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Hauling a car

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rick13, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Hey Guys!

    Just a quick question: When hauling a car, do you

    1. Leave the car in gear


    2. Leave the car in neutral?

    My racing friends say they always leave their race cars in neutral when transporting due to the car rocking back in fort which will hurt the gears in the transmission.

    Is this the correct way to transport???
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,284

    Hell no put that thing in park with the parking brake on and strap it tight

    Would you really want 4000+ lbs rocking on your straps and anchor points? We strap down on the axles or tires so the suspension can flex. But no rocking
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  3. Vecchio Lawn Care

    Vecchio Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 905

    Park and parking brake.
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Apply the parking brake first then put the transmission in park.
  5. looperlawn

    looperlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    I help my buddy with a wrecker service every now and then he puts in gear or park ,brake and chain in back and winch it tight in the front. It is solid as the bed.
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    All of the trucks I've hauled I set the parking brake, let it find it's spot then throw it in park. Strap from 4 corners either with axle straps or from the tires. Depending on the vehicle I'll sometimes add a strap front and rear pulling the body down on the suspension to keep it from "floating" around.

    If the vehicle has not had the parking brake used in a long time I usually refrain from setting it and just put the vehicle in park and watch what I do when strapping it down as to not try and pull the vehicle with the straps. I'll tighten the front and rear straps equally as opposed to cranking one end down and then the other leaving the parking pawl in the trans to be my resistance. That's not good for anything.
  7. TuffTurfLawnCare

    TuffTurfLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    With the car in nuetral, parking brake off, strap it down, then tighten the straps. Then apply the parking brake, then put in park. This keeps the stress of the parking pawl inside the transmission (which if most people saw how little it was, they would understand why). The straps and tie downs are used to secure the vehicle, not the parking brake and parking pawl. Having towed/hauled more vehicles and equipment than can I count, I say this with experience and an intimate working knowledge of what "park" is on a transmission.

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