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DRTDEVL

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Posted: 01/09/19 05:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One piece of warning: The owner's manual may not always be right.

We are at the peak of Snowbird season down here in the southwest, and I have already towed in two different 2018 Chevy SUVs that were being flat-towed within the same week. The issue is with the instructions: flat-tow by placing in neutral and turn ignition off.

You can't turn the push-button ignition off in neutral, only park. So you either run the engine in neutral all day long, or start it every couple hours and run for a while to charge the battery. Another option would be to disconnect the battery once in neutral.

Yes, GM is aware of the issue by now. I am not sure how they will handle it, whether a re-programming of the computer in cars that people desire to flat-tow, or a prohibition in the manual.

I'm sure this will be a growing issue with the proliferation of push-button ignitions.


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Hey, Earl! Asking before you buy is the way to go. Too, to, two many don’t ask first.


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Earl, welcome. I used to tow a Chevy Sonic as those above. Great little tow car, automatic transmission. I now tow a Jeep Wrangler. Once setup to tow both do great. The Sonic weighs less, the Jeep gives me way more options on where I can go. Didn’t dare take Sonic through Monument Valley as an example. Sonic has a more comfortable ride, better if you need to take extra adults for a ride, but a way lower fun factor. When looking for a tow setup take a hard look at the Ready Brute Elite setup. Easy to use.


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