Hyundai Elantra Owners Manual

Emergency towing (if equipped)
What to do in an emergency / Towing / Emergency towing (if equipped)

Hyundai Elantra: Emergency towing (if equipped). Front

Front

Hyundai Elantra: Emergency towing (if equipped). Rear

Rear

If towing is necessary, we recommend you to have it done by an authorized Hyundai dealer or a commercial tow truck service.

If towing service is not available in an emergency, your vehicle may be temporarily towed using a cable or chain secured to the emergency towing hook attached to the front (or under the rear) of the vehicle.

Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle. A driver must be in the vehicle to steer it and operate the brakes. Towing in this manner may be done only on hard-surfaced roads for a short distance and at low speeds. Also, the wheels, axles, power train, steering and brakes must all be in good condition.

  • Do not use the tow hooks to pull a vehicle out of mud, sand or other conditions from which the vehicle cannot be driven out under its own power.
  • Avoid towing a vehicle heavier than the vehicle doing the towing.
  • The drivers of both vehicles should communicate with each other frequently.

Hyundai Elantra: Emergency towing (if equipped). CAUTION

  • Attach a towing strap to the tow hook.
  • Using a portion of the vehicle other than the tow hooks for towing may damage the body of your vehicle.
  • Use only a cable or chain specifically intended for use in towing vehicles. Securely fasten the cable or chain to the towing hook provided.
  • Before emergency towing, check that the hook is not broken or damaged.
  • Fasten the towing cable or chain securely to the hook.
  • Do not jerk the hook. Apply steady and even force.
  • To avoid damaging the hook, do not pull from the side or at a vertical angle. Always pull straight ahead.

Hyundai Elantra: Emergency towing (if equipped). Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle.WARNING

Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle.

  • Avoid sudden starts or erratic driving maneuvers which would place excessive stress on the emergency towing hook and towing cable or chain. The hook and towing cable or chain may break and cause serious injury or damage.
  • If the disabled vehicle cannot be moved, do not forcibly continue the towing. Contact an authorized Hyundai dealer or a commercial tow truck service for assistance.
  • Tow the vehicle as straight ahead as possible.
  • Keep away from the vehicle during towing.

Emergency towing precautions

  • Turn the ignition switch to ACC so the steering wheel isn’t locked.
  • Place the transaxle shift lever in N (Neutral).
  • Release the parking bake.
  • Press the brake pedal with more force than normal since you will have reduced brake performance.
  • More steering effort will be required because the power steering system will be disabled.
  • If you are driving down a long hill, the brakes may overheat and brake performance will be reduced. Stop often and let the brakes cool off.

Hyundai Elantra: Emergency towing (if equipped). CAUTION - Automatic transaxle

  • If the car is being towed with all four wheels on the ground, it can be towed only from the front. Be sure that the transaxle is in neutral. Be sure the steering is unlocked by placing the ignition switch in the ACC position. A driver must be in the towed vehicle to operate the steering and brakes.
  • To avoid serious damage to the automatic transaxle, limit the vehicle speed to 10 mph (15 km/h) and drive less than 1 mile (1.5 km) when towing.
  • Before towing, check the automatic transaxle fluid leak under your vehicle. If the automatic transaxle fluid is leaking, a flatbed equipment or towing dolly must be used.


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