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darlewis

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Posted: 08/15/05 03:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone towed a Chevy Colorado(with automatic transmission, without disconnect) at a speed higher than 55 MPH? If so, did it cause a problem and what kind of problem. After reading in the manual that the vehicle couldn't be towed over 55 we called the dealer, the mechanic said "up to 55 the transfer case would oil the gears, over that it would not." This does not make a lot of sense to us. We are leaving on a trip, towing the Colorado for the first time and really don't want to be restricted to a 55 MPH. Thanks for any info you can provide.

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I have towed my 2005 Chevy Colorado Z71 4x4 w/crew cab for more than 9800 miles. The vehicle can be towed at more than 55 mph and my owners manual does not have that restriction printed on the pages that someone has cited. The vehicle does not need to have any fuses pulled. To tow the vehicle, with the engine running, place the transfer case in neutral by depressing and holding the 2wd and 4wd low button for about 10 seconds. After the vehicle transfer case shifts to neutral, put the vehicle in reverse and drive to make sure that the case is neutral. Place the gear in neutral, shut off the engine, put the vehicle in park, remove the key. The wheels on a 4x4 do not lock so no need to leave the ignition on. This vehicle weighs about 4000 lbs and tows very nicely behind my class a gasser. I have towed (no comments from the tow police please!) at speeds greater than 55 mph. Several other forum members tow a Colorado 4x4's and GMC Canyon 4x4. I have no experience with the two wheel drive version.


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Posted: 08/16/05 05:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can't speak for the 4-wheel drive Colorado, but we have a 2004 2-wheel drive 4-door, automatic tranny Colorado. I installed the Remco Drive shaft disconnect (my second one, first one was on a S10 pickup). Have had no trouble on either of the two. Remco says in their instructions, once the drive-shaft is disconnected put the transmission in park and remove ignition key. This requires putting ignition to "Lock". The other post is correct, when ignition is in "Lock" the steering wheel does not lock on this vehicle. No fuse to remove either. Being in Park concerned me a little in that if the disconnect accidently engaged itself it would probably tear up the parking pawl, but I've towed it quite a few miles and have had no problems. Considering it takes a little finese to engage the disconnect, I don't think it will accidently engage on its own.

I recently had the Colorado weighed. It weighs 3975 lbs with 3/4 tank of gas and this includes a bed tool box (steel) with a few tools and misc items inside of it. I imagine my tool box with the stuff in it would weight about 75 to 80 lbs. So the truck would be right at 3900 curb weight. I would guess a 4-wheel drive would be an additional 250 to 300 lbs, but that's just a guess.


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I've been towing my GMC Canyon for the past 8 months and 8K miles. I have absolutely no problem towing it at all. Following the owner's manual, I put the transfer case in neutral, turn off the engine and place the trans in park, remove the key and lock the truck with the key fob. The truck is made so the steering column does not lock. I do not remove any fuses. Usually fuse removal prevents battery drain when some toad's require the key in the ignition in order to unlock the steering column.


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I just got back from pulling a GMC Canyon (Colorado clone) nearly 8400 miles. It's the best dinghy I've ever pulled (at all highway speeds, too)!

I've got the automatic 4x4. So here are some answers:

1) The steering doesn't lock.
2) No need to pull fuses, because once you're in neutral, you turn off the ignition, pull the key (optional), and lock the doors (optional). Away you go!
3) The directions for putting tranny in neutral and back out are very simple to follow. It takes all of about 1 minute both ways. (The directions are on page 2-29 of the owner's manual.)
4)The odometer is disconnected in neutral!!! No miles add up during tow!!!

Other than the doggy 5-banger powerplant, I'd highly recommend the Canyon/Colorado to anyone.

Hope this helps...

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I forgot to mention that the Colorado is a 2004, 4X4. We appreciate your quick responses as we are leaving in the morning (8/17/05) and will be towing the truck about 2200 miles before we return home. We feel a lot more secure now with the information we have received from you. Thanks.

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We just returned home from our trip. *No trouble pulling the Colorado* BUT-the check engine light came on when we disconnected the truck and would not go out...we had to take it to a GM dealer to have it tested and reset, they did not have a reason for it coming on. We followed the manual on hooking up, taking the fuses out and unhooking. When we got home yesterday we unhooked, *Darn Light is on Again*. Any clues as to why this is happening? He's taking it to the dealer to have it checked again. Thanks again.

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