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Towing an Alero on all 4 wheels

I would like to know exactly what I need to do, to tow my 2001 Alero on all 4 wheels. I.E, do I need to have the key on, or in the locked position, does the transmission need to be in neutral, steering wheel locked.

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    Do I need to lock steering, do I need in neutral, do I need fronts wheels off ground?

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Ye you have to have the key in the ignition and turn it on to mark 2 make sure the steering lock is off and the steering is moving freely as you will need to steer the car.yes the tranmission does have to be in neatral.there sould be a towing eye at the front of the car where you can tie a bit of rope onto.

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Yes, always lock your steering wheel in the correct position for travel. you will also need to switch your tranny to the neutral position as well. make sure you activate your hazard lights. have a good one:)

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