Towing question

Tiny
BOBMARLEY
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  • 2003 MERCURY MARQUIS
  • 4.6L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
I need to tow this car one hundred miles. Can I use a tow strap to tow it and where could the strap be attached? I have heard that if front wheels are on the ground the driveshaft would need to be disconnected. If so could the car be started but left in neutral. Can a tow dolly be used and if so would the car have to be backed onto the dolly so rear wheels are off the ground.
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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 AT 3:34 PM

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Tiny
STEVE W.
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Rent a tow dolly. Drive it onto the tow dolly, then disconnect the driveshaft. Mark the U joint and tape the caps in place so you can tie the shaft out of the way. Then tow it with a vehicle capable of handling the weight.

Actually towing it with a strap or chain is illegal in most places. You can pull a vehicle out of a ditch or snowbank but that is about it with those items.
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