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Old 11 Dec 2007, 10:52 pm
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Does any know if it is possible to tow a pt cruiser with automatic trans behind an RV without a trans pump, some one said if you start the cruiser and keep it in neutral while you are pulling it, it will be ok , does anyone know if that is true ???????
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Old 12 Dec 2007, 07:59 am
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Welcome, Howard.
I do know that the safest bet is a "dolly' for the front wheels.
What does it say in the manual?
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Old 12 Dec 2007, 07:51 pm
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I'm in the process right now of hunting for a used dolly to tow my PT. But, I did meet a fellow who was doing exactly as you said, neutral, and let it idle. He said he has pulled it for 2 years? I have not done any further research to see if he was in fact, telling the truth about it not hurting the transmission.
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I would make a serious inquiry about the impact on the vehicle computer when it reads road speed and mileage but the engine is in neutral. It may think the system is "bonkers" and try to shut you down. That problem may only happen at destination, when you attempt to drive your PT away. Todays computers are hugely involved in every aspect of running and "monitoring" the vehicle.

A similar event occurred to my father-in-laws flat-towed Oldsmobile a few years ago. Problems started only after he started towing. It had periodic computer "fits" for the rest of its life. It would just turn itself off while driving. Coast to side of road, re-start and drive away just fine. Nobody ever found a cause ... but that was GM, not Chrysler.
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Old 13 Dec 2007, 11:22 pm
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I'm sorry to say this ....but...
As an ordinary Joe, who is a weekend mechanic, and not all that skilled or knowledgable...
Towing a front wheel drive vehicle other than with a dolly or just plain on the truck bed, sounds real dumb to me!
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Just get the front wheels off the ground and you positively won't have any problems with the trans, engine or computer.

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Old 14 Dec 2007, 11:43 pm
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Chrysler recommends flatbedding or the use of a dolly to transport all FWD/AWD vehicles as damage may occur to drivetrain.
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Chrysler recommends flatbedding or the use of a dolly to transport all FWD/AWD vehicles as damage may occur to drivetrain.
Would you not require a lube pump as well? I guess a dolly with front wheels off ground is best, but what about 4 wheels on ground, can it be done?
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Old 21 Feb 2012, 07:28 pm
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NO! they flat towed my mothers 04 gt a couple of years ago 200 miles caused 2000 in trany and computer issues get the front wheels up if you are going to tow
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Old 21 Feb 2012, 09:53 pm
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I would make a serious inquiry about the impact on the vehicle computer when it reads road speed and mileage but the engine is in neutral. It may think the system is "bonkers" and try to shut you down. That problem may only happen at destination, when you attempt to drive your PT away. Todays computers are hugely involved in every aspect of running and "monitoring" the vehicle.

A similar event occurred to my father-in-laws flat-towed Oldsmobile a few years ago. Problems started only after he started towing. It had periodic computer "fits" for the rest of its life. It would just turn itself off while driving. Coast to side of road, re-start and drive away just fine. Nobody ever found a cause ... but that was GM, not Chrysler.
Nothing to do with towing. Dad had one never been towed did the same thing. one mechanic said motor needed rebuilt ha. Turn out to be a little thing. Know one could find that one either.

These computers don't that much authority over the system. Wheel speed is not used to that degree. The only issue here is the pump in the trans. keeping every thing lubrecated.
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