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Posted: 03/13/09 09:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to tow my 2008 Honda Civic (auto transmission) and realize that the owner's manual warns against this. A local Honda tech says he has been towing his Hondas with a motor home for 20 years and advises that there is no problem with this as long as the engine is started and the shift is moved downward through each selection ( R,N,D,D2,1) and then back up to neutral before shutting off the engine; and then, this procedure repeated every 8 hours during towing.

Has anyone ever heard of this procedure or, better yet, used it successfully in towing their Civic? Also, any other precaution I should take in towing, if in fact it can be towed at all? I certainly would not want to damage the transmission or void the warranty.





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Posted: 03/13/09 10:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

But, did he tell what model of Honda he is pulling? Maybe he uses a tow dolly and forgot to tell you.

I have been looking at Honda's to pull 4-down and the Civic is not listed.


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Posted: 03/13/09 10:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your procedure is correct except the engine must be run for three minutes minimum before shutting it down. We towed Honda Civics for 12 years with no problem.


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Posted: 03/13/09 10:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is the procedure Honda requires on their cars that are approved for towing eg CRV's and FITS.

Honda in the 90's and early 2000's pretty much said all ther cars were flat towable, even some that weren't on the approved list but they have pared the list down. Even the Element is not approved and it is the approved CRV's mechanical twin; same drive train.

Bottom line is, even if there are people succesfully towing them, are you ready to void your warranty and be responsible for a $3000 tranmission rebuild?

I wouldn't. That's why bought a CRV.


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Big Katuna wrote:

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Bottom line is, even if there are people succesfully towing them, are you ready to void your warranty and be responsible for a $3000 tranmission rebuild?

I wouldn't. That's why bought a CRV.


yep, if the owner's manual sez no. I don't do it.
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