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towing ? by mattm
Started on: 01-20-2004 05:34 PM
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Last post by: Firefox on 01-20-2004 10:46 PM
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Report this Post01-20-2004 05:34 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mattmClick Here to Email mattmSend a Private Message to mattmDirect Link to This Post
Can i tow a 4 speed Fiero with the front wheels on a dolly for about 120 miles?


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Report this Post01-20-2004 05:47 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 84se-StockSend a Private Message to 84se-StockDirect Link to This Post
I really wouldn't suggest it. It's really hard on the drivetrain. The best way to do it is with the back tires on the dolley. The only thing is if you're renting a dolley...don't tell them you're towing a Fiero or let them know you're going to tow it with the front tires on the ground or they won't let you rent the equipment.
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Report this Post01-20-2004 06:09 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Steve NormingtonClick Here to Email Steve NormingtonSend a Private Message to Steve NormingtonDirect Link to This Post
Towing a manual transmission with the rear wheels on the ground is fine. Just put it in neutral and take off the parking brake. Do not tow an automatic this way or you will destroy the transmission.

The reason they won't rent the equipment to you is that towing a car with the steering wheels on the ground is dangerous. Note: The built in steering wheel lock is NOT strong enough to keep the wheels from shifting. If the wheels shift while you are towing, it could flip you tow vehicle over or throw you out of control.

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Oh yeah...sorry. Automatic is bad for the tranny...manual is okay. My bad.
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Report this Post01-20-2004 06:29 PM Click Here to See the Profile for mattmClick Here to Email mattmSend a Private Message to mattmDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the help. + for everyone for answering
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Report this Post01-20-2004 09:31 PM Click Here to See the Profile for TaurusThugClick Here to Email TaurusThugSend a Private Message to TaurusThugDirect Link to This Post
carry it on your back

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Keep in mind also that when you tow a car backwards on it's steer wheels, the front end alignment is set for forward motion and not backwards. The alignment is set so you have a 'toe-in' condition, and towing backwards gives you a 'toe-out' condition. A tow-out means that the tires are trying to pull the car in seperate directions, whereas a toe-in pushes the front end together. When towing backwards, and running over rough pavement, your car can do a little swerving back and forth if your alignment isn't good, and it also wears your tires in an abnormal way.

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