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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-14-2002, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tow dollying a Sidekick?

The $200.00 Sidekick is leaving tomorrow. The guy is coming to get it and lives about 3 hours from me. should we remove the rear driveshaft? The car is an automatic 4WD...

I've NEVER towed one of these before.
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

It's always safest to remove the rear drive shaft. Only takes 4 bolts and it's done. Then just strap it up out of the way.
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

the kick has a slipyoke so if you unbolt the rear flange the shaft will come right out. Can't recall that he owners manual said about it.. IIRC it said to put transfer case in neutral and tranny in park, npothing about driveshaft removal.
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

I thought you where taking the gears out? Left the rear in?
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

I worked a deal with the guy so he could tow it home. He was willing to help me get it out fast so I'll either drive up and get the thirds or he will drop them off in a few weeks. I'm a LONG way off from getting my rear hybrid so the gears aren't an absolute necessity within the next week or so...
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

Capt;I have an automatic behind my 4.3 and I put it in park,T-case in Neutral,and make sure the hubs are unlocked.I have tow 3 hours one way doing this,RR
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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

I towed mine home by pulling the rear driveshaft.

Keep in mind though that when you pull the driveshaft, you open a hole into the tcase. It will likely leak oil and allow road grit into the opening. You'll want to bring a rag to stuff into the hole.

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Re: Tow dollying a Sidekick?

It's on it's way. The guy picked it up this morning. He brought down a tow dolly so we just rolled the 'kick up onto it, put the T-case in neutral and transmission in park. Everything seemed fine. The guy lives about 3 hours from here. Let's hope there's no problems.

I'm going up in a couple of weeks to pull the third members.
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