Toyota RAV4: Using a flat bed truck - If your vehicle needs to be towed - Essential information - When trouble arises - Toyota RAV4 Owner's ManualToyota RAV4: Using a flat bed truck

If you use chains or cables to tie

If you use chains or cables to tie down your vehicle, the angles shaded in black must be 45°. Do not overly tighten the tie downs or the vehicle may be damaged.

■Emergency towing procedure

1 Release the parking brake.
2 Shift the shift lever to N.
3 Vehicles without smart key system: Turn the engine switch to “ACC” (engine off) or “ON” (engine running) position.

Vehicles with smart key system: Turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch to ACCESSORY (engine off) or IGNITION ON (engine running) mode.

■Location of the emergency towing eyelet

The emergency towing eyelet is in the tool bag.

CAUTION
■Caution while towing
●Use extreme caution when towing the vehicle. Avoid sudden starts or erratic driving maneuvers which place excessive stress on the emergency towing eyelet and the cables or chains. Always be cautious of the surroundings and other vehicles while towing.
●If the engine is not running, the power assist for the brakes and steering will not function, making steering and braking more difficult.

■Installing towing eyelet to the vehicle
Make sure that towing eyelet is installed securely. If not securely installed, towing eyelet may come loose during towing. This may lead to accidents that cause serious injury or even death.

NOTICE
■To prevent body damage when towing with a sling-type truck
Do not tow with a sling-type truck, either from the front or rear.

■To prevent causing serious damage to the transmission and Active
Torque Control 4WD system (4WD models) when towing using a wheellift type truck

2WD models: Never tow this vehicle from

2WD models: Never tow this vehicle from the rear with the front wheels on the ground. This may cause serious damage to the transmission. If towing from the rear, use a towing dolly.

4WD models: Never tow this vehicle with

4WD models: Never tow this vehicle with any of the wheels on the ground. This may cause serious damage to the transmission and Active Torque Control 4WD system. Use a towing dolly.

■To prevent damaging the vehicle when towing using a wheel-lift type truck

When raising the vehicle, ensure adequate ground clearance for towing at the opposite end of the raised vehicle. Without adequate clearance, the vehicle could be damaged while being towed.

■Recreational towing (behind motor home, etc.)

Never dinghy tow your vehicle to prevent causing serious damage to the Active Torque Control 4WD system (4WD models) and transmission.

    Towing with a wheel-lift type truck
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