MVS Forum member discuss the topic of towing advice for Volvos and which methods work best – Tow Dolly vs Auto Transporter
Hello All.I’m new to the forum and new to owning a Volvo
, although the car itself is not new. I bought a 1994 850 (non-turbo) sedan this past December. The odometer is broken so the mileage is inaccurate. It’s been fixed on 146,753 miles since I bought it and who knows how long it’s been like that!
Anyway, I currently live in North Carolina but I will be moving to Wisconsin next week. I’ll be towing the vehicle on a tow dolly behind my U-Haul truck and from what I understand I need to disconnect the drive train so I don’t ruin my transmission (which I just had rebuilt a few months ago).
I’ve been told I can either put the car on the dolly backwards and tie the steering wheel to the brake pedal to keep it somewhat stationary (which I’d rather not do) or disconnect the drive shaft which I have no idea how to do.
So, I’m asking for assistance. I searched the forum’s library for related topics and couldn’t find any so I apologize if I am repeating a topic that has already been discussed.
Can anyone offer step-by-step instructions for disconnecting the drive-train?
“I have also towed with a 1/2 ton suburban, and although the rear end does sag a bit when loading a car on a u-haul transport. But, putting the car on backwards on the transport can be REAL dangerous, as in, an uncontrollable trailer sway. I have seen a 1/2 ton chevy pickup going down the highway, with an offroad tubelar frame rear engine buggy loaded on the trailer backwards. With a very slight crosswind, he was ALL OVER his freeway lane. He had real bad case of uncontrolable trailer sway. Please put the car on front end first on to any auto transport trailer. I also prefer the auto transport over the dolly. Not only does the transport tow easier, it has brakes, as mentioned before. It also has the appropriate trailer lites. Unless you want to run your own wiring to the back of your volvo ( I did when I towed my ’90 Honda Accord on a dolly), the back of your volvo will not lite up when connected to a tow dolly. No tail lights and NO BRAKE lites. Yes, the tow dolly has those lites, but they are up by the front wheels of the towed vehicle. Not safe in the day time, and Dangerous at night!”
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