue if I let the strap sit a tad low on the inside. The solution I found was to put a Kevlar strap sleeve on the basket strap. The Acme straps had removable hooks at one end so it was possible to thread the strap trough the sleeve. Not sure if this will work in Your situation but wanted to throw this idea out.

Just did a bit of research they do make a sandwich sleeve with Velcro on one side. That should work on any configuration.
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Same problem in 1993 towing a Dodge Caravan, wife had to drive chase. Again in 2014 and in 2017 towing a 1997 Saturn. Strap seems to get cut on the strut. I finally quit pushing my luck and decided to flat tow a Jeep wrangler.
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I just flat towed our Equinox. No issues in around 30k miles.
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When I was towing a Sonata on an Acme dolly I had to adjust the very top cross-strap so it rode higher on the inside of the tire to assure I had enough clearance between the strap and the shock tower, kind of as twinboat noted. If I could not comfortably get a finger between the strap and the shock tower I knew I was too close.

If you're not getting on your back each time you install the straps and physically checking their positioning you likely cannot be assured that the straps will clear when it's that tight underneath.

Once I had the proper positioning I took a picture of the wheel. Then I could look at the cross-strap stitching each time and see that it was always in the same place on the tire and I knew I probably was good to go. I still double-checked because I had to get underneath to install the safety chains.

Unless you have a 2018 Equinox with the 2.0L engine and/or the 9-speed transmission or gas with AWD, you probably can install a baseplate and flat tow it if you're so inclined. This limitation was removed in the 2019 model year. From the 2018 Equinox Owners Manual:

Dinghy Towing
Front-wheel-drive (1.5 L Gas FWD/1.6 L Diesel) and all-wheel-drive (1.6 L Diesel only) vehicles may be dinghy towed from the front. These vehicles can also be towed by placing them on a platform trailer with all four wheels off of the ground. All other engine/transmission combinations must be towed by platform trailer. Also see the information on dolly towing later in this section.

Dolly Towing (All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles)
All-wheel-drive vehicles cannot be towed with two wheels on the ground. To properly tow these vehicles, they should be placed on a platform trailer with all four wheels off of the ground.

Note that first section has odd wording because the Owner's Manual does note that FWD vehicles can be towed on a dolly.

I now flat tow a 2020 Equinox AWD with the 2.0L and 9-speed.

FWIW,

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We flat tow a 2017 Equinox and a strong consideration when buying it was that we could flat tow it. There are 6 Equinoxes in our winter park of various years and all are flat towed.
Ditch the dolly and save a lot of agrivation!
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There is different kinds of equinox, I'm interested in the 2014 4cly awd ltz. The death wobble are effecting some of these. I need more from all which ones they have.
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There is different kinds of equinox, I'm interested in the 2014 4cly awd ltz. The death wobble are effecting some of these. I need more from all which ones they have.
The towing procedure in the pre-2018 Equinoxes was incorrect and later revised by GM. Please see the attached PDF. Pulling the fuse indicated in the Owners Manual for the 4-cylinder engine could cause the death wobble in pre-2018 cars.

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I had a similar problem with a 2013 Buick Verano. Something rather sharp on the suspension or transaxle and very close to the back side of the wheel. Darn near cut one strap completely through! Never could see exactly what it was, even when crawling underneath, but I adjusted the basket straps to ride higher so it didn't contact whatever it was.


It doesn't need to be a knife edge to cut when the car suspension is continuously flexing for hundreds of miles.
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