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Towing a 4x4 Auto Trans

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by JnJnKatiebug, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Nov 21, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    JnJnKatiebug

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    I am looking for answers concerning towing my Tacoma. It is an 04 SR5 4x4 Auto Trans with a manual shift transfer case. I have the towbar mounted and installed a driveshaft disconnect from a company called Remco and have towed it behind a motorhome several thousand miles. The driveshaft disconnect is a piece of junk and I would like to remove it but I do not want to destroy my tranny. According to the owners manual the Taco is not towable.

    I have towed a GM product with the same setup and according to the owners manual you just put the transfer case in netural and the trans in park and tow away. I asked the local Toyota shop dude what was the difference in the GM and the Toyota transmission and he said "they are just different". Wow, I was impressed.

    My question is this, why can't the Tacoma be towed with the transfer case in neutral and tranny in park like a GM.

    If it is a liability problem with Toyota I am not worried about that.
     
  2. Nov 21, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    Tacoyota

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    Mine is electronic, no neutral. Cant speak for yours though.
     
  3. Nov 21, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    Mine is manual transfer case with neutral. It does have a 4x4 shift on the fly button on the side of the transfer case shifter.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2009 at 5:23 PM
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    Ahh,ok.

    My only guess then is maybe something to do with the transmission or x'fer case.
    Could using a dolly to raise the front work? Think my manual shows that.... I'll check.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2009 at 5:29 PM
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    Mine can't be dinghy towed either, could be the front isn't re-enforced enough for that, maybe axle windmilling from the front axle, someone said why here or on T.N. , but I just don't recall.
     
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