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Old 25 Apr 2010, 08:15 am
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Question Towing Milage?

I tried a search but couldn't find the info I'm looking for, can someone help?
My question is about towing a PT. If the PT is towed with all 4 tires on the ground (5 speed), are the miles shown on the ODO, "engine" miles, or are they "wheel miles", if you get the drift of the question. Any help would be great.
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Old 02 May 2010, 12:43 am
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First off, never EVER tow a vehicle with the drive wheels on the ground, regardless of whether it's an auto or manual.

Secondly, the odometer will not be counting miles unless the ignition is on, and you're not likely to leave the key in with the ignition on for the duration of the trip.

That being said, if you leave the igntion on and the drive wheels are on the ground, yes the odometer will be counting and you will have "false miles" recorded that weren't actually driven.
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Old 02 May 2010, 08:00 am
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Ok, I understand about the key on/off as far as regestering milage. But the comment about " never EVER tow a vehicle with the drive wheels on the ground, regardless of whether it's an auto or manual." has me a little confused. So, all cars being pulled by an RV with all tires on the ground are being damaged in some way?
I'm not up on towing anything, other than a semi trailer. How does towing a stick damage anything, does it hurt the tranny like it would on an auto tranny?
Not trying to be trouble, I'm just not informed with good information.
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Precisely. The fact remains that you're moving critical gears and parts by force rather than by driving. It's the same reason manufactures recommend against coasting in neutral with a stick. It causes a lot of premature wear on the drive train components.

And to answer your question about RVs, they're causing quite a bit of damage to their vehicles. We had one in our shop about a year ago. It was a brand new Dakota being pulled behind a big RV across the country. It wouldn't even drive under it's own power because the tranny and/or transfer cause had completely bound up inside. I don't remember if it needed a new transfer case or tranny, but it wasn't warrantable, and was a very expensive bill. They got a dolly from U-haul for the duration of their trip!
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