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Date Registered: 01-2009
Location: Hungary, Europe
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Towing an X-Trail T31


Dear members!

I have searched this forum and others, but couldn't find any answers to my question, so I ask it here.

I need some help regarding to towing of my exy T31 2.0 DCi.

The service manual says that "Never tow a 4WD model with any wheels on the ground, because this will result in serious and expensive damage of transmission." After that the manual says: "Only tow the vehicle to disengage it from mud, sand or snow."

Can You tell me some technical explanation, why can I not to tow my X-Trail?

I didn't needed to tow my car until now, but I want to know, what is the situation when my favourite breaks down...

Thanks for Your help in advance:

Arpi

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Date Registered: 01-2009
Location: Mandurah Western Australia
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Hi Arpi, unless you can disconnect front and rear drive shaft at the universal joint nearest the diff it isn't advisable to tow a 4X4..... Because the drive train step down ratio of the gearbox and transfer box when driving normally would be reversed when being towed (your wheels then become the drivers) it will be making those gears and shafts in both the gearbox and transfer boxes spin at a far greater speed than the bearings/gears are designed.... Even if you can disconnect the U/J's at the diffs you should keep the tow to less than around 50k's or 30-ish miles.... This was "drummed" into me during my Army service and as a Driver and "so called" Recovery Expert I had to know about these things........ Most cars these days are supposed to be recovered on the back bed of the tow truck...... Hope you can understand my explanation mate....... Al emoticon

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Date Registered: 01-2009
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Many thanks Slowpoke!

I understand. Sadly, but understand... emoticon

One more question, it came to my mind after I've red Your post.

This is not a problem, when I shift to neutral gear at high speeds, for example when leaving a highway, or that's another story?


Hope that I never need to tow my exy!

Thanks again, and keep up the good work, this forum is awesome!

All the best: Arpi

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Surely just putting the Exy in nuetral would solve this problem when being towed, assuming only 2 wheels are in contact with the ground.

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Here are the Nissan guidelines for the correct towing and recovery methods of the T31:

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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I stand corrected, thanks Jalal


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Date Registered: 01-2009
Location: Hungary, Europe
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Thanks guys for the explanaton!


I was sure that this forum will help me, and now my sureness is even stronger:

I haven't got any scanner to show You, but at the operating manual of my exy stands the same towing picture for 4WD as 2WD... (And this is not the only failure.)

Now I'm sure that my technical knowledge will come from this forum, not from the manual...



Greetings:

Arpi

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hi all, newbi here and i have read with interest on the towing of a 4wd, i have a 2002 4wd t30 and was told by a aframe seller that i could aframe my xy on all four wheels behind my motorhome. reading about the t31 this seems to be the wrong info. i purchased a gypsy trailer and put the front wheels up on the trailer and towed my xy and promply blew up the rear diff after about 30 klms. i am now very scepticle i can tow my 4wd xy as i have been told with a a frame with all four wheels on the ground. now i have a gypsy trailer wort $4000 and a xtrail that the missus loves and does not want to sell. is it at all possible to maybe do some modifications to the car to tow either flat or on the gypsy trailer. eg dog clutch in the drive line or remove rear tail shaft for instance ????? i would be very interested in any info of a modification i could do to keep the car and tow behind the motorhome without going to a full trailer with all four wheels off the ground . thank you in advance.
 rustydog.

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The user manual in your Xtrail will have a section showing diagrams for safe towing methods.
Basically with the 4WD Xtrail, NONE of the wheels can be on the ground when towing.

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