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Old 10-08-2011, 10:04 PM   #11
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i thought this was odd when i seen in my owners manual not to tow a manual over 50MPH and 50 miles. In the older models like mine it seemed any manual was towable behind a motorhome with all 4 wheels on the ground. Kinda upset me, i was hoping to be able to tow mine 4wheels on the ground and not have to use the big car hauler

odd tho, i know a 91 dodge dakota 2wd 5 speed can be towed 1,000's of miles at 70+ MPH
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:36 PM   #12
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All you need to do is start the engine ans let it idle for a bit to stir the oil

THE problem as stated above is that the parts that actually circulate the oil
in the mazda trans don't turn unless the input shaft is spinning
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Another year, another 40,000 towed miles later, and still no problems. I just dont understand...
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I guess since it isn't under load it needs less lube. I wouldn't do it unless the manual says it's okay. My '91 book says (manual or auto) 50 miles max on the rear wheels, 35mph max. Since Rangers are kind of cheap and easy to work on, I might tow mine flat and maybe getting out and running the engine a bit every so often would help spin some lube back up in there. The driveshaft is pretty easy to disconnect, though. Takes less than 5 minutes.
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Another year, another 40,000 towed miles later, and still no problems. I just dont understand...
see thats what i do not get in the rv world up untill mid to late 90's if it had a manual it was good to go all 4 wheels on the ground, even to this day the good sam and FMCA annual "toad" guide shows many manuals OK for 4 wheels on the ground ..... most of the older RVes or ones like me who we always had a motorhome growing up always looked for manual cars/trucks as "toads" and towed them more miles that actually drove on them and never had trouble

still but it is what it is i guess, i been using a car hauler lately, had a saturn for awile that was auto that was able to be 4 wheels down

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The driveshaft is pretty easy to disconnect, though. Takes less than 5 minutes.
Depends on how long ago it was last off.
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I have a '94 Ranger Extended Cab XLT 4x4 3.0 with Automatic Trans.

I'm needing to tow it with a dolly and read somewhere that you can tow it backwards with the front hubs disengaged and lock the wheel with rope or seatbelt or some such and thus not have to worry about disconnecting the drive shaft at the rear.

I have crawled under the truck and found that the front shaft spins freely, but, should I still be concerned?

I have called 2 different Ford shops, one never called me back and the other said they weren't sure (pretty sure that's code for 'leave us alone, we're busy'), I've been researching online for weeks and I have talked to a couple of transmission people, but, no one can give me an answer for some reason.

I have no problem with disconnecting the drive shaft if need be, however, it would be really nice to not have to worry about that if I don't have to.

Any help?
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Towing anything on a dolly with the rear wheels on the dolly is NOT a good idea at all. If your stearing wheel is not dead locked in the center it will cause all kinds of problems

Either pull the drive shaft or get a true car trailer

If you have a manual transfer case cant you just put it in neutral and go to town
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Towing anything on a dolly with the rear wheels on the dolly is NOT a good idea at all. If your stearing wheel is not dead locked in the center it will cause all kinds of problems

Either pull the drive shaft or get a true car trailer

If you have a manual transfer case cant you just put it in neutral and go to town
Depends on the transfercase. In some cases it'll continue to spin(obviously) but without lubrication where as other cases it'll spin which causes the lubrication. So you'll need to research how your case is lubricated.
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