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10-03-2016 02:19 PM
Tazicon Like stated make sure the brakes cool down first. With all my Jeeps, in gear with the parking brake on. No issues in many years of towing them around. When I tow my car out to NM next summer I will do the same. The only thing people use to argue about was whether you tied down to the frame or the tires.................We all did in gear with the parking brake.
10-03-2016 01:55 PM
Originally Posted by jumpman1975 View Post
Interesting, because I just watched a U haul video on how to load a vehicle on their auto transport trailer and it said to put the car on park(in gear) and parking brake on.
You have to remember that this is referring to an automatic transmission. Putting the trans in Park effectively locks the trans so it will not rotate. Also, since it has a torque convertor, it will not be directly coupled to the engine.

10-03-2016 12:25 PM
jumpman1975 Interesting, because I just watched a U haul video on how to load a vehicle on their auto transport trailer and it said to put the car on park(in gear) and parking brake on.
10-03-2016 04:18 AM
eldonz I use both because I have had straps come loose. I have had parking brakes fail so I do not trust them. Also, race cars do not have parking brakes so we have to put them in gear as a backup. I also believe that there is enough play in the drivetrain that I have a hard time believing that you would cause cylinder wear. I have also never heard my engine builder complain about this on my race motors.

Therefore, I would rather be safe then sorry. Which by the way, I have also had a car come loose on the upper deck and roll half way off.

10-02-2016 09:00 PM
Gunpilot Yes....Neutral with brake on just to be sure. If you have good tie downs I wouldn't worry. I pull mine off the track with hot brakes then set it later.
10-02-2016 08:46 PM
jumpman1975 Thanks, I had a feeling the info I got was off. I loaded my car today on the trailer and did a short test run. I had my car on neutral with parking brake off. Thanks again!
10-02-2016 07:57 PM
Nickshu Neutral for sure. In gear could wear the cylinders with pistons oscillating up/down with the wheels slightly moving.

Parking brake... You could go either way I think. If your tie downs are good it's probably not necessary. I mean that if you wreck its going to be bad either way... Doubtful that the parking brake will be the difference.
10-02-2016 07:50 PM
XHILR8N! Neutral with parking brake on. Let rotors cool well before applying brake if just off track.

Definitely not in gear. The car is going to want to roll back and worth and wobble a bit. The tie downs will stretch and loosen some. Don't want those forces going into the various mechanicals.
10-02-2016 07:32 PM
Should it be in gear with parking brake on?

I've searched and searched, found one website that stated that the trailered vehicle should be in gear with parking brake on. What are you guys doing when trailering your Lotus, of course while properly tied down?

A. In gear only
B. Parking brake only
C. In gear and parking brake on
D. Neutral and parking brake off

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