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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-10-2001, 11:39 PM
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Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

In order to tow an early 90's Sidekick, 4 wheels down, with an AUTOMATIC trans. does anything need to be done to the car to keep from damaging the trans or transfer case?

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

I have no idea... you should check you owners manual to see..(that is if you have one... I certainly don't have one for the Sammy...)

I just took a peek in my Haynes suzuki manual and it say this:

"As a general rule, vehilces can be towed with all four wheels on the ground, provided that the driveshafts are removed.."

That doesn't seem to logical... It also goes on about putting the transmisson in neutral as well as the transfer case, Parking Brake off and the steering unlocked...

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

Tubby,since most autos no longer have two pumps,you will need to pull rear drivshaft and make sure your front hubs are unlocked.pulling it a short distance and going slow,you should be ok,but anything else and you burn up the auto.been there and done that.good luck RR

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

Owners manual says to get the two back wheels off of the ground and pull it backwards, this will unlock the two front wheels. It says not to pull with all four wheels down. So I don't know what you would need to do to the front wheels to pull it in a normal manner. Hope this helps.

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

If it has manual hubs in front, it can be towed 4 wheels down. unlock hubs; Trans in N. Stop every 200 miles and start it up and let the transmission fluid circulate. Auto hubs are a different story as FrankK says.

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

Install manual hubs, disconnect front and rear driveshafts (it's not that hard) and you can pull away.

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Re: Towing aSuzuki Sidekick

if you can move the zuk w/transfer in n and tranny in park with hubs u/l then do it that way. the auto tranny will not lube its planetarys if the engine is not runing but when in doubt take the shafts out.iv seen maannny trannys smoke tested from towing the wrong way

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