[DML] Re: Towing the DMC
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[DML] Re: Towing the DMC



Videobob,
(or if you attempt and try to do it Videoboob... ; )

Don't do it! Unless you want to rebuild your auto tranny! There are a 
few choices,(1) remove both drive axles (2)use a special pump that 
you hookup to you auto to keep the tranny fluid in circulation(that 
is what the RV'ers use)(3) rent a aluminum car trailer,and put it 
onto that.(4) there are Special hubs that can be put on the car that 
ONLY make the tires spin,and NOT the drivetrain. BUT I do not think 
it is made for Deloreans.What happens when you tow a automatic 
equipped car(in this case the Delorean)is that you are spinning the 
internals of the automatic tranny,but NOTHING is getting 
lubricated,you can do it if you are only moving it a few hundred feet
(ie:pushing by hand)but at high speed,it is no different than running 
a motor with no oil pressure.The pump for the auto tranny is located 
at the front of the tranny and is only working with the motor 
running,which is hooked up to the flywheel,thru the torque 
converter,if the motor is not running,you get NO hydraulic pressure 
buildup,which in turn lubricates and runs your auto tranny under 
Hydraulic pressure,no pressure,equals no lubrication,which means you 
will quickly burnout you automatic tranny...PERIOD.In the 1950's and 
early 60's they had cars with dual pumps in the automatics(one in 
front and one in back)those cars you COULD actually push start them! 
Or even shut the motor off in netural and coast along and start them 
up like a standard tranny(popping the clutch thing)(I had a 62 
Mercury Comet that I used to do that all the time with)BUT in the mid 
60's all car makers switched to the one pump system(front pump only) 
on the automatic trannies(for cost savings purposes).So again NEVER 
tow a Automatic tranny car on the wheels that are hooked up to the 
automatic tranny. 

cbl 

 --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Videobob Moseley" <videobob@xxxx> 
wrote:
>
> 
> Does anyone have any experience towing a DeLorean?
> Mine is an automatic, I would love to be able to simply tow it with 
a pull 
> bar,
> you know where it rides on it's own wheels with an attacthed bar 
directly 
> behind
> the tow vehicle. I see a lot of RV's pulling cars this way.
> I figure I could just put it in nuetral right?
> 
> I need to pull it with my car, a Dodge Magnum, which claims to only 
pull 
> about 3800 pounds.
> Since the DMC is 2800, that only leaves about 1000 pounds for a cau 
hauler 
> which is pushing it.
> If I could pull just the car itself it would be a huge relief.
> 
> Any suggestions?
> - Videobob
>








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