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Old 12-19-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Tried searching but couldn't find a previous thread..
I have a forester without an engine in it and I want to tow it. I have a car dolly and I just wanted to know if could tow the car. I could use a car trailer or pay a tow truck but just trying to avoid spending money. will I damage the drivetrain?
If someone can share a link to a thread about awd towing so I could better understand that would be very helpful thanks
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Do whatever you want as long as all 4 wheels are off the ground.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:29 PM   #3
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It's my understanding that an AWD car will always need a flatbed, or a trailer, so as to not damage the differentials.

I understand and appreciate the goal to save money, but weigh out the cost to replace a differential versus the difference between the cost of towing the vehicle.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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all four wheels must either be on the ground or all four wheels must be off the ground. DO not have 2 on and 2 off.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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yea towing with only 2 wheels on the ground is a big no no. did it once and learned my lesson.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:17 PM   #6
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Well, you CAN tow an AWD Subaru with two wheels on the ground. What you would need to do is either:

A) Disconnect the front axles

B) Disconnect the drive shaft

Probably more trouble than it's worth, but it can be done.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #7
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you dont tow
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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all four wheels must either be on the ground or all four wheels must be off the ground. DO not have 2 on and 2 off.
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yea towing with only 2 wheels on the ground is a big no no. did it once and learned my lesson.
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Well, you CAN tow an AWD Subaru with two wheels on the ground. What you would need to do is either:

A) Disconnect the front axles

B) Disconnect the drive shaft

Probably more trouble than it's worth, but it can be done.
+...whatever.....all down, all up or disconnect stuff (driveshaft is a good one).
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #9
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I recently called AAA for a tow and before I could even mention that I needed a flat bed that were already on top of it. Always use a flatbed.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #10
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Flatbed only way to go.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:36 PM   #11
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What would happen if the parking authority towed you and used a traditional tow truck? Would they be held accountable for the damages? I wonder if this ever happened to anyone here.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #12
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When my neighbors POS Audi got repo'd they just hooked up the back wheels as the front was blocked in a narrow driveway and inaccessible. I'm watching them hook the car up from my window. "


me: haha .. broke ass. ... [guy starts to move the truck] oh no. don't do that.
POS A4: "drag.... drag. click click click click click click click BANG"
driver: "and we're off .. F this guys car, not my problem"


He had plenty of time to stop before breaking it, so IMO it's up to the tow driver to know what's what and not do something stupid. I would think the towing company _should be responsible for the damage, but you'd probably have to fight a bit as towing companies & parking authority are always a joke.

I believe both front axles snapped and the diff probably had _some damage as well, but they never got the car back of course so idk. I'm sure it happens all the time.. any other stories of damage and who pays?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:56 PM   #13
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I have this sticker above the vin since all the emblems are removed. I hope it will work one day
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #14
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I would think most tow-truck drivers who know anything would know enough to check underneath the vehicle to see which wheels are driven if they are unsure. Now, whether they are too lazy to actually do that is another thing.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:10 PM   #15
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I have this sticker above the vin since all the emblems are removed. I hope it will work one day
How would towing companies see this sticker if you are getting towed for a violation without your presence?
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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How would towing companies see this sticker if you are getting towed for a violation without your presence?
They have to take record of the cars VIN. Take a look at where the sticker was placed
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:33 PM   #17
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thanks not really what I was looking for but to save myself a headache i will use a flat bed
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:13 PM   #18
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how did that not help you,can you not read?
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #19
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thanks not really what I was looking for but to save myself a headache i will use a flat bed
So, you don't have a manual either? Polite for "RTFM"
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:02 AM   #20
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was looking for more info on towing I realize you can't tow an awd vehicle with two wheels still on the ground but I was looking for more info. most people replied telling me what I already know. a few responded by telling me to remove the driveshaft and that is what I was asking.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:58 AM   #21
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was looking for more info on towing I realize you can't tow an awd vehicle with two wheels still on the ground but I was looking for more info. most people replied telling me what I already know. a few responded by telling me to remove the driveshaft and that is what I was asking.
Thrn you should have been more specific with your question.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:13 AM   #22
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Quote:
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was looking for more info
but you originally said:

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I just wanted to know if could tow the car
no. it will damage the drivetrain as 85 people explained. Do we have to draw you a picture?
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #23
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but you originally said:

no. it will damage the drivetrain as 85 people explained. Do we have to draw you a picture?
Can you draw me a picture?
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:15 PM   #24
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:51 PM   #25
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LOL! Pretty much shows what you need to know
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