Towing Capacity Information

Towing capacity information can help to ensure that you're fully aware of the different factors affecting your vehicle while it is towing. Make sure that you're towing safely by checking out all of the different towing capacity information.

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How Torque Converters Work

Cars with an automatic transmission have no clutch that disconnects the transmission from the engine. Instead, they use an amazing device called a torque converter. Find out all about the torque converter.


How bad is it if I tow more than my truck's towing capacity?

There's no scarier feeling than getting stuck behind a massive boat being towed by a puny truck. So what happens if the weight is too much for the truck to bear?

How will towing affect my gas mileage?

Just like you need extra energy to carry a backpack loaded with textbooks, your car requires extra fuel to tow heavy cargo. So how will this weight affect you at the pumps?

Will towing a trailer damage my vehicle?

If road tripping were an Olympic sport, you'd be a gold medalist. You've got your CDs, your maps and an iron stomach to withstand diner food. The only kink in your plan? You're pulling a trailer.

What does it mean to call a pickup truck a '1/2 ton truck' (also known as a 'half-ton truck')?

Pickup trucks come in all sorts of sizes and options -- big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. Understanding all the choices and lingo can be confusing. So what does half-ton truck really mean?

How Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) Works

Some weights associated with towing are fairly complex, but not every weight connected with towing is hard to calculate. In fact, some are remarkably straightforward -- gross trailer weight (GTW) is a good example.

How Tongue Weight Works

If you've never had the experience of towing a trailer, then you probably don't know what tongue weight is. Sure, it may sound funny -- but to someone hitching up a heavy load, it's very serious.

How Torque Converters Work

Cars with an automatic transmission have no clutch that disconnects the transmission from the engine. Instead, they use an amazing device called a torque converter. Find out all about the torque converter.

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