will my transmission be damaged if i tow the car in neutral?

its a manual 5 speed. i want to rig the bar from a truck to it with chains and such, then tow it cross country.
so im wondering will towing it in neutral damage the tranny or anything else since the car isnt on and lubricating things and whatnot.
thanks all

If your car is okay to be towed all four wheels on the ground, yes you should tow it in neutral. If it’s a manual front wheel drive, yes it’s safe. Some manual rear wheel drives are okay to tow without any modification. Some require that you disconnect the driveshaft where it meets the differential and place the transmission in gear. Some 4WD vehicles can be towed without modification, but require that you place the transfer case in neutral, but leave the transmission in gear. Some require you to disconnect the drive shaft at the rear differential. And then there are those that just can’t be towed unless you do things like install an electric fluid pump.

So… If it’s front wheel drive manual, yes tow it in neutral. Everything else, ask around. Ask the dealer, ask a towing company, ask a transmission shop.

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8 Responses to “will my transmission be damaged if i tow the car in neutral?”

  1. Kimberly says:

    it will be fine
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  2. lalalandliss says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re actually supposed to have it in neutral if you’re having it towed… :) So you should be totally fine! :)
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  3. Jon says:

    fine as long as its not AWD or 4WD

    you can always request a flat-bed tow truck. which is easier on your car.
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  4. Kilowatt says:

    That is precisely how you tow a manual. Since the car is not in gear, nothing needs lubricating. Just be sure to check the vehicle for leaks since my son had a friend who towed her car to Texas and a gas leak resulted in the car going up in flames.
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  5. yeahdude says:

    you will definently need to put it in neutral, its suppose to be , especially when towing

    it would damage the tranny if it was in a gear…
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  6. R P says:

    Pull the drive shaft off & push a soft plug into the transmission’s seal.
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  7. Gordon S says:

    You need to check your owners manual or with your local dealership. Some stick shift cars and light trucks cannot be towed very far in neutral, and some can be towed forever in neutral, you’d be better off to check before you ruin your transmission. If you can’t find out, your better off to be safe and pull the driveshaft.
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  8. MooCowMan says:

    If your car is okay to be towed all four wheels on the ground, yes you should tow it in neutral. If it’s a manual front wheel drive, yes it’s safe. Some manual rear wheel drives are okay to tow without any modification. Some require that you disconnect the driveshaft where it meets the differential and place the transmission in gear. Some 4WD vehicles can be towed without modification, but require that you place the transfer case in neutral, but leave the transmission in gear. Some require you to disconnect the drive shaft at the rear differential. And then there are those that just can’t be towed unless you do things like install an electric fluid pump.

    So… If it’s front wheel drive manual, yes tow it in neutral. Everything else, ask around. Ask the dealer, ask a towing company, ask a transmission shop.
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