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Re: Towing an F-150 behind a U-haul Truck
If you're using a tow bar, make sure that the driveline(s) are disconnected and removed or tied up. If you don't disconnect the driveline(s) you really run a huge risk of transmission damage whether it's auto or manual.
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Your truck can be flat towed. By placing your transfer case in neutral you completely sever the link between the engine/ transmission and the driveshafts to the axles. The transmission could be left in gear (manual) or in the case of an automatic, park and it wouldn't make a difference. Please be advised to place the transfer case into 2wd or 4wd BEFORE unhooking towed vehicle as the vehicle will start to roll if on an incline. I would apply the emergency brake as well but I wouldn't use it as a first thing to do just in case it's out of adjustment and won't hold vehicle in transfer case neutral.
As far as things still moving would be the following, rear axle and driveshaft and front axle and half shafts. Before towing if towing for long distances maybe have the trucks bearings, U joints and seals checked.
If you mean; Can I tow a U Haul trailer with my car, then check the towing capacity of your model from the owners handbook. The general rule is not more than 2/3rds the vehicle weight for the trailer providing the trailer is braked. ie, If the car is 2000lbs then the all up trailer shouldn't be more than around 1200.
Alternatively, if you mean towing a car behind a rented truck then you will need the appropriate approved tow dolly and the renters permission. Make sure you are fully insured and competent to carry out such a task.
Hi, this all depends on what you are towing, and your hitch set up. If you have an approved towing package, it will be rated at 5, 000 lb's.plus. If you do not have a tow package and just a hole in the rear bumper with a ball, it should say on your bumper next to the ball the amount of weight you can tow. I have no tow package, but my bumper says I can tow up to 5,000 lb's. Do this, go to the u-haul web site, at www.u-haul.com and enter the information on your truck and the information that will come up for what you have, your truck, year, model, and make. It will tell you the amount of weight and what set-up you need for your truck. I hope this has helped you. Shastalaker7
Taking a guess at it, I would have to say that the transmission fluid is thermally broke down from the heat, and stress from towing. Try to change transmission fluid and filter. If this does not fix it the transmission itself may be damaged from the excessive strain, and heat. (heat is number one cause for transmission failure. After this problem is fixed, next time NEVER tow in Overdrive. This over works the transmission, and creates the excessive heat. If you tow a lot than consider adding an after market transmission cooler. Which is only approximately 100 and up, but will save thousands in the long run:)
dont tow car long distance in neutral. it burns up the transmission. if its rear wheel drive just disconnect the drive shaft. if front wheel drive you need to have the front wheels lifted while towing long distance
Not a good plan. Rent a car dolly from u-haul or somebody.
The reason is that the wheels will move certain internal parts of the transmission that need lubrication, but that comes from the engine running the pump. That is why some towing companies that have to tow cars with the drive wheels on the ground will sometimes leave the engine running and the tranny in neutral, but that won't work for long distances
On a flat bed tow truck. You could use a tow bar and remove the driveshaft. But because of the weight and power steering being stiff without the engine running, I would suggest you rent a trailer with brakes. Don't cheap out and rent a towing dolly that only holds one axle off the ground as Jag's sit low to the ground and are rear wheel drive, meaning the rear wheels would have to be on the dolly and the fronts on the ground. You would risk damaging the steering, front suspension, engine sump, radiator, and front bumper.
Low fluid can cause slipping. (depends upon how low) Most manufacturers post "safe" tow speeds. These are generally ignored. (not good). I recommend towing with driveshafts removed and where driveshaft has a "slip yoke" you install a yoke from a scrapyard and wire it to the tailshaft so it stays in place (keeps oil in and dirt out) Although you can't just detach the tow-bar and drive, it eliminates any possibility of trans damage, since the transmission cannot turn. (most use oil from pump to keep gearsets cool...when towing, pump is not pumping and over time and distance it can damage trans internals.) Hope your problem is just low fluid and not a rebuild...keep in mind what I said though.