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Common Towing Issues You Might Not Know About

 ranger 20 towingTowing can be an incredibly useful capability, whether you're hauling a boat to the lake, a trailer for a summer camping trip, or equipment for a job site. However, towing also introduces several potential issues that many drivers might not be aware of. Understanding these common problems can help you avoid them and ensure a safe and smooth towing experience.


One of the most common issues with towing is overheating. When you tow a heavy load, your engine and transmission have to work much harder than usual. This extra strain can cause them to overheat, especially during hot weather or on long, steep inclines. Regularly checking your coolant levels and considering an upgraded cooling system can help prevent overheating.

Trailer Sway

Trailer sway, or fishtailing, occurs when the trailer begins to move side to side, potentially leading to a loss of control. This can be caused by improper weight distribution, high speeds, or strong winds. To minimize the risk of trailer sway, ensure your load is evenly distributed, use a sway control device, and drive at a safe speed.

Brake Wear

Towing significantly increases the load on your vehicle's brakes, causing them to wear out faster. It's essential to have your brakes inspected regularly and replace them when necessary. Consider upgrading to heavy-duty brakes if you frequently tow heavy loads. If you'd like some pointers in what you should be checking within your brakes and suspension, check out our blog here.


Tire Stress

Both your vehicle's and your trailer's tires endure extra stress when towing. Overloaded or underinflated tires can lead to blowouts, which are dangerous at any time but especially when towing. Always check your tire pressure before a trip and ensure your tires are rated for the weight you're towing.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

Towing can drastically reduce your vehicle's fuel efficiency due to the added weight and increased drag. Plan for more frequent fuel stops and consider using a fuel additive designed to improve efficiency. Additionally, maintaining a steady speed and avoiding rapid acceleration can help conserve fuel.

Electrical Issuesbronco 20sport 20towing

The electrical connection between your vehicle and trailer is crucial for operating lights, signals, and brakes. Corrosion, frayed wires, or loose connections can cause these systems to fail, creating a safety hazard. Regularly inspect and maintain your trailer's electrical system to ensure everything works properly.

Transmission Strain

The added weight of a trailer puts extra strain on your vehicle's transmission. Over time, this can lead to premature wear and potentially expensive repairs. Installing a transmission cooler and regularly servicing your transmission can help manage this additional stress.

Being aware of these common towing issues and taking proactive steps to address them can help ensure a safer and more reliable towing experience. Regular maintenance, proper load management, and mindful driving habits are key to avoiding these problems and making the most of your towing capabilities. For even more towing tips, check out our blog here. 

If you need your vehicle inspected thoroughly before you tow anything this summer, our expert technicians can take the guess work out for you and make sure you're safe on the road. Book your appointment here.

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