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#1 roboh

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:41 PM

I've read in the past of the dire warnings about rolling one's auto transmission Subaru (01 Outback) while in neutral and/or towing without a dolly. Should this warning include carwashes where they ask you to put the car in neutral as it rolls 50 feet through the various wash-rinse-dry cycles? thanks.

#2 ericem

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:45 PM

nope, not at all, the only time there is a problem, is when the vehicle is OFF and it is rolling, because there is no fluid flowing around the transmission, and burns up the clutch.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:54 PM

Actually the 10 - 20 yards or so wont hurt it at all. It wont even notice it considering its at less then 5mph. Also the car is being moved with all 4 wheels on the ground in a straight line.
Now if your talking miles, then you have a huge problem. The problem comes up as soon as one tire starts rotating a different speed then the other tires (ie on a curve) at speed.
Its not just the clutch pack, but the entire automatic transmission (for you people with 2wd cars) that gets over heated over long distances.

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#4 crazyhorse001

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 08:17 PM

Its not just the clutch pack, but the entire automatic transmission (for you people with 2wd cars) that gets over heated over long distances.


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It's not just Subies either...ANY auto trans can be cooked by towing with the drive wheels on the ground.

#5 Setright

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:21 AM

Yeah, what's the rule of thumb? No more than 25mph or 50 miles total distance?


Of course, engine running, you can select neutral and freewheel for as long as you like.




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