Syracuse Pros Towing FAQ’s

What is towing a car?

Towing is coupling two or more objects together so that they may be pulled by a designated power source or sources. The towing source may be a motorized land vehicle, vessel, animal, or human, and the load being anything that can be pulled.

What is the difference between towing and pulling?

When used as verbs, pull means to apply a force to (an object) so that it comes toward the person or thing applying the force, whereas tow means to pull something behind one using a line or chain.

Is it cheaper to tow a car or drive it?

Winner: Towing

Renting a tow dolly or vehicle trailer likely costs less than half as much as shipping a car. While there are other factors to consider, towing your car yourself is the cheapest way to get your car to your new home, and it’s the clear winner if budget is your number one concern.

What happens when you tow an automatic car?

Mechanical Issues and Transmission Damage

If you tow a vehicle with an automatic transmission while all the wheels are on the ground, it could result in a lot of damage. Similarly, all-wheel-drive vehicles require special precautions.

How do I know what weight my car can tow?

You can find your truck’s towing capacity in the owner’s manual or calculate it on your own. To find your truck’s towing capacity, subtract your truck’s curb weight from its Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR). The GCVWR is the maximum weight of your loaded truck and the weight of its attached trailer.

Can I tow more than towing capacity?

It won’t matter if you are towing the correct amount of weight if it exceeds the towing capacity of your hitch or if you aren’t securing your hitch properly. Again, refer to your manufacturer’s guidelines for the proper hitch for your towing vehicle and trailer setup.

How do I find out the towing capacity of my car?

Towing capacity formula

Find out curb weight (on VIN sticker). Add the weight of passengers, fuel, and cargo to the curb weight. Subtract this number from your vehicle’s GCWR ( you may have to look this up using your VIN if it’s not on the door sticker). This is your max towing capacity.

What happens if you tow over capacity?

Exceeding the recommended towing capacity causes the transmission to work harder than it’s meant to, which creates more heat energy. This heat breaks down the transmission fluid that lubricates the transmission’s moving parts. Without proper lubrication, the transmission can seize up and cause major damage.

How big of a trailer can I tow?

Most ¾ ton pickups can tow 12,000-15,000 lbs. With these bigger trucks, it opens up your options to more and bigger trailers. The gas models can generally tow between 9,500 and 15,000 pounds. Diesel models tow up to 14,500 18,000 pounds.

Can I use a tow dolly for long-distance?

A tow dolly is your most affordable option, but it’s also the hardest to use, and we don’t recommend it for long distances. A car trailer is more expensive, but it causes less wear and tear on your vehicles, is safer to tow, and can carry vehicles of many shapes, sizes, and drivetrains.