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Old 08-29-2016, 03:33 PM   #11
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I too have gotten some tire scrubbing but not enough to worry about. Over 5000 miles now and only slightly worn. The rubber tire smell is more annoying.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:19 PM   #12
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So my experience has been that the passenger side dolly tire scrubs more than the drivers side. Replaced tire at ~5000 miles. Had purchased a spare when I bought the dolly. Then bought two tires at the plant to save shipping. Cost $20 to have the new tire mounted on rim at tire place that can handle all size rims.



To minimize the tire scrub I have been taking the time to be sure the car is centered on the tow dolly, and also to check the straps after a mile down the road. If the straps are not tight then the car becomes cock-eyed causing torsion which I think is what causes dolly tire scrubbing. As stated above, it scrubbed the tire down to the cords on the passenger side tire! With this new approach I have not experienced any tire scrub on the replaced tire (passenger side).



I tow a 2005 Jetta TDI. To handle the steering lock, the last thing I do before beginning my tow down the road is start the engine, turn steering will left and right, then turn off the car but don't pull the key out, this keeps the steering wheel unlocked. Then with a spare key fob lock the doors (if I'm leaving the car on the dolly over night) when I'm just stopping at a pull through over night. See if this works with your car!

Thanks for the reply regarding the key. I spoke to the Service guy at the Toyota dealer where I bought it. He had no clue about it. I told him when I put the key in the on position, then turn it to the completely off position that it does not lock up. Only when I pull the key out. He seemed to think it should lock in the off position, but said he really didn't know. It seems like it should be safe to do it that way, but was hoping for a definitive answer from a service guy. Oh well!
As far as the tire scrubbing you guys are talking about, I've never heard of that before this thread. I'll have to watch it carefully, especially the first time using it.
One other thing that has me scratching my head is the lack of where to put a safety chain under the car. I used my creeper today to look for a spot and there really doesn't appear to be anything frame wise to attach to.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #13
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You should have a section in your owners manual about 4 down towing. It will tell you how to keep wheel from locking. Most cars are as you described, turn on, turn off, keep key in ignition (my civic works likes this). On my '07 Jeep the key just be kept in the on position. I installed a battery cutoff for this purpose. (I flat tow the jeep).


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Old 08-29-2016, 04:55 PM   #14
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Safety Chain connection

So in the arm that holds the lower frame connection to the front wheel suspension there is a hole in that frame unit about 1 1/2in diameter. I feed the safety chain down through the hole and then pull it until the S clip can hook thru one of the chain links with a little slack, then pull the remaining chain through the banjo hole on the dolly. See about 7:00 minutes into the video (Acme "EZE-TOW" Tow Dolly - Car Tow Dolly). I then connect a aluminum carbiner (Harbor Freight) to the end of the chain, and then have a cable tie also through one of the chain links to then connect the carbiner to (about 5 or 6 links from the end). This will keep the safety chain from dangling or coming loose and coming out of the banjo hole. At first I just connected the carbiner back to the chain, but at times there was some pull which caused the carbiner to bend open. The cable tie fixed that problem. Next time I'm under the car I'll take some pictures and post them to this thread.
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:24 PM   #15
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I also use the Acme EZE TOW. I tow a Volvo C70. One problem that I encountered is the warning signal will not let me leave the car with the key in. I believe that would eventually run down the battery. The solution is to disconnect the negative post for the battery. The only problem when I reconnect is that the clock has to be reset. That isn't a big problem. Hope this helps.
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I also use the Acme EZE TOW. I tow a Volvo C70. One problem that I encountered is the warning signal will not let me leave the car with the key in. I believe that would eventually run down the battery. The solution is to disconnect the negative post for the battery. The only problem when I reconnect is that the clock has to be reset. That isn't a big problem. Hope this helps.
Maybe you could install a battery disconnect switch. I see them in auto parts stores for about $10.

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Old 08-31-2016, 07:02 AM   #17
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The lower control arm on my Camry also has a hole in it, and that's whee I drop the chain through. I'm thinking of permanently mounting a chain or a cable in that holed to make hookup and disconnect easier.

Reminder, make sure the safety cables have enough slack in them to accommodate the small amount of movement the wheels make in turns.

I also use one of those battery disconnect things. Mount it on the negative terminal. If your radio looses its settings, I thought I seen a small backup battery that you can attach to your radio to hold settings.
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I use the Acme EZE Tow dolly as well. I dolly a VW Beetle Convertible (Auto).
I turn the key on then to the off position and leave the key in ignition. The warning chime goes off after I close the door.
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How to tell if the steering wheel is unlocked when your traveling.

Tie a small white handkerchief or something to the top of the toads steering wheel so you can see it while traveling.

I have a rear view camera, I can see the toads steering wheel turning. Also, in a left turn, I can see the handkerchief in my rear view mirror.

Being able to see the handkerchief move while turning is an additional check that the steering wheel is unlocked, and the front wheels are steering.

Do this also if you flat tow.

On my Civic, I have to leave the key in the ignition to unlock the steering, so I had a small piece of white plastic I'd clip to the steering wheel so I could see it in the rear camera..

On my Saturn Vue, I modified the steering column and removed the locking paw so the steering wheel never locks.
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