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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 06:05 PM
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Don't do it, as stated, they were not designed to be flat towed.
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Thanks for the info. I wasn't sure as I saw a frontier being towed 4 wheels down on my way to the beach, so I thought I would ask. Which I would have got a pick but they were moving the opposite way.
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Read you owners manual, it is clearly stated.
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I burned out the synchromesh in a manual transmission car once towing it like that...I would never do it again without first disconnecting the drivelines...its just not worth the risk.
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So, what changed between 2006 and say 2014? Is it still the same transmission and transfer case? Why was it OK in the owners manual to flat tow in 2006 and not with later models?
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Where does it say you can't on the newer ones? All I have ever seen is "NO" with an automatic. And "YES" with a manual, providing you run it every few hundred miles to lube the transmission.

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Where does it say you can't on the newer ones? All I have ever seen is "NO" with an automatic. And "YES" with a manual, providing you run it every few hundred miles to lube the transmission.
I know my 2011 owner's manual still says I can flat tow my 6MT. Run it for two minutes, tow it up to 500 miles, repeat.
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From the Owner's Manual for my 2011 Xterra:

FLAT TOWING
Towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the
ground is sometimes called flat towing. This
method is sometimes used when towing a vehicle
behind a recreational vehicle, such as a motor
home.

CAUTION
● Failure to follow these guidelines can result in severe transmission damage.
● Whenever flat towing your vehicle, always tow forward, never backward.
● DO NOT tow any automatic transmission vehicle with all four wheels on the
ground (flat towing). Doing so WILL DAMAGE internal transmission parts
due to lack of transmission lubrication.
● For emergency towing procedures refer to “Towing recommended by NISSAN”
in the “In case of emergency” section of this manual.

Manual Transmission (if so equipped)
● Always tow with the manual transmission in Neutral.
● On 4-wheel drive vehicles, place the transfer case in the 2H range. Failure to do so will
cause the powertrain to bind up.
● After towing 500 miles (805 km), start and idle the engine with the transmission in Neutral for two minutes. Failure to idle the engine
after every 500 miles (805 km) of towing may cause damage to internal transmission parts.

Automatic Transmission (if so equipped)
To tow a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission, an appropriate vehicle dolly MUST
be placed under the towed vehicle’s drive wheels. Always follow the dolly manufacturer’s
recommendations when using their product.

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