Towing with the Explorer


Old 11-20-03, 03:35 PM
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Towing with the Explorer

I just purchased a really nice 1999 Explorer with a V8 and all-wheel drive. I will be towing a 3,000 lb boat and wonder how it will do. I am sure that there is enough engine but how about the 4-speed automatic tranny and the all-wheel drive system?

Is there any special maintenance I should be doing and should I be watching for any problems? Should I keep it out of overdrive when towing? Hopefully this rig is tuff enough.

Any informed opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-20-03, 04:35 PM
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The owners manual should list the maintenance intervals for your vehicle.I would use the severe usage catagory.I also would change the transmission fluid/filter,transfer case fluid(Ford specs)front and rear differential if it has any amount of miles on it and flush the cooling system.You may want to add a external trans cooler unless equipped from the factory with one.
Old 11-20-03, 05:03 PM
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Not to suggest that you'll ever break down, but if you ever need to have your Explorer towed be sure to inform the towing company that it is all-wheel drive. They're not very common and it will avoid them showing up with a wheel-lift truck.


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