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Towing

If the vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service. Never tow the vehicle behind another vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous.
Emergency Towing
There are three popular methods of towing a vehicle.
Flat-bed Equipment − The operator loads the vehicle on the back of a truck. This is the best way of transporting the vehicle.
To accommodate flat-bed equipment, the vehicle is equipped with front towing hook (A), front tie down hook slots (B), rear towing hook (C), and the rear tie down hook slots (D).
The towing hook can be used with a winch to pull the vehicle onto the truck, and the tie down hook slots can be used to secure the vehicle to the truck.
NOTE: The tie down hook slots use rubber plugs (E) to cover the openings.
Towing Hook Installation
The detachable towing hook is for towing very short distance, such as freeing the car. The hook mounts to the anchor in the front and rear bumper.
  • To avoid damage to the vehicle, use the towing hook for straight flat ground towing only. Do not tow on an angle.
  • The tow hook should not be used to tow the vehicle onto a flat-bed. Do not use it as a tie down.
Front:
Rear:

  1. Remove the cover (A) from the bumper.
  1. Remove the towing hook placed behind a cover under the cargo area.
  1. Screw in the towing hook (B), and tighten it securely by hand.
Wheel Lift Equipment − The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tyres (front or rear) and lifts them off the ground. The other two wheels remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way of towing the vehicle.
Sling-type Equipment − The tow truck uses metal cables with hooks on the ends. These hooks go around parts of the frame or suspension, and the cables lift that end of the vehicle off the ground. The vehicle's suspension and body can be seriously damaged if this method of towing is attempted. This method of towing the vehicle is unacceptable.
If the vehicle cannot be transported by a flat-bed, it should be towed with the front wheels off the ground. If the vehicle is damaged, and must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, or with all four wheels on the ground, do this:
Manual Transmission
  • Release the parking brake.
  • Shift the transmission in Neutral.
  • Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) so the steering wheel does not lock.
  • Make sure all accessories are turned off to minimize battery current draw.
Automatic Transmission
  • Release the parking brake.
  • Start the engine.
  • Shift to D, then N.
  • Turn off the engine.
  • Leave the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (I) so the steering wheel does not lock.
  • Make sure all accessories are turned off to minimize battery current draw.
It is best to tow the vehicle no farther than 80 km (50 miles), and keep the vehicle speed below 55 km/h (35 mph).
  • Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine (automatic transmission), the vehicle must be transported on a flat-bed.
  • Trying to lift or tow the vehicle by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the vehicle's weight.
Front bumper:
Rear bumper: