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Towing

If the car needs to be towed, call a professional towing service. Never tow the car behind another car with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous.

Emergency Towing
There are three popular methods of towing a car:
  • Flatbed Equipment: The operator loads the car on the back of a truck. This is the best way of towing the Legend.
  • Wheel Lift Equipment: The tow truck uses two pivoting arms which go under the tires (front or rear) and lifts them off the ground. The other two wheels remain on the ground.
  • 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 car off the ground. The car's suspension or body can be seriously damaged if this method of towing is attempted.

If the Legend cannot be transported by flatbed, it should be towed with the front two wheels off the ground. If, due to damage, the car must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do the following:

  • Manual Transmission:
  1. Release the parking brake.
  2. Shift the transmission into Neutral.
  • Automatic Transmission:
  1. Release the parking brake.
  2. Start the engine.
  3. Shift the transmission into Neutral.
  4. Turn off the engine.

Notice: Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you can not shift the transmission or start the engine (for automatic transmissions), the car must be transported on a flat-bed.

  • It is best to tow car no farther than 50 miles and keep the speed below 35 MPH.

Notice: Trying to lift or tow the car by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the car's weight.

Fig. 1 - Front tow hooks/brackets

WebFSM S1 Towing Fig1.png

Fig. 2 - Rear tow hook and brackets

WebFSM S1 Towing Fig2.png

FSM Source Pages

01-012 - Towing

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