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#1 916 hydro OFFLINE  

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Posted July 09, 2013 - 04:52 PM

so I went to the car dealer up the street and looked at a little Saturn it had a light hookup on the front bumper the lady at the lot said all the miles were from towing it behind an RV will this make the odometer go up? I would think not


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Posted July 09, 2013 - 05:01 PM

If it has an electronic tach, I doubt it; but if it has an mechnical I would think it probably would.



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Posted July 09, 2013 - 07:13 PM

The odometer runs off the speedometer, not the tach. Sounds like :bs:    to me.


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Posted July 09, 2013 - 07:58 PM

what year of Saturn?



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Posted July 09, 2013 - 08:08 PM

what year of Saturn?

The older cars had a mechanical cable from the output shaft of the tranny directly to the speedometer and they always turn whenever the wheels turn..  Engine running or not.  If it's an electronic speedometer the answer is No..


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Posted July 09, 2013 - 08:21 PM

been doin a little searching around in some car forums and even back to 93 they had elec. speedo.... i'm throwing up the BS flag on the towing excuse


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Posted July 09, 2013 - 08:59 PM

what year of Saturn?

its an 01 or so. I kinda figured it was bs given the lots reputation just hadn't ever thought of that before thanks guys


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 09:18 AM

There are a number of recommendations about towing most vehicles.  I think automatic tranmissions aren't supposed to be towed at all, manual trans models are only supposed to be towed a certain low distance, etc.  Most towing should be done on a dolly or trailer, which means the wheels that control the speedo aren't going to be turning.  



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 03:09 PM

proper flat towing should have the driveshaft(s) disconnected....

 

If it's an auto, ask the lady how the transmission was lubricating it's self while it was being towed.



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 03:18 PM

If it just has a light hookup and no tow bar hookups, then it was probably pulled on a tow dolly or flat trailer meaning only thing turning was rear wheels which free wheel anyway which would also mean.....those miles are not from towing.

I am also thinking like Twostep, if they just put in nuetral while flat towing, not good on tranny.



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:16 PM

I think you can flat tow an automatic in neutral IF the engine is running to run the pump in the trans (I wouldn't count on that tho, I could be wrong) Even if that's the case that's an awful lot of idle time on that engine...

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:33 PM

Amazing gas millage!



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:16 PM

Actually there a plethora of vehicles that can be towed flat.

 

In the RV world we call them "Toads".

 

Here's a list of just the 2012 vehicles and what, if any, limits that are involved if you want to tow them on all four wheels.

 

http://www.fmcmagazi...towing_2012.pdf


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Thanks OB! I had no idea that info was out there. So tell me why would someone even bother putting the extra miles on the vehicle when they could just put the vehicle on a light weight trailer and have much cheaper wheel bearings to service?



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Posted July 10, 2013 - 11:32 PM

Ease of use. With the trailer, you have to get out the ramps, drive it up on the trailer, get it tied down, and then stow the ramps.

 

With a Toad, you hook up the hitch and lights, and just drive off.

 

Not to mention the extra cost of the trailer, licensing it, and maintaining it.


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