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If your vehicle needs to be towed

If towing is necessary, we recommend having your vehicle towed by your Toyota dealer or a commercial towing service, using a lift-type truck or a flat bed truck.

Use a safety chain system for all towing, and abide by all state/provincial and local laws.

Use a towing dolly or flat bed truck.

Before towing

The following may indicate a problem with your transmission. Contact your Toyota dealer before towing.

  •  The engine is running, but the vehicle will not move.
  • The vehicle makes an abnormal sound.

Emergency towing

If a tow truck is not available in an emergency, your vehicle may be temporarily towed using a cable or chain secured to the towing hook(s). This should only be attempted on hard, surfaced roads for short distances at low speeds.

A driver must be in the vehicle to steer and operate the brakes. The vehicles wheels, drive train, axles, steering and brakes must be in good condition.

  • Towing hook

  • Emergency towing procedure

STEP 1

The engine must be in ACCESSORY mode (engine off) or IGNITION ON mode (engine running).

STEP 2

Put the four-wheel drive control switch in H4. (The center differential is unlocked.) STEP 3

Put the shift lever in N.

STEP 4

Release the parking brake.

CAUTION

  • While towing

  • Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle.

    Avoid sudden starts or erratic driving maneuvers which place excessive stress on the emergency towing hook and the cable or chain. Always be cautious of the surroundings and other vehicles while towing.

  • If the engine is not running, the power assist for the brakes and steering will not function, making steering and braking more difficult.

 

NOTICE

  • To prevent causing serious damage to the transmission

  • Never tow this vehicle with the wheels on the ground.
  • Use only the front emergency towing hooks or towing eyelets (depending on vehicles) when towing your vehicle.

Towing with a sling-type truck

NOTICE

  • To prevent body damage

Do not tow with a sling type truck, either from the front or rear.

Towing with a wheel lift-type truck

  • From front

Use a towing dolly under the rear

Use a towing dolly under the rear wheels.

  • From rear

Use a towing dolly under the

Use a towing dolly under the front wheels.

NOTICE

  • To prevent causing serious damage to the transmission

Never tow this vehicle wheels on the ground.

  • To prevent damaging the vehicle

  • Do not tow the vehicle with the ENGINE START STOP switch OFF.

    The steering lock mechanism is not strong enough to hold the front wheel straight.

  • When raising the vehicle, ensure adequate ground clearance for towing at the opposite end of the raised vehicle. Without adequate clearance, the vehicle could be damaged while being towed.

Using a flat bed truck

If your Toyota is transported by a

If your Toyota is transported by a flat bed truck, it should be tied down at the locations shown in the illustration. When attaching the hooks to the rear of the vehicle, make sure to attach them to the inside of the vehicle.

If you use chains or cables to tie

If you use chains or cables to tie down your vehicle, the angles shaded in black must be 45.

Do not overly tighten the tie downs or the vehicle may be damaged.

NOTICE

  • To avoid serious damage to your vehicle

Do not use the rear emergency towing

Do not use the rear emergency towing hook.

    More about Essential information:

    Emergency flashers

    If your vehicle needs to be towed

    If you think something is wrong

    Fuel pump shut off system

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