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Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1999 Honda CR-V


do I have to have a transmission cooler or can I stop ever so often and run it through all the gears without damagening the transmission


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A transmission cooler like Derale # D12903 is intended for a vehicle that is doing the work of towing a trailer rather than for a vehicle that is being flat towed. Your 1999 Honda CR-V can be flat towed with all wheels on the ground whether it is has a 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. The flat towing preparation procedure is slightly different for each type of transmission but in both cases you'll want to ensure the transmission fluid level is full and that you follow the specific procedure shown on the linked page taken from the online owner's manual. The manual I reviewed does not mention any need to stop and run through the gears.

The parts needed to flat tow a vehicle like your CR-V include a tow bar, base plate, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of some type, a braking system and often also a high/low hitch adapter. Each of these is detailed in the linked article on flat towing. Below are the items I recommend for your CR-V flat towing setup.

Base Plate # 1528-3
Safety Cables # RM-643
Tow Bar # RM-520
Tow Lights # TL21RK
Braking System # BLU37TR

You can refer to the linked article for help selecting a high/low hitch adapter such as # RM-048-6 which is a popular choice for CR-V owners. This will help you keep the connected tow bar level which is important for good operation.

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