Peter Doughty had
been following the V8BB postings on frustrating RV8 starting problems
from Mark Garrett (Zircon Silver 0355) from Berkshire who mentioned
he was considering having his RV8 towed to a garage to have it checked
over to resolve the problem. Victor Smith posted a brief caution that
"care is needed with the idea of having an RV8 towed anywhere
- it must be taken on a trailer". David Boniface in Tokyo
provided more information - "towing an RV8 a couple of hundred
yards is OK, otherwise the rear wheels must be raised. The reason
is the gearbox has forced lubrication from a pump driven by the input
side (engine shaft) of the gearbox and not the output shaft. When
the engine is not running there is no oil circulating in the gearbox".
RV8 towing caution
Peter Doughty (Woodcote Green) from Hampshire posted a note on the
VBB seeking clarification of a towing caution posted on the V8BB.
RV8 Repair Manual
AKM7144 has the following caution on Information page 3 under
Lifting & Towing:
It is recommended that a recovery trailer be used.
CAUTION: On no account must the vehicle be towed with the rear wheels
on the ground and the propeller shaft connected, or if the rear axle
Overhaul Manual AKM 7225ENG notes on the Manual Gearbox: Description
Copies of both those
pages are available at
Lubrication is by an oil pump located in the extension housing which
directs oil via internal drillings in the output shaft to lubricate
from the RV8 Manuals.
reserved by the V8 Register of the MG Car Club, PO Box 888,
London SW14 7YT