akowalsk at comcast.net
Thu Feb 17 23:24:54 EST 2005
I agree with the manual. On a non-Torsen Q, as long as the front and center (the center is the key) diffs are unlocked, you can tow with the car on a hoist and the front wheels off the ground. BTDT for more than 50 miles with no apparent damage.
I would never put a Torsen-equipped car on anything other than a flatbed.
Speaking of which, who "tows" cars with all four wheels on the ground, anyway? That sounds more like dragging than towing, and if you have to do that...
> Message: 7
> Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 21:18:55 -0500 (EST)
> From: Jonathan Farrugia <jfarrugi at umich.edu>
> Subject: Re: Towing
> To: Kneale Brownson <knotnook at traverse.com>
> Cc: urq at audifans.com, quattro at audifans.com
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> okay so what models have Torsen center differentials? i looked over my
> bentley manual covering my 87 5000 quattro and it says the following under
> long distance towing.
> "There are no restrictions on speed or distance when towing
> manual-transmission cars behind other vehicles."
> it also has this warning.
> CAUTION - 5000 CS Quattro only
> "Whenever possible, tow with front wheels off ground. The central and rear
> differential must be "unlocked" during towing."
> i didn't see any prohibitions for towing a quattro in neutral all four
> down. i did this with a car that i have yet to drive hence the curiosity.
> On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Kneale Brownson wrote:
> > You can tow other quattro models slowly for short distances with all four
> > down. But not Torsen center diffy models.
> > At 07:22 PM 2/17/2005 -0500, Jonathan Farrugia wrote:
> > >has anyone ever damaged a quattro towing it in neutral with two or four
> > >wheels down. i did a google search and didn't come up hits except for a
> > >car that was towed in second gear.
> > >
> > >jonathan
> > >
> > >On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, Kneale Brownson wrote:
> > >
> > >> Owner's manual for the V8 says the car cannot be towed "in any normal
> > >> manner". The book shows a car on a flatbed.
> > >
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