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Old 10-20-2014, 06:49 PM   #36
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Flat towing an automatic transmission equipped car has never been recommended. Hence, you see tow trucks towing rear wheel drive vehicles with the rear tires off of the ground and front drive with the fronts off. If the vehicle happens to be 4WD with a transfer case that has a neutral position, then that will disconnect the transmission from the drive shafts.
I recently towed a manual transmission Mustang on a tow dolly and it wasn't recommended to do without removing the drive shaft from the car.

"But Stray", You ask. "I see so many people flat towing cars that aren't 4WD behind big RV's"?
They have all kinds of neat devices that you can install to safely flat tow almost any auto trans vehicle, from quick disconnects for axles and drive shafts, to external transmission fluid pumps that pump the proper pressure of fluid through the transmission as the vehicle is being towed down the road.
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Keep it in Gear, TPS closes shutting off gas flow while the engine adds gas to idle.
BTW, my Performance Package with 19 inch wheels, 3.31 gears and Manual trans has been getting 26 MPG over the last 51,000 miles going by Fuelly, last 10 tanks is 26.1 with the best at 32 MPG and Ford did not get it Calibrated for that because mine is from 1/2 to 2 MPG off on almost every tank. That is also fuelling up at the same gas station and using the same pump so the car is sitting at the same angle when filling most of the time.
Low pressure on your tires allows more flexing, thus causing more heat meaning more prone to tire failure and more wear. That was most of the Explorer tire problems in the 1990's, Ford recommended 25 PSI, less than 50% of the Max pressure on those. My Door tag says 35 PSI but I am running 39f/37r on mine, seems the best compromise between wear, fuel mileage and handling in the corners.
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Some vehicles allow this from factory for flat towing. I believe it is something particular with the transmission.

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Old 10-24-2014, 07:31 AM   #39
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Found some more info on flat towing.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/wh...ind-an-rv.html

http://www.motorhome.com/download-dinghy-guides/
(Not that it matters for us, lol, but interesting stuff)

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Keep it in Gear, TPS closes shutting off gas flow while the engine adds gas to idle.
BTW, my Performance Package with 19 inch wheels, 3.31 gears and Manual trans has been getting 26 MPG over the last 51,000 miles going by Fuelly, last 10 tanks is 26.1 with the best at 32 MPG and Ford did not get it Calibrated for that because mine is from 1/2 to 2 MPG off on almost every tank. That is also fuelling up at the same gas station and using the same pump so the car is sitting at the same angle when filling most of the time.
Low pressure on your tires allows more flexing, thus causing more heat meaning more prone to tire failure and more wear. That was most of the Explorer tire problems in the 1990's, Ford recommended 25 PSI, less than 50% of the Max pressure on those. My Door tag says 35 PSI but I am running 39f/37r on mine, seems the best compromise between wear, fuel mileage and handling in the corners.
Well I basically have the same set up. 3.31 manual. I average 20-22 but have gotten 31mpg going 55-60 on a road trip. I do need to check my tire pressure though. I'm pretty bad about that.

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