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Old 07 Jan 2005, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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towing a WRX

I have an impreza wrx landing at the docks at the end of the month
I have a local recovery company who is fetching another car and said he would collect mine too using the recovery dolly where all 4 wheels are on the ground. is it ok to tow the impreza like this ? It is a manual by the way .I once needed to tow an auto Pajero in a similar way but in that case i removed the rear prop. Dont want to do any damage to the box
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Old 07 Jan 2005, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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mmmm - thats good question? Would be intersted in the answer myself

Sorry couldnt help
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Old 08 Jan 2005, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No its not OK to tow any AWD car in this way !

If you refer to an Impreza Handbook it warns you against being towed either with all 4 wheels on the ground or 2. Flat bed only mate !
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Old 08 Jan 2005, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Agree with nelson totally :wink:



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Old 08 Jan 2005, 06:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Not saying Nelson is wrong................ (Just curious )

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Why can you not tow with all four wheels on the ground with car in neutral......

Surely it is no differant to coasting??????????

As I say Just curious................. I personnally would flat bed for piece of mind....

I just cannot see what would happen when towing with all four wheels turning and car in neutral....................

PLEASE EDUCATE ME
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Old 08 Jan 2005, 07:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Its to do with the transmition pete, they dont like it!

Learned that from my discovery when the alternator packed up a few years ago, breakdown man said he would lift the front but remove the rear prop section, and explained.
Not a good idea to coast too far either.


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Old 10 Jan 2005, 08:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It has to be a flat bed im afraid, if only two wheels are on the ground for anything longer than a few seconds the centre diff. is working over time and will lunch itself. Very expensive.
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It has to be a flat bed im afraid, if only two wheels are on the ground for anything longer than a few seconds the centre diff. is working over time and will lunch itself. Very expensive.
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Yes understood...... It is the four wheels on the ground towing I have trouble getting my head round :?: Don't get me wrong I am not going to try it...... Just curious as to what screws up with all 4 wheels on the ground with car in neutral and being towed??????? :?:
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Old 10 Jan 2005, 09:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks lads, will opt for the flat bed recovery just to be safe. but i to am wondering if 4 wheels on the ground recovery would do any serious harm .
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Old 10 Jan 2005, 11:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This might help to confirm why you don't have tow an AWD motor :shock:

http://www.ultimatesubaru.net/forum/...hp/t-2506.html
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Again that is refering to two wheels on the ground not all 4 and Auto boxes........
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 09:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I will keep digging Pete for some actual information on why not too - but all the Subaru sites say not to tow with all 4 wheels on the floor ops:
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Yes I know they say don't......... and believe me I would not

I was just after the reason why..... what gets screwed up etc......... I can understand with 2 wheels off the ground that it would screw the awd system up just need to get my head round what screws up with all wheels turning
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Old 11 Jan 2005, 01:19 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I may be talking out my arse here but I was also unver the impression that turning on your cars ignition activates certain electronics that enable the AWD ??

I seem to recall talking to a breakdown guy that was a neighbour of mine for a few years and he would go on about how you shouldn't tow a Subaru cos it mashes the Diff etc. I never did ask him how but I do recall him saying that the ignition does enable certain parts ??

I am surprised no-one else has come up with any thoughts ? I can see a call to the dealer happening soon to get the low down 8)
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TOWING. As a rule of thumb, do not tow an All-Wheel Drive vehicle with any wheels on the ground. Instead, tow the vehicle on a trailer or flatbed truck with all four wheels off the ground and the transmission in Park. If you have a manual transmission model, you can tow it with all four wheels on the ground in neutral, or with all four wheels off the ground on a trailer or flatbed truck with the transmission in gear and the parking brake applied. Never attempt towing with only two wheels on the ground or two wheels on a dolly.


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