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Old 07-19-2009, 04:46 PM   #1
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towing an E36...

i need to have my e36 318is towed to have someone work on it. i was going to use a dolly from u-haul, but the guy said that i cant, and if i do; i would have to disconnect the drive shaft. is this true?

my car is a 5spd by the way.

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Old 07-19-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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Not sure about having to remove the drive shaft, but I know BMW only recommends towing on a flatbed. Any other method will void warranty.....
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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i highly doubt that you have to remove the drive shaft. If it was auto i believe that would be a different story. Since the car is manual all you should have to do is put in neutral.
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:58 PM   #4
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i had to get mine towed from stc the other day 80 bucks ....gotta get caa lol
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:11 PM   #5
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As long as it's on a dolly it should be ok. Just make sure the rear wheels aren't rolling.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:36 PM   #6
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The issue here has to do with lubrication of the main shaft and bearings in the tranny. With the front of the car up in the air and the shaft spinning they could run dry and cause problems, even with a manual tranny. However, I've read elsewhere that BMW says it's ok not to use a flatbed if max. speed does not exceed 30MPH and max distance does not exceed 25 miles. I've used tow dollies before in a pinch with no damage, but in the end it's your car so it's your choice. If you have CAA you can get a flatbed and if you don't, it's only like $110 for the gold membership.
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:40 PM   #7
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The rear wheels on a 5spd can roll all they want, it wont damage it ONE bit! I used a dolly to tow my 1st show car back in the days, before i got a tailer. In NO case you have to disconect the driveshaft, even on an automatic it can be towed from the back (front wheels on the ground)...
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Old 07-20-2009, 12:41 AM   #8
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thanks for the info guys.... much appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:08 PM   #9
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The gears in a manual tranny are spun by the input shaft, so with the engine off and the transmission in neutral, only the output shaft is spinning. The gear teeth are not 'churning' the fluid, which is what lubricates the tranny (i.e. bearings on output shaft). I've risked it before myself and you'll probably get away with it if you're not going too far or fast, or doing it all the time, but this is why your owner's manual says to use a flatbed for towing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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i think i will be needing a flat bed, i have to tow my car about 90km, so i would say thats a bit of a distance...
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