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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: Silk] #5102390 05/11/19 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Silk
Not a nation of towers - you need a truck to pull a massive load like that. In NZ we pull bigger loads than that, with smaller cars than that, and we have lots of hills. Totally capable, don't sweat about it, our roads aren't littered with small cars that carried big loads.


You got that right. The few times I've been to NZ (North and South islands- my daughter lives in Auckland) the huge caravans being towed by small hatchbacks was incredible.


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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104138 05/13/19 11:00 AM
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Do not tow in overdrive. I'm sure it will drive fine and there will be no discernible difference that you can tell. BUT, and there are many discussions on this, the "driven gear" in these ratios develop more heat with less ability to shed it, affecting the fluid in the mesh and potentially impacting those gears and components. While that's vague, and folks can argue it and provide equally vague information, my statement comes from an instrumented study I read years ago where they did thermal analysis on the transmission.

YMMV, but I won't tow in OD.

My 2018 F150 won't let me do so, either, and actually torque-limits the top 2 gears to approximately 1/3 of the throttle.


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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104375 05/13/19 03:30 PM
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1,200 lbs. is nothing for most economy cars.

I’ve towed over 5,000 miles with my 1.0 liter 3-cylinder turbo Ford Focus (6M transmission) and a 5x8 enclosed trailer. 750lbs empty and I load up to 750 of cargo for 1,500 lbs total.

I’m in a hilly area and climb a 12% grade routinely. It’s a breeze, up and down. The only time I feel it “struggles” is past about 60 MPH on the freeway due to the aerodynamic drag. I cruise in 5th and climb in 4th at those speeds. That wouldn’t be much of an issue with an open motorcycle trailer though.


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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104552 05/13/19 07:05 PM
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Was able to smoothly do it. Thanks all smile


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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104555 05/13/19 07:11 PM
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Actually I used D3 everywhere and never pushed engine or brakes or anything, was a good experience wink


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Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104718 05/13/19 10:15 PM
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I see I'm late to this party but I was gonna say your engine and transmission would be the least of my concerns to pull that, if anything it would be issues with handling and braking in very strong crosswinds or emergency braking at highway speeds especially if there was rain or snow. Civics and Corolla's are pretty tough little cars.

Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104846 05/14/19 06:37 AM
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Glad it worked out. I think your setup will be fine until an emergent stop or steep hill comes along then you’ll realize the setup is sketchy.

Re: Towing in automatic transmission? [Re: maverickfhs] #5104872 05/14/19 07:21 AM
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That's a nice setup above, E365


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