Q:

Can you tow an automatic car?

A:

Quick Answer

It is entirely possible to tow a vehicle with an automatic transmission, but there are some restrictions to be aware of. Thankfully, there are a variety of different ways around these problems, simply depending on the nature of the vehicle itself.

Know More
Can you tow an automatic car?
Credit: Tony Page The Image Bank Getty Images

Full Answer

Front-wheel drive automatics are likely the easiest to tow, as they simply require that the drive wheels be elevated during movement. This prevents the transmission and the drive shaft from becoming worn or damaged due to a lack of lubrication.

Four-wheel drive automatics are more difficult to transport in this manner, but they can always be moved using a flat bed truck if necessary. Across short distances, though, it is possible to tow any automatic car so long as it is placed in neutral first. This form of transport should be limited to trips to an auto mechanic when no other means of moving the vehicle are possible, as the damage which can be done to the transmission as a result of moving the drive wheels while the engine is not engaged can be catastrophic. However, because most automatic vehicles are either front- or rear-wheel drive, it simply becomes a matter of elevating the drive wheels properly before moving.

Learn more in Car Makes & Models

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Can you push start an automatic car?

    A:

    It is technically possible to push start some automatic cars, but doing so is generally impractical. The car must be pushed to a much greater speed than those with manual transmissions. In addition, their complex transmission systems are not designed for push starts.

    Full Answer >
  • Q:

    What is the Ford C6 transmission?

    A:

    The Ford C6 Transmission is an automatic transmission that Ford used as a replacement for the C4 transmission in about 1966. It has no electronic controls, so it is popular with racers and restorers today because of its simplistic design and low cost.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How much can a Honda CRV tow?

    A:

    According to the specifications page on Honda, the Honda CRV has a towing capacity of 1500 pounds. For a fuel-efficient SUV, the towing capacity of the CRV is in range with its competitors.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can I buy a car with no title?

    A:

    Although the title is a key piece of legal documentation in the sale of a vehicle, it is possible to legally purchase a car without a title. However, anyone planning on buying a car without a title needs to conduct due diligence to ensure that the vehicle is not stolen and to acquire a replacement title upon purchase.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore