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Flat Towing Requirements for a 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4


I presently have a 2005 Colorado 4x4, which has been an exceptional tow vehicle, especially in the fact that the steering wheel does not lock, so I am not required to leave the key in the on position when towing. I am now possibly looking to replace it and went and looked at the 2020 Colorado, noticed 2 differences with key in the off position the steering wheel locks and instead of buttons to place the transmission into full neutral there is a dial that shows only 2 wheel high, 4 wheel high and 4 wheel low. I went to your website and saw that the Colorados from 2015-18 were recommended for a good flat tow vehicle, so my question has something changed on the Colorados in 2019-20, that would not make a good tow vehicle or has the website just not been updated to include those model years. And if the 2020 is recommended, do you have to leave the key in the on position to keep the steering free or is there another way to free up the steering when towing besides leaving the key on. Thank you, Ted


Expert Reply:

The 2020 Chevy Colorado 4x4 can be flat towed. The 2wd version cannot. The owners manual on page 300 states to " Only dinghy tow four-wheel-drive vehicles that have an N (Neutral) and a Four-Wheel Drive Low (4 (n) setting."

On the dial you stated to the far right should have an "n" for neutral. If it doesn't you can't tow it. It does require you to keep the key in the ACC position when towing to keep the wheel from locking but they do recommend disconnecting your battery so it isn't dead from having this issue. You can use a switch like the Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect with Switch for Towed Vehicle w/ Supplemental Braking System # RM-766 to make that easy. I've linked a video of this installation for you.

The specific information you are seeking can be found on pages 299-301 in the online owners manual.

I've linked pages to other components to help with a complete setup based on what you already have.

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