2001 Acura 3.2 CL Emergency Towing Procedures


2001 Acura 3.2 CL Emergency Towing Procedures - At A Glance

If your 2001 Acura 3.2 CL needs to be towed, call a professional towing service or, if you belong to one, an organization that provides roadside assistance. Never tow your car behind another vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous.

There are three popular types of professional towing equipment.

  • Flat-Bed Equipment. The operator loads your car on the back of a truck. This is the best way to transport your 2001 Acura 3.2 CL.
  • Wheel-Lift Equipment. The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tires (front or rear) and lift them off the ground. The other two tires remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way to tow your 2001 Acura 3.2 CL.
  • 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. Your car’s suspension and body can be seriously damaged. This method of towing is unacceptable.

If your 2001 Acura 3.2 CL cannot be transported by flat-bed, it should be towed by wheel-lift equipment with the front wheels off the ground. If, due to damage, your car must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, do the following.

  • Release the parking brake.
  • Start the engine.
  • Shift to D5, then to N.
  • Turn off the engine.

Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shif t the transmission or start the engine (automatic transmission), your car must be transported with the f ront wheels of f the ground.

With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow the car no farther than 80 km (50 miles), and keep the speed below 55 km/h (35 mph).

If you decide to tow your car with all four wheels on the ground, make sure you use a properly-designed and attached tow bar. Prepare the car for towing as described above, and leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I) so the steering wheel does not lock. Make sure the radio and any items plugged into the accessory power socket are turned off so they do not drain the battery.

The steering system can be damaged if the steering wheel is locked. Leave the ignition switch in Accessory (I), and make sure the steering wheel turns freely before you begin towing.

Trying to lif t or tow your car by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the car’s weight.

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