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Towing I remember getting a letter a few years back about automatic transmission problems caused by towing. The owns guide restriction is 1,000 lbs. I will be towing a motorcycle at 740 lbs on a 250 lbs trailer total 990 lbs. Tongue wt is in acceptable range. Is the transmission weak or can I tow the 990 lb without a problem?

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Hi Bill!

The package you describe should present no problem for the CR-V, but there are steps you can take to improve towing service and capabiity.

First, I would invest in an auxiallary transmission cooler an possibly a tranny performance kit (if available), and have it installed and the tranny and filters serviced/changed and then refilled with hi-performance tranny fluid suitable for Hondas.

B&M makes performance/towing kits for most domestic makes, and I'm sure someone out there does likewise for Hondas, but you'll have to look or ask around. I did find http://www.importperformancetrans.com/hondaauto.shtml which has some of the items I suggested available, so there's a starting point.

Just the extra cooler and fluid/filter change should give you all the reliabilty you need... the kit would firm up shifts and further lower tranny temp, but it is not an absolute necessity, just added insurance

Hope this is illuminating, let us know if you have other questions, and best of luck!

-WildBill.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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