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Towing an Element AWD MT

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My '09 Element EX AWD MT is a week and a half old now, so I'm certain it will last forever and never be dinged and never break down, but upon perusing the user manual, I found that AWD vehicles should always be towed on a flatbed, because to tow them conventionally will damage the 4 wheel drive mechanism.

Is this true also for a manual transmission if it is left in neutral? I'm thinking that the wheels roll freely and it shouldn't be a problem. I suspect there is more complexity in the answer, but I'd appreciate some enlightenment.

-Ken in Jax
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Either four up (flatbed or lift+dolly) or four down (tow bar, no lift or dolly) will work. For more info, see the 2003 owner's manual.
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