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Old 10-05-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
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Default I got towed using a "floater"...

...or so the towing company says.

They said "all four wheels were off the ground. We know what we're doing...you wouldn't be able to drive if we towed your Subaru with the front wheels."

I doubt it. I think they towed it with the front wheels. They towed the car for literally 1.5 miles.

It seems to drive fine. What are your onions on what could the center diff be like now?
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:34 AM   #2
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Does it crab? If not, no worries.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:38 AM   #3
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Does it crab? If not, no worries.
You mean go all over? I don't think so.

I drove it locally about 4 miles home. I feel vibration, but that could be because I had to drive off on a cold engine in 35-degree weather.....
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:43 AM   #4
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Do the center diff check. turn in a parking lot in a tight circle and see if it binds. Do this while the car is warmed up. Im no diff expert but i think it is a viscous lsd in the center and shearing resistance gets more when it is hot. So if it was in cold weather it might be less damage....????
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:53 AM   #5
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They used a dolley system. No big deal. Means they couldn't be bothered waiting for the flatbed to turn up.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:00 AM   #6
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They used a dolley system. No big deal. Means they couldn't be bothered waiting for the flatbed to turn up.
According to the manager.

I read the tow documents, and comments included were: "Heavy all around."

I have no clue why they wrote that other than they maybe towed it by the rear 2 wheels when the car was in park (it's automatic) and wondered why it was so hard to move.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:54 AM   #7
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imo if this is a roadside assistance business theyre supposed to be professional and know how to haul a car regardless of drivetrain.. so they should be liable for any incurred damage during towing. that being said, if there is no damage, i guess consider yourself lucky, take it in stride, and save the yourself the time and stress of small claims court.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:35 AM   #8
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They used a dolley system. No big deal. Means they couldn't be bothered waiting for the flatbed to turn up.
Exactly right I own a towing and recovery service, they would have to Dolley tow the vehicle, it wouldn't move when grabbed from the front, or the rear, it would just drag along the road if attempted. If done properly no damage should have occurred.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:31 AM   #9
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What they said is what they did most likely. Any opinions on the internet mean zero in a court of law, so our advice means zero. If you don't believe them, the burden of proof is on you and good luck with that. You will know immediately if there is an issue, but even if your car starts sounding like like the before car in the old Meineke Muffler commercial, the burden of proof is on you and again....good luck with that. Relax and have some tea and trust for once in your life.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:37 AM   #10
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So they told you they towed it with all four wheels off the ground, and the car drives fine. What makes you think they're lying again?
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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Why was it towed??? Just wondering.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #12
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Why was it towed??? Just wondering.
2nd gear and fried diff secondly...
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:54 AM   #13
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According to the manager.

I read the tow documents, and comments included were: "Heavy all around."

I have no clue why they wrote that other than they maybe towed it by the rear 2 wheels when the car was in park (it's automatic) and wondered why it was so hard to move.
Then look for flat spots on the tires and skid marks from where it was towed. Pretty simple.

Now since nothing is wrong, go drive the car and stop worrying. You haven't given a single bit of evidence to suggest the company lied.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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OP facepalm! They towed it cause your tranny and diff are "fried" and you think maybe they damaged it? wow dude....
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
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OP facepalm! They towed it cause your tranny and diff are "fried" and you think maybe they damaged it? wow dude....
And his blinker fluid was low, also worn muffler bearing.

Read: sarcasm
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:15 AM   #16
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OP facepalm! They towed it cause your tranny and diff are "fried" and you think maybe they damaged it? wow dude....
Huh?

Yea, anyway. I only spoke with a manager, not the tow truck driver, so I have no way of knowing exactly if the manager is saying something to pacify me.

It's a Chicago towing company, so off-the-bat they're not going to be the brightest stars in the sky, especially if they manhandle dozens and dozens of vehicles per day.

Apart from that, I wanted to know what could occur with an AWD car being towed by 2 wheels, since it's my first AWD car.

I'm going to go out to a parking lot and try some donuts to see what the diffs are like now.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:19 AM   #17
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I'm going to go out to a parking lot and try some donuts
Another way to damage your trans and diffs .......

You didn't answer the question. Why was the car towed???
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:27 AM   #18
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Another way to damage your trans and diffs .......

You didn't answer the question. Why was the car towed???
Nosy today!

Let's just say it was my fault.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:37 AM   #19
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So I was right? Second gear? Orrrr hmmmm.. rod knocking because low oil?

Admit!!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #20
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Nosy today!

Let's just say it was my fault.
I actually deal with these type of claims as an insurance appraiser. Tow companies that tow for the police and private property owners (and repos) often have a "hold armless" clause in the contract. Since they are towing cars with out keys and out of places they can't get flat beds, it protects them from damage claims. I've seen claims denied for that reason. So, in a nut shell if they tow a car legally and cause damaged they can not be held liable in some cases.
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