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.
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.