Emergency Towing


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

Never tow your vehicle with just a rope or chain.
It is very dangerous, since ropes or chains may shift from side to side or break.

Call a professional towing service if you need to tow your vehicle.

Flat bed equipment

The operator loads your vehicle on the back of a truck.
This is the best way to transport your vehicle.

Wheel lift equipment

The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the front tyres and lift them off the ground. The rear tyres remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way to tow your vehicle.

If your vehicle must be towed with the front wheels on the ground:

  1. Check the ground underneath the vehicle around where the transmission housing is for a fluid leak.
    • If you find a leak, call a professional towing service and have your vehicle inspected by a dealer.
  2. Push the left edge of the cover with your finger, slide the cover to the direction as shown in the illustration, and then open it.
    • The detachable towing hook mounts on the anchor in the front bumper.
Towing a vehicle is prohibited by law in some countries. Check and follow the legal requirements of the country you are driving before towing your vehicle.

If you cannot follow the exact procedure, do not tow your vehicle with the front wheels on the ground.

If you cannot turn on the engine, you may experience the following while your vehicle is being towed.
  • Braking may become difficult since the brake system's power assist is disabled.
  • Steering wheel becomes heavy as the power steering system is disabled.
  • Turning the ignition switch to LOCK 0*1 locks the steering wheel.

With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the vehicle no farther than 80 km, and keep the speed below 55 km/h.

Going down a long slope heats up the brakes. This may prevent the brakes from working properly. If your vehicle needs to be towed on an incline, call a professional towing service.

Make sure to use the properly-designed and attached towing equipment.
  1. Take the towing hook and the wheel nut wrench out of the luggage area.
  2. Screw the towing hook into the hole, and tighten it with the wheel nut wrench securely.
  3. Hook the towing device to the towing hook.
  4. Start the engine.
    • If it is difficult to turn on the engine, put the ignition switch in ACCESSORY I or ON II*1.
  5. Shift to N.
  6. Release the parking brake.

*1:Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an ignition switch.

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