Towing of a Gen3 pajero

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Towing of a Gen3 pajero

Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:46 am

Some info would be nice regarding the towing of a "Manual" Gen3 DiD.

The Automatic you call a flatbed end of story, But is towing a "Manual" Di-D a bad thing?
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Re: Towing of a Gen3 pajero

Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:09 am

An auto is not too bad either. Just remove the front and rear propshafts.

A manual I would suspect just needs to be in neutral. To be safe stick the transfer case in neutral as well if it has a manual short stick.

If towing longish distances I would remove the props on the manual as well.
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Re: Towing of a Gen3 pajero

Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:41 am

Hi Guys,
I might be stupid but if I don't ask I stay stupid.
Why can't an auto be towed when the props are not removed, it is not a perminant 4x4, if you put it in neutral in both boxes it should be free wheeling or am I missing something.

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Re: Towing of a Gen3 pajero

Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:59 am

come to think of it, i never really asked about the "Why not" to tow a automatic. it was one of those things my Dad said "Dont" and i just accepted it as final.

So i would also like to know some more as to "why not"?
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Re: Towing of a Gen3 pajero

Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:02 am

The prop shafts are connected to the output shaft(s) of the transfer case.
When being towed, the output shafts are turned by the prop shafts.
The transfer case is lubricated by the splashing action of the chain running through the lower (sump) part of the transfer case.
Without the transfer case working (if in neutral), the chain does not turn, and there is no splash lubrication to the upper bearings.

If the transfer case is not in neutral (or does not have neutral), the prop shafts turn the output shaft of the transmission.
An auto transmission is lubricated by an oil pump (as against a manual, which is splash-lubricated). The transmission oil pump is situated in the torque converter, and if the engine is not running, no lubrication of the transmission can occur.
That is why it is often stated that "short distances" might be OK - this assumes that the residual oil on the bearings, plates and bands will be OK for "short distances".
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