Towing a Punto ELX Speedgear?

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  1. StitchUp

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    My FIAT Punto ELX Speedgear is an automatic BUT, many people tell me it's okay to tow it in neutral.

    This from the FIAT forum:
    I believe as the speedgear isn't a true automatic gearbox this is probably ok if in neutral, though you shouldn't really tow any car for long periods as the forces in the gear box are opposite from what the engine would apply in normal use.

    Basically I don't think it would do much harm.

    Anyone here towing one of these or any knowledge?

    Cheers

    John
     
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    No direct knowledge but when looking for a towcar (ours is a Panda) there was a speedmatic for sale with an A Frame fitted:Smile:
     
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    Thanks, it seems to support what I'm hearing elsewhere.

    John
     
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    is it the CVT version? If so then you probably can't as it uses a steel belt.

    Ian
     
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    How would I discover this?
     
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    I would imagine its in your manual. Unlike a electronic gearbox it should give you perfectly smooth gear changes, its just two variable pulley's connected by a steel belt, a similar idea to what the old Daf's had but they used a rubber belt. I saw it demonstrated on TV several years ago. Its possible that in neutral it would be ok, but an expensive mistake if it can't be towed.

    I just googled your car out of curiosity, and one of the forums was talking about how good the CVT was. I don't have any firsthand knowledge.

    Ian
     
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    Thanks Ian

    Mine is a 52 plate - I'll have to research further :Doh:
     
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    Could be a CVT, I had one of the originals on a DAF 66, I think you would be aware if it was though, more likely its the same as the one on my Fiesta which is a manual gear box with a seperate auto clutch & selector, they put the same on some transits with a electronic selector but stopped as they were so much trouble.
    My Fiesta says tow in emergency only at no more than 50mph

    Dave
     
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    yours is the second generation fiat punto fitted with the cone type cvt,cant help you on the towing :Smile:
     
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