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Old February 6th, 2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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I just bought a 93 Ford Ranger 4X4 4.0 Automatic. My question is: Can I tow this thing on a tow dolley without doing any damage to the transmission or should I disconnect the driveshaft at the rear end before pulling.

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Old February 6th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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To be on the safe side you always want to disconnect the drive shaft on any automatic that you can't put the tcase into neutral.

That being said if you're only going a couple miles at low speed you;ll be okay.

Edit: I just checked my haynes manual and it says (assuming you have an electric shift tcase) -

-release the park brake
-put trans in nuetral
-tcase in 2H
-front hubs unlocked
*limit speed to 35 mph and distance to 50 miles
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Thanks. Looks like I'm disconnecting the driveshaft. I have to haul it over 100 miles.
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ford actually has a neutral tow kit for these, it's just a switch that moves the t-case into neutral, for flat towing behind RVs.

Pulling the shafts is always a prefered method, but is a PITA
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Just put it on the dolly backward.
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i put a 2wd s10 backwards on a toll dolly, it was fine till it came to backing it up. it was a pain in the ass. the front tires wanted to turn opposite of the trailer, so it kept binding. so my buddy sat in the s10 and steered that while i backed up the tow vehicle and dolly, it was quite a site.
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