Installing and using lube pumps for towing involves a few complicated steps. Take the Remco LP-1 mentioned earlier: To make use of this towing component, you need to disconnect, reconnect and install the various hoses, mount the valve and the pump, drain and later refill the transmission fluid, remove the transmission fluid pan, drill a hole in it for one of the new hoses and finally, reinstall it with sealant.
Everything has to be placed carefully to avoid sharp edges, hot components under the hood and the potential for damage from road hazards. You can't bend hoses too sharply or the coolant might not flow properly. And that's not the end of it -- once you've got everything squared away in the vehicle you want to tow, you still must deal with the electrical system. For that, you'll be poring over electrical schematics to determine the proper wiring plan and circuitry for the lube pump, the monitor sensor and the taillights, then routing the wires up into the motor home.
If you don't install the lube pump properly, you will void the warranty on it; even worse, you might damage the very transmission you were trying to protect in the first place. So unless you have some serious knowledge about what's lurking under the hood of your vehicle, get a mechanic to take care of this for you. In the case of our Remco lube pump, a mechanic usually needs an assistant to complete the installation, which can take about six hours.
Once the towing pump system is hooked up and checked out, you can get ready to tow. For that you want to get the hitch, coupler, tow bar and safety chains all snug and secure, plug in the connector cable for all the electrical connections and put the car in neutral with the steering wheel loose for tracking. Wait for the little green light to pop up on the monitor under the dash, and then tow to your heart's content.
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