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#9 of 23 2001 Tracker Toading
Jan 03, 2009 (7:40 am)
I recently purchased a 2001 Tracker 2-wheel drive, 2L automatic. The vehicle has w/104K miles on it. It’s been well cared for but...
I towed the vehicle behind out RV for 200 miles after warming it up and placing the transmission in neutral. Upon reaching our destination the car would not back up when placed in reverse, it acted like it was in neutral. The Chevy garage said it was the Star Sun gear that went out and that I needed to replace the transmission. Now the “forward” gears are doing the same.
My question is: Can this Tracker model (with Auto transmission) be towed w/4 down? And, did I damage the transmission towing it?
#10 of 23 Re: 2001 Tracker Toading [oklahoma_guy]
Jan 03, 2009 (9:08 am)
Have you checked your '2001 Tracker Manual', my guess is that you have destroyed your tranny. I forget where I heard or read that the straight automatic could not be towed 4 down.
#11 of 23 Re: 2001 Tracker Toading [oklahoma_guy]
Jan 03, 2009 (9:15 am)
Sadly, you probably did some serious damage. It is my understanding that only the 4 wheel drive Trackers are flat towable without modification. The instructions in the owner's manual on 4 wheel drive vehicles specifies that the transfer case be placed in neutral, transmission in park and the steering wheel unlocked. It also specifies that the engine should be started every 200 miles and run for as few minutes with the transmission in drive. Having the 4 wheel drive transfer case is the key feature. Placing it in neutral effectively disconnects the wheels from the drive train.
#13 of 23 Towing 1992 Tracker
Jun 20, 2009 (2:56 pm)
1992 Tracker 5 speed std trans. 4/4, what method is recomended to tow behind a Motor home, a dolly or flat ? Any suggestions. I currently have a dolly.
#14 of 23 Re: 2001 Tracker Toading [oklahoma_guy]
Jul 03, 2011 (9:39 pm)
With out being 4x4, you have no transfer case, the 4x4 transfer case effectively when in neutral takes the transmission out of gear another words automatic trans is just sitting there for the ride.
2wd Automatic trans...with drive wheels on the ground the driveshaft spins the transmission, without the motor running the front pump doesn't work. So the driveshaft spins the trans, front pump isn't pumping fluid to keep the trans cool. Sooo sir I'm sorry to say you burnt your transmission up. You can tow it on a car dolly with drive wheels up
#15 of 23 1999 tracker towing on dolly
Mar 22, 2012 (9:19 am)
I have a 1999 tracker 4x4 manual trans and I want to tow it on a dolly with front wheels up. How do I set up the transfer case and tranny?
#16 of 23 Re: 1999 tracker towing on dolly [llgillette]
Mar 22, 2012 (8:52 pm)
If your tracker is a 4x4 you can put the transfer case in neutral and tow it with all wheels down. I have a 2003 racker 4x4 that I have towed over 12,000 miles with no trouble. You can buy a good used tow bar on eBay for under $400 or you can buy a real inexpensive one from Harbor freight for less than $100.
#17 of 23 Re: 1999 tracker towing on dolly [rgirard]
Mar 22, 2012 (8:59 pm)
I'm sorry....I just noticed that I didn't answer your question. The set up for a dolly tow is the same as for towing four down. Put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission in park. (You have a rear wheel drive vehicle). The manual says that the engine should be started and run for about five minutes every 200 miles. I usually forget to do this and I haven's had any problems.
#18 of 23 Re: 1999 tracker towing on dolly [rgirard]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Mar 23, 2012 (3:22 am)
Transmission in Park with the rear wheels on the road?
That doesn't sound right....