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#4075384 - 08/24/20 05:55 PM Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly?
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We bought a 1996 Town Car, as either a parts machine or maybe as a replacement to our daily driver. The down side is that it’s 30 miles away. Is it OK to tow it back as-is with the front wheels on a tow dolly?

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#4075386 - 08/24/20 06:16 PM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: SVTarHeel]
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If you can remove the driveshaft and the rear axle is in good shape, that is the best way to tow a RWD vehicle with the drive wheels on the ground.

I wouldn't want to go 30 miles like this, but if it runs, you can start it up and put in neutral and that should make the transmission survive, but that might not be enough, not tried that with a more modern vehicle, but have done in the past with a Ford with a C4 transmission.
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#4075408 - 08/24/20 09:19 PM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: SVTarHeel]
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Unbolt the driveshaft at the rear axle and pull the shaft and use a good thick plastic to wrap the tail end of the transmission, then several rounds of tape and HD zip tie or wire around it to seal it temporarily (I can hardly believe I spelled it right?).

You could use plenty good wire to secure it out of the way if you can, leaving the yoke all the way in the transmission so it don't puke fluid.

What Bangster said will work, but just remember no one will be in the car to watch the temperature, etc as it idles.


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#4075442 - 08/25/20 06:27 AM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: SVTarHeel]
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Wouldn't it be easier to back it onto the dolly?
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#4075452 - 08/25/20 12:22 PM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: Old_Guy_Stu]
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Originally Posted By Old_Guy_Stu
Wouldn't it be easier to back it onto the dolly?


They usually say not to because backing it on puts the weight at the far end which can make it harder to control and increase the chance of fish tailing.

If car isn't licensed and driveable I usually pony up and pay for a tow. It doesn't cost that much and is usually worth not having the hassle of dealing with it yourself.

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#4075492 - 08/25/20 02:43 PM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: SVTarHeel]
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Then there's the extra overhang over the tow dolly tongue, and them steer tires being pulled backwards on the front suspension, at road speed. Ever back up 30 miles … at speed? I've seen it done a few short miles with a junker, but they used a bunch of straps on the steering wheel incase ignition lock let go, still swayed bad. I've seen wreckers tow disabled cars like that sway too.


Edited by CrystalPistol (08/25/20 02:46 PM)
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#4075596 - 08/26/20 10:59 AM Re: Towing ‘96 TC on a tow dolly? [Re: SVTarHeel]
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Thanks for all the feedback. I was afraid that it was going to be a driveshaft issue. We punted on the tow dolly idea and had it brought in on a rollback. Now, the next task is getting it started, which is why we couldn’t drive it home to begin with. That is what’s proving to be a chore. I may start a thread on that to generate some ideas...

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