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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:)

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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the country with not ONE< JIMNY,
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ill quote my 2001 Vitara, (same setup.)

Follow these steps:
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Shift your automatic transmission into PARK (P), or
your manual transmission to SECOND (2).
3. With the ignition key in the ON position, move the
transfer case to NEUTRAL and make sure the 4WD
light on the instrument panel cluster is off. See
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4. Turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the
steering wheel.
5. Release the parking brake
If you tow your four-wheel-drive vehicle from
the front, make sure to move the transfer case
into NEUTRAL or your vehicle could be badly
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by your warranty.
Stop towing every 200 miles (300 km) and start the
engine. Leave the transfer case shift lever in
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DRIVE (D); leave a manual transmission in
SECOND (2) with the clutch engaged. Run the engine at
medium speed for one minute to circulate oil in the
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can continue towing your vehicle.
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end direct quote operators guide .....
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not how the 5speed box is in 2nd.
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flat towed, in park is not possible
the shift console, has an emergency park lockout, release feature
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steering lock failure. (locks in motion)
transmission oiling , when the engine is not running the
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page 163 here covers, the magic switch (emg)
http://www.toyota.com/t3Portal/document/om/OM12656U/pdf/4.pdf

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page 161,
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i am glad you asked
thats i the problem with the electronic select FWD system
when towing a FWD you should put both selectors in neutral this frees the transfer case and the drive shafts
how ever with the electronic system i dont know if it stays in neutral when the car is disconnected from the battery.
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