Tag: towing

33 Posts

May 01, 2008

Can a trailer cause wear to a truck, just by staying attached for long periods?

Dear Car Talk

Please settle an argument here at the fire station. We have a Ford 550 pulling a 25-foot box trailer (gross vehicle weight 10,000 pounds). Here's the question: When this truck and trailer are not in use, does the weight of the trailer...

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is a performance module add-on to my 4runner good for towing a boat
Dec 01, 2007

Could a "perfomance module" lead to an early grave for Phillip's Dodge Ram?

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I have a 2003 4Runner V-6 that easily pulled my boat. So I bought a bigger boat. I would like to buy one of those super-heavy-duty Dodge Ram Crew Cabs with an enormous diesel engine to pull the new boat, but...

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it my toyota camry wagon tough enough to pull a light pop-up trailer
Oct 01, 2007

Will towing a pop-up trailer be tranny suicide for a certain Toyota Camry? Find out.

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I own a 1992 Toyota Camry Wagon V6 automatic with 150,000 miles on it. Recently, I installed a trailer hitch so I could mount a bike rack back there. As I was standing there admiring the way the bikes easily went on...

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are different types of tow trucks rougher or gentler on the towed car
Aug 01, 2005

Which type of towtruck is harder on a car: flatbed or hook?

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Of these types of tow trucks, flatbed versus the traditional "hook" model, which one is worse for a car? A while back, my starter failed, and my car was towed on a flatbed truck. After the starter replacement, I noticed...

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should i buy a truck instead of ruining my civic with carloads of home improvement supplies
Apr 01, 2005

Can I put a hitch on my sedan for lightweight towing?

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I recently bought a house and now find myself constantly needing to haul things large amounts of yard waste old furniture scrap metal etc I have been thinking about getting a small pickup truck but whatever vehicle I get will...

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can a 1997 honda civic tow a trailer cross-country
Oct 01, 2003

Could I use my Honda Civic to tow a small trailer over the Sierra Nevada mountains?

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Help I'm going back to school and the stuff I need want to take won't all fit into my car My friends say I should rent a trailer I'm concerned that my car will be ruined by the effort of...

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Jun 01, 2002

Are hybrids safe to tow?

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I am an environmental regulator who lives and works in a semi-rural area in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains I have been really interested in getting one of the hybrid gas-electric Ford Escapes that are supposed to come out...

safety hybrids towing

Oct 01, 2001

How much weight can I tow with my Volvo?

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I'm planning to take a trip The only thing holding me back is that I can't get a straight answer about how much weight my car can handle while towing Please help me find out if I will be having...

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Mar 01, 2001

Could a 25 mile tow-truck ride be responsible for my busted transmission?

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My ' GMC -ton four-wheel-drive pickup recently stranded me with a faulty fuel pump The dealer graciously towed me miles and called me the next day to inform me that not only would I be paying for a new fuel...

transmissions towing

Mar 01, 2001

How much does that heavy tow package impact a vehicle's handling and performance?

Dear Car Talk

My wife is a faithful listener of your radio show and reader of your column so I know she will take your advice on this question She's interested in buying a Pontiac Aztek and I agree that the car would...

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