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Old 02-21-2012, 12:08 PM
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^can't you put it in neutral? Or is that a no-no?
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That is a BIG no no on an automatic trans car. Auto's get lube from the pump which only pumps when the engine is running.
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Gotcha thanks for clarifying that.
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Backing the car onto the dolly is also an option. I never trusted the steering wheel lock pin to hold everything straight for many miles though. Maybe that is just me over-thinking everything.
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^I thought when tow trucks towed cars with the front wheels down they left the key "on" to release the steering lock, so the wheels were free to turn...?
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^sorry to thread jack but you have my curiosity now... I understand that the trans pump doesn't spin when the engine doesn't spin. So if you put the car in N and roll down the driveway with the engine off, is that bad?
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Tow trucks tow a vehicle backwards, if it has an automatic, rear wheels off the ground
Front wheel drive vehicles are towed with the front wheels off the ground

Another thing for them to consider is just how fast & far they will be driving, if they will be driving under 30 - 35 MPH for a 5 mile tow, they may choose to pull the vehicle with the drive wheels on the ground
They could still blow out the transmission seals, it is a chance that some of them are willing to take, after all, its not their vehicle
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Like GTyankee touched on, no rolling down your driveway in neutral is not going to hurt anything because it is only a short distance. And no, the steering wheel is not left unlocked when on the dolly. I wouldn't even bother with a dolly if you've got a long distance to travel.
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its a automatic so up on the trailer we go
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I spent 20 years pulling my extra wheels around on a dolly, while in the USAF. I'm sold on them, as a matter of fact, i still have one, as well as a trailer 18' long with a mile marker 9,00o Lb winch. I love what the trailer can do over a dolly, but it sure is a lot greater pleasure to pull the dolly. The ONLY disadvantage is that you can't back up effectively with a dolly, but if I figure right, you guys are going non stop, drinking caffeine and eating carbs to keep going...The only thing I would suggest for your truck is... transmission gauge and cooler. My old Chev did not like pulling that dolly with car, over 60 meant gauge temps in the yellow (200 deg plus) keep the tranny out of OD to keep the heat down, as well. putting a gauge on is easy, as well as an aux cooler. Gas is cheap in comparison to tranny rebuilds, especially on the interstate... change the rear diff oil, excellent idea. If you use a dolly, pad the wire harness good, to save the Fords paint.Going the distance will simply take time and pressure, you'll get there, turn up the tunes and enjoy the scenery... pulling the driveshaft is simple, auto or stick, I'd pull it... I used to unbolt it from the rearend, push it in as far as it would go, and using giant zip ties, bind i t tight to the exhaust pipes, (that was easy on b body chargers and road runners, don't know about mustangs, but if the driveshaft is still plugged in, the tranny won't leak...
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