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trailer towing question

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  1. aquaholictommy

    aquaholictommy Guest

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    I have a 89 Escort Wagon, automatic with about 86,000 miles. The manual says that the maximum towing weight is 1,000 pounds. I have a boat, motor and trailer weighing just about 1,400 pounds. I live in a area of NJ that is flat, no hills. If I was to install a transmission cooler and kept my towing to less then 8 miles a trip (that is how far the boat amp is from my house), could I get away with the extra weight with out harming the car?
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    Jeffescortlx FEOA Member

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    Should be OK, but having any passengers ride along might push it over the edge.
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    i tow a 12ft aluminum boat with a 7.5hp strapped up, along with some gear in the boat, and my car does fine. not quite sure of the weight tho.. ive had 4 passengers without a problem too. then again my car is a 5speed so i just have to go a little easy on the clutch with the extra weight but overall ive never had any problems. where in jersey are you from?
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    You gotta be careful not to over load the brakes. That 1000 lbs is usually limted by the braking and the chassis strength more than the power of the engine and trans. And generally, they put a safety marging of 30 - 40 % on rated towing capacity. So if they say 1000 lbs, it'll really do 1300 - 1400, so you're pushing the limits there.
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    You're probably fine.

    I forget if that year Escort has an "overdrive lockout" button (or whatever they call the switch that prevents torque-convertor lockup).

    Anyway, look to see if there's a switch to prevent torque-convertor lockup, and if there is, use it.
    Our old Protege had one...lots of cars do.
    Other cars have a "D" and "D o/d" choice on the shifter.

    If the trans oil is old, it wouldn't hurt to change it.
    And it's a good idea not to push the car too hard when towing (accelerate gentley and keep the speed down a bit).
    You might not even really need a trans cooler if you baby it.
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    ok to add to this thread, my brother is towing home his rabbit convertible from school on a dolley. 6hr drive all flat. could his 93-97 ranger xlt 2.3 5 speed tow it safely?
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    without a doubt

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