Can I tow the Kia Soul standard transmission on a car tow dolly in gear or do I have to leave it in neutral

Asked by MajorGene Apr 09, 2016 at 01:37 PM about the 2011 Kia Soul Base

Question type: General

I am towing a kia soul standard transmission on a car tow dolly.  I want to
know if I can leave the car in 5th gear or do I have to leave it in neutral

4 Answers


It's a front wheel drive vehicle, how are you towing it, forward or backwards? Normally you drive it up on the dolly forwards, chain up and lock down the hold downs over the tires and if equipped the body hold downs too, but only the more expensive tow dollies have these, make sure the park brake is not set, then stick it in what ever gear it uses to lock everything and remove the keys and lock the doors, then double checking everything, making sure all safety chains are in place and lighting is working, then your ready to go. HTH

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Thanks for the help. I am towing it front wheels on the dolly, but I have been told to leave the keys in the on position to keep the steering wheel unlocked. I also unhook the battery. I just wasn't sure about the transmission. You answered that. Thanks again.


Sometime unhooking the battery can cause the alarm to set and not be able to be turned off so you can't drive the car. I don't know why you would have to keep the steering wheel unlocked, it is held in place by the chains anyway and the dolly takes up the swing during turns, leave the battery connected to prevent preset loss and a trip to the dealer to have it reflashed, if you feel that the steering must freewheel just make sure the ignition is off and not in the lock position.

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Major, I can see the military totally f8cked up up mentally.

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