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towing a 1995 2WD Tracker?


druff
10-11-2002, 09:10 AM
Recently bought a 95 tracker 5sp. 2WD for towing behind our motorhome. Can someone tell me what modifications are needed, if any to tow my tracker? Thanks!

Cadetdan
05-07-2003, 04:55 PM
If its 2WD RWD you can tow it if you have the rear wheels off the ground, and the front wheels must be locked forward so they dont turn by thmeselfs....hope that helps

bowtiebandit
05-07-2003, 05:55 PM
Info - Recreational (Dinghy) Towing #00-00-89-008A - (05/07/2001)
Recreational (Dinghy) Towing
1995-2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

1997-2002 Chevrolet Malibu

1998-2002 Chevrolet Tracker

1994-1997 Geo Tracker

1995-1998 Oldsmobile Achieva

1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass

1999-2002 Oldsmobile Alero

1995-2002 Pontiac Grand Am, Sunfire

1996-2000 Toyota Cavalier

With 3L30, 03-72LE, Hydra-Matic® 4T40-E or 4T45-E Automatic Transmission (RPOs M41, M65, MN4, MN5, MX1) or 5-Speed Manual Transmission (RPOs M59, M86, M94, MK7, MJ1)

1988-2002 Chevrolet and GMC Light Duty Trucks

1999-2000 Cadillac Escalade

2002 Cadillac Escalade

This bulletin is being revised to add Model Years, Models and additional information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-00-89-008 (Section 00 -- General Information).

Some customers may want to tow their vehicle behind another vehicle with all four tires on the ground. This is referred to as "dinghy" towing. Towing in this manner is acceptable only on the following vehicles and if the vehicle is properly equipped and prepared as described below.

Please refer to the applicable vehicle Owner's Manual before towing.

Passenger Cars

Notice
These vehicles must not be towed backwards or transmission damage may occur.




1995-2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, Pontiac Sunfire and 1996-2000 Toyota Cavalier equipped with Hydra-Matic® 4T40-E Automatic Transmission (AT) (RPO MN4) or 5-Speed Manual Transmission (MT) (RPOs MK7, MJ1, M86, M94)
1995-2002 Pontiac Grand Am equipped with Hydra-Matic® 4T40-E or 4T45-E AT (RPOs MN4, MN5) or 5-Speed MT (RPO MJ1)
1995-1998 Oldsmobile Achieva equipped with a 5-Speed MT (RPO MJ1)
1997-2002 Chevrolet Malibu and 1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass equipped with Hydra-Matic® 4T40-E AT (RPO MN4)
1999-2002 Oldsmobile Alero equipped with Hydra-Matic® 4T40-E or 4T45-E AT (RPOs MN4, MN5)
1994-1997 Geo Tracker / 1998-2002 Chevrolet Tracker 4WD models equipped with 3L30 or 03-72LE AT (RPOs M41, M65, MX1) or 5-Speed MT (RPO M59)
Towing Procedure

Notice
Failure to follow these instructions may result in damage to the transmission.



Important
The towing speed as stated in the Owner's Manual should not exceed 104 km/h (65 mph) for 1995-2002 vehicles.


In order to properly dinghy tow the vehicle, follow these steps:

Firmly set the parking brake.
Open the fuse panel and pull the fuse(s) indicated in the Owner's Manual section detailing towing your vehicle. This prevents the instrument panel (IP) and/or electronic PRNDL indicator from draining the battery.
Securely attach the vehicle to the tow vehicle.
Turn the ignition key to the OFF position, which is one position forward of LOCK. Unlocking the steering column allows for proper movement of the front wheels and tires during towing. For 1997-1999 Cutlass, 1997-2002 Malibu, and 1999-2002 Alero/Grand Am models, turn the ignition switch to the accessory (ACC) position, which is one position forward of OFF. This position unlocks the transaxle.
Shift the transmission to Neutral (N).

Notice
Use extra care whenever towing another vehicle. Do not exceed the towing vehicle's gross combination weight (GCW) by adding the weight of the dinghy towed vehicle or vehicle damage may result.


When the vehicle being towed is firmly attached to the tow vehicle, release the parking brake.
Replace the fuse(s) in the fuse panel when finished towing.
Tracker Models

Important
Two-wheel drive Trackers cannot be dinghy towed. Two-wheel drive models MUST be towed with the rear drive wheels on a dolly.
The towing speed must not exceed 90 km/h (55 mph).

