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towing a taco with an automatic transmission question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hansel, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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    Hansel

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    I have a 2003 base Tacoma with an automatic transmission.

    Question:

    I plan on towing this taco about 10 to 15 miles with a large PU using a tow rope. Can I put the ignition to the on position, put the transmission in neutral, and tow the Taco with all for wheels on the ground without doing any damage to the automatic transmission?

    I'm almost positive this would not be an issue for a manual transmission, but it might damage the automatic.

    I hope there are some experts out there who know the answer. Thanks!
     
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  2. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:24 AM
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    I don't see a problem. That's a pretty good distance though.

    Meaning safety wise. A dolly from uhaul is only like $35. Most rollbacks in my area will tow anything within a 35 mile radius for $35.
     
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  3. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:38 AM
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    Good advice Matic, I think I'll get the dolly. This will also make it less stressful. I remember as a youngster, helping my dad when towing a vehicle with a chain. he'd get pissed if i let any slack get in the chain....stressful :.)

    But even with the dolly, the back (driving) wheels will still be on the ground.

    I'd like to get the opinions of several people regarding that it will be safe to tow it about 15 miles or so without doing damage to the automatic transmission. Just want to make sure, because repairing a transmission is pretty expensive.

    By the way I just posted the following question on the list:

    At what temperature does the engine fan clutch engage?

    It explains why I need to do all this.

    Thanks for all the help on the site!


     
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  4. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:40 AM
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    the only answer that really works is:

    mark, and then disconnect drive shaft at differential

    install heavy strap to hold it up

    tow away

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    easier and safer to fork over the dough for a roro trailer though, just costs $$
     
  5. Apr 23, 2013 at 6:45 AM
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    I've seen people with auto transmission be towed off trails in nuetral so I think you'll be good
     
  6. Apr 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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    When being towed off the trail, was the engine running? I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure that fords have to be running to circulate trans fluid and do not disengage "everything" in the tranny while in neutral. Are toyotas any different? If towing in neutral and the engine is off, I'd be concerned that fluid is not being circulated. Dolly or roll back would be my two choices....or have the engine running the whole time.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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    disco drive shaft
    it is one of the easiest things to do, just has to be redone correctly or you
    get vibes after slapping it back on
     
  8. Apr 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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    It is always the safest option to disconnect the rear driveshaft when towing. No, there is no fluid circulation if the engine is not running. Towing in neutral IS the safest way if you do have to tow a vehicle, and to be honest, I have never seen a transmission be damaged from such a short distance like you are talking about. I would not recommend doing this over a longer distance however.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM
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    If you have a transfer case, putting that in neutral would prevent the tranny from spinning when being towed wouldn't it?
     
  10. Apr 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM
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    What tan4x4 ^^ said 15 miles ain't nothing. Stick it in neutral on the transmission selector if it is not a 4x4. If it is 4x4 put 4x4 gear shift in neutral. Tow away that ain't far at all.
     
  11. Apr 24, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the OP has a 2wd, so he does not have a transfer-case.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2013 at 9:55 PM
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    He didn't mention it either way. I just gave him option if it was or wasn't a 4x4 thats all.
     
  13. Apr 26, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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    I did mention it was a base model with Auto transmission in the original post. By base I meant stripped down. But it somehow came with an automatic. It is a 2wd.

    Thanks for everyone's help and posts
     
  14. Apr 26, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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    Tape up the universal joint needle bearing cups, so not to loose them or any needle bearings.
     
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    No need to tape up any universal joints. The Tacoma has a flange that bolts to the rear diff yoke. So no open universal joints.
     
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