Discover how to safely tow your own vehicle and avoid costly damage and repairs. Most people don’t think it’s a big deal to tow another vehicle. They couldn’t be more wrong. If you don’t know what you are doing you can do more damage to your vehicle than what it would have cost you to have a tow truck tow it.
If you leave the drive wheels stay on the ground when you are towing it, you could cause severe transmission damage. You have several options when towing a two-wheel-drive vehicle. The best way is with a trailer, where all four wheels are off the ground. This option works well for any vehicle no matter if it’s front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or four-wheel-drive.
Next option would be tow dollies, which lift the front wheels off the ground. You’ve probably seen tow dollies being used as you drive, when you look behind any do-it-yourself rental trucks towing a car. You can tow a rear-wheel-drive vehicle with tow dollies, but it’s a lot more work, you have to disconnect and remove the drive shaft so you won’t damage the transmission.
Another option is a tow bar. It’s usually shaped like a triangle with a set of ridged bars. One end attaches to the ball hitch on the tow vehicle and the other end attaches to the bumper of the car you are towing. All four wheels of the vehicle are on the ground. If you have a manual transmission on a two-wheel-drive vehicle, you can just pop it in neutral and tow it with the tow bar.