In order to properly dinghy tow a 4WD Tracker, follow these steps:

Set the parking brake.
Shift the transmission into Park (AT) or second gear (MT).
With the ignition key in the ON position, move the transfer case to Neutral. Make sure the 4WD indicator on the IP is Off.
Turn the ignition key to ACC in order to unlock the steering wheel.
Release the parking brake.
Stop towing the vehicle every 300 km (200 mi) and do the following steps:

Start the engine of the towed vehicle.
Leave the transfer case shift lever in Neutral.
Shift the transmission to Drive (AT). For vehicles with MT, leave the transmission in second gear with the clutch engaged.
Run the engine at medium speed for one minute to circulate the oil through the transfer case.
Four Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive Light Duty Trucks
Dinghy towing is permitted on the following trucks with the transfer case placed in the Neutral position. Refer to the end of this bulletin for identification information to determine type of transfer case.

K trucks equipped with Borg-Warner 1370, 4401, or 4470 transfer case
K trucks (old style) equipped with NVG 241 transfer case (RPO NP2)
K trucks (new style) equipped with NVG 246 transfer case (RPO NP8)
K trucks equipped with NVG 261 transfer case (RPO NP2)
K trucks equipped with NVG 263 transfer case (RPO NP1)
T Utility trucks (new style) equipped with NVG 226 transfer case
T trucks equipped with NVG 231 transfer case (RPO NP2)
T Utility trucks equipped with NVG 236 transfer case (RPO NP8)
The following vehicles should NOT be dinghy towed because the transfer cases in these vehicles either have no neutral position or do not have an internal oil pump to provide lubrication while being towed. In order to properly tow the following vehicles, place the vehicle on a platform trailer with all four tires off the ground. Avoid towing the vehicle with all four tires on the ground. In rare instances when towing with all four tires on the ground is unavoidable, both the front and the rear propeller shafts must be removed in order to prevent damage to the transfer case and/or transmission. Because front and rear propeller shafts are matched to attaching components at assembly, refer to the applicable Service Manual for procedures on propeller shaft removal/installation.

K trucks equipped with NVG 208 transfer case (no oil pump)
K trucks equipped with optional electric shift NVG 243 transfer case (RPO NP1) (no Neutral position)
Syclone, Typhoon, L Van, and Bravada equipped with Borg-Warner 4472 transfer case (no Neutral position) and NVG 136 transfer case
T trucks equipped with NVG 207 transfer case (no oil pump)
T trucks equipped with optional electric shift NVG 233 transfer case (RPO NP1) (no Neutral position)
Towing Procedure
In order to properly dinghy tow the vehicle, use the following procedure:

Firmly set the parking brake.
Place the AT in Park (P) or the MT in the lowest gear (1st).
Securely attach the vehicle being towed to the tow vehicle.

Caution
Shifting the transfer case to Neutral can cause the vehicle to roll, even if the transmission is in park (automatic) or 1st gear (manual), and may cause personal injury.


If equipped, place the transfer case shift lever in Neutral (N).

Notice
Use extra care whenever towing another vehicle. Do not exceed the towing vehicle's gross combination weight (GCW) by adding the weight of the dinghy towed vehicle or vehicle damage may result.


When the vehicle being towed is firmly attached to the tow vehicle, release the parking brake.
Insert the ignition key and turn the key to the OFF position, which is one position forward of LOCK. Unlocking the steering column allows for proper movement of the front wheels and tires during towing.
Rear Wheel Drive Light Duty Trucks

Important
Dust or dirt can enter the back of the transmission through the opening created by the removal of the slip yoke from the transmission if proper protection is not provided.
Verify that the transmission fluid is at the proper level before driving the truck.

Rear wheel drive vehicles, equipped with AT or MT, should NOT be dinghy towed. These transmissions have no provisions for internal lubrication while being towed. In order to properly tow these vehicles, place the vehicle on a platform trailer with all four tires off the ground. Avoid towing the vehicle with all four tires on the ground. In rare instances when it is unavoidable that a rear wheel drive vehicle be dinghy towed, the propeller shaft to axle yoke orientation should be marked and the propeller shaft removed. Refer to the applicable Service Manual for procedures on propeller shaft removal/installation.

Transfer Case Identification
The identification tag on the rear half of the transfer case provides the following information:

The Model number
The Transfer Case Assembly Part Number
The Serial Number
The low-range reduction ratio

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