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Randall C
Randall C, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Toyota
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Experience:  ASE Master Technician, 32 years, diagnostic/repair / electrical specialist
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I would just like to know if you can tow a 1998 RAV4 fwd

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I would just like to know if you can tow a 1998 RAV4 fwd behind any vehicl
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Customer: I bought this vehicle and I thought you can tow it
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Customer: Just looking for info 4 cylinder auotomatic 186000 km
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Randall C replied 1 year ago.

Hello, no you can not flat tow meaning all 4 wheels on the ground with and automatic trans,. manual trans you can, not automatic. The only way to tow is a type of dingy tow meaning front wheels off the ground on a trailer. Flat towing will damage the trans as axles turn but no internal lubrication, . Even in neutral it can not be flat towed. If it was a manual trans? then no problem just not automatics. The link I have attached is direct from Toyota Customer care center. I wish it could be for your sake but if you elect to tow all 4 wheels on the ground, you can get away for short 911 distances, just no further. One would have to remove both axles which is a lot of work for a towing event