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Old 05-10-2004, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Improperly Towing WRX

What, if any, damage might result from towing a WRX by the front wheels only for about 500 metres?
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Old 05-10-2004, 04:23 AM   #2
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a broken face to the tow guy.
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Old 05-10-2004, 04:31 AM   #3
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unless the front axle was disconnected, i'd imagine there would be some damage to the center differential....
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Old 05-10-2004, 07:10 AM   #4
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if you only have to go 500 meters, could you get away with just towing it on the ground with a tow strap?
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Old 05-10-2004, 11:34 AM   #5
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There would be an extreme build up of anti-matter in the viscous coupling causing the centre diff to spontainiously combust

Actully, since there is a viscous coupling in there somewhere it might not do anything if only towed such a short distance. I've done countless e-brake turns and nothing has blown up yet.
As usual, this is just my opinion and shouldn't be taken as fact.
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Old 05-10-2004, 12:02 PM   #6
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a broken face to the tow guy.
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Old 05-13-2004, 04:16 AM   #7
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a broken face to the tow guy.
He pulled up with one.

Don Docksteader was great with my car. They haven't found any drivetrain or anything, but they advised me to keep my ears open.

Long story short: this all began with a dead battery, a foreign tow truck driver crossing the polarities, blowing a fuse, wiping out the battery, improperly towing my car, taking 40 minutes to release it from the dolly, breaking my screwdriver and wasting 5 hours of my time, and quite a bit of money.

Sigh.
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Old 05-13-2004, 05:18 PM   #8
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I have had my old 2.5RS improperly towed a short distance (about 150 meters at mission) with no long term damage..
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Old 05-14-2004, 12:51 AM   #9
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Talking about tow truck drivers, did anybody read about Citywide Towing in Richmond and what one of the drivers did to a customer's car? Raised the rear end up and dropped it onto the ground, bottoming it out, deliberately when he found out that the customer had called another company because he didn't show up for a long time. Nasty.

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Old 05-14-2004, 02:27 AM   #10
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You'll be fine.....we had emailed SOC and they said nothing should get damaged......(similar situation with a friend)
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Old 05-14-2004, 05:43 AM   #11
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Sorry man, your car is hosed. FUBAR. Stick a fork in it, it's done.

Actually I'm surprised it didn't jump out of the towing harness or at least spin the rear wheels.

Anyway, all sarcasm aside, the car does exactly the same thing when spinning a wheel or two on, say, ice. Damage to the centre diff is usually a thermal thing -- make it rub long and hard enough (hey that sounds dirty) and it'll cook itself, that's all. The chances of this happening during a short, low-speed tow are slight, at least.
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