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Towing a K5

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by HAWDSON, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. HAWDSON

    HAWDSON Newbie

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    I have a 81 K5, automatic, that I would like to pull behind my motorhome. Will puliing it with the transfer case in neutral cause any damage to it or the transmission or will I need to disconnect the drive line??? Thanks
     
  2. Blazer_Boy

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    For long distance towing, it's recommended to remove the driveshafts. You'll have to get a rag or something to stick in the back slip yoke of the transfer case, or you'll lose a lot of fluid.

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  3. surg82k5

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    I would have to second blazer boy. removing the driveshafts is very easy to do and is a lot easier that removing and replacing the tranny or x-case. Just my thoughts.
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  4. Ryan B.

    Ryan B. 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    It won't matter if everything's in neutral.
    I heard that when you tow with your rear driveshaft hooked up, the rear bearing on the countershaft is always spinning with the driveshaft. And since the tranny oil pump isn't going there is no lubrication to that bearing and eventually it will heat up and melt down.

    Take it from me dude, we flat towed our jeep... made it all the way to pismo, and on the way back the rear tires on the jeep locked up and came to a screeching squirrly hault on the side of the freeway. We melted that bearing and it seized up. cost about $400 to fix. We'll always take the 5 minutes to disconnect the driveshaft and think about what we'd do with that extra $400.
     
  5. Chris Demartini

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    <font color=blue>Disconnect it and strap it to the frame or something. It only takes 5 minutes and its a lot better than replacing the trans and case. Dont take it out completely, you'll loose fluid from the t-case
     

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