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May 8, 2021

Why do you disconnect the drive shaft when towing?

Why do you disconnect the drive shaft when towing?

When towing a rear axle driven front engine vehicle, the drive shaft must be disconnected to prevent transmission damage. Simply placing the transmission in neutral is not sufficient and will not prevent damage due to a lack of internal lubrication.

Can you tow a 4 wheel drive in neutral?

Throw the transmission and transfer case (if possible) into neutral before winching your 4×4 onto the flatbed, and you’ll be just fine. If you own a 4WD or AWD vehicle, request a flatbed when you call for the tow.

How do you disconnect the driveshaft for towing?

Disconnect the Driveshaft Make sure you place a basin under the driveshaft to transmission joint. To totally disengage the driveshaft, you need to use both hands and slide the driveshaft gently away from the transmission case or transmission. You will notice some fluid leaks out, that’s why you placed the basin.

Do I put my car in neutral when towing?

You also risk damage to manual transmissions if they are towed while the vehicle is in “park.” These vehicles should be towed in “neutral” only. Conversely, automatic transmissions do not disengage when the vehicle is in “neutral” and towing could force the transmission to move in the wrong direction.