can a 2004 chevy aveo be flat towed


Asked by Mar 23, 2013 at 05:07 AM about the 2004 Chevrolet Aveo Base

Question type: General

wondering if it can be flat towed behind motorhome

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Michael Tutty

The general rule of thumb is that if it is an automatic, no, but if it is a manual transmission, then yes. The definitive answer is in your owner's manual, though. It will tell you what procedures to follow. Depending on the size of the motor home, an Aveo on a dolly, or even a car trailer, will tow very easily, and no risk damage or wear to the car.

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I was going to suggest that Michael, we took our Nissan Altima cross many of our fifty states behind a rented moving truck with a rented tow-dolly. Let the rear wheels see the pavement. No need to flat-tow, this isn't james dean's porsche~ made the trip with flyin' colors, and here I am in California now. Do stop and see the Grand Canyon on that trip. It's worth it. leave the truck at the motel and let the car off the paddy, and use the car for the sightseeing-

must be the rear wheel drive thru a transmission you'd have to disconnect the ujoints and use mechanics wire to stop the tranny side from turnin; right near the differential (pumpkin). if the idle wear on the transmission is unacceptable. what is unacceptable is towing a honda backwards, in gear WILL destroy the engine.


What are you talking about there Judge? Something about rear wheel drive and mechanics wire. Just put the non-driven wheels on the ground.

I was merely suggesting that Michael was belly-achin about towing an automatic this way and suggested that the driveshaft could be disabled at the U-joints. if savefly done would not come tumblin down the freeway at high speed-


I definitely don't see an issue with using a flat bed type trailer with your FWD Chevy Aveo and having a Motorhome tow it. Assuming you're renting a trailer from U-Haul or similar place for the car?? In fact, IMO...this is the ONLY way that you can safely do it in your scenario. Any other method might cause damage to wheels, tires or suspension, body and God knows what else.

Michael Tutty

Judge: The Aveo is FRONT wheel drive. Pulling the driveshafts is not a simple, straight forward matter. On move cars, if it is a manual transmission, you can flat tow with no problem. As far as I know, there is not one rear automatic car you can flat tow without removing the driveshaft(s), as the transmission pump is driven off the input shaft/torque converter, and flat towing will cause the transmission to over heat and fail. In my opinion, it is easier to tow a car on a full trailer than either flat or dolly towing, because of the wheel base on the trailer. Of course, when it comes to safe towing of the vehicle, the owner's manual is the ONLY definitive source. Every owner's manual I have ever seen has a section on how to tow the vehicle without doing damage.

Yes, if your tow truck has a flat bed, would be no less convenient than cinching the chains for a two wheel tow....I hadn't thought of the new Taurus, subarus, etc. that want to bring 850 pounds extra wherever they go~ drat. wrong again accepting no appeals on the subject case closed~

Michael Tutty

Judge: Do not, ever, even for a mile, tow any of the all wheel drive vehicles on a tow dolly, and be very careful about flat towing them. They will break, for sure. They must be towed with all 4 wheels off the ground. That would include the Subarus. They are fussy enough that you have to change all 4 tires at the same time to prevent excessive wear in the centre dif, as they are all wheel, not part time 4-wheel, drive.

noted. Micheal....kinda adds to the reputation of the subaru as more of a delicate scientific instrument, not a 'slam 'em down into the mud' type-

Michael Tutty

That applies to any all wheel drive vehicle. The part-time systems disengage the second drive axle so that does not apply, although you will break the transfer case if you use two different sized tires. The new Subarus, particularly those with automatic transmissions, are not a robust, drag 'em through the mud vehicle. The manual transmission equipped cars have a slightly more robust, Torsen type, centre differential, instead of the computer controlled limited slip clutch type. Of course, the recent problems they have been having with head gaskets means I would not be terribly interested in one anyway.

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