TOWING: breakdown recovery

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Before carrying out any towing, position the gearbox in neutral position (position N on vehicles equipped with an automatic gearbox), unlock the steering column then release the parking brake.

Steering column unlocking

Insert the key into the ignition, set to ON 2 position or, depending on the vehicle, with the card in the passenger compartment, press the engine start button for approximately two seconds.

Reposition the lever to neutral (position N for vehicles fitted with an automatic gearbox).

The steering column unlocks and the accessory functions are powered: you can use the vehicle’s lights (direction indicators, brake lights etc.). At night the vehicle must have its lights on.

Depending on the vehicle, once you have finished towing, press the engine start button twice (risk of running down the battery).

The speed specified by current legislation for towing must always be observed. If you are driving the towing vehicle, do not exceed the permissible towing weight for your vehicle. WEIGHTS (IN KG).

Towing a vehicle with an automatic gearbox

Transport the vehicle on a trailer or tow it with the front wheels off the ground.

In exceptional circumstances, you may tow it with all four wheels on the ground, only in a forward gear, with the gear lever in neutral position N over a maximum distance of 50 miles (80 km) and at a maximum speed of 16 mph (25 km/h).

Ensure that the towing eye is bolted correctly.

Risk of losing the towed object.

Leave the card in the vehicle during towing.

Risk of the steering column locking.

When setting off, if the lever is locked in position P even though you are pressing the brake pedal, the lever can be released manually in order to unlock the drive wheels.

To do this, unclip the base of the gaiter and press the 2 push button while simultaneously pressing the 1 button on the lever to unlock the lever and shift to position N.

Contact an authorised dealer as soon as possible.

Only use the front 3 and rear 7 towing points (never use the driveshafts or any other part of the vehicle). These towing points may only be used for pulling. They must never be used for lifting the vehicle directly or indirectly.

When the engine is stopped, steering and braking assistance are not operational.

Access to towing points

Front towing point

Press zone A and keep depressed while pulling zone B to open flap 4.

Rear towing point

Press zone C and keep depressed while pulling zone D to open flap 6.

Tighten the towing hitch 5 fully: first by hand until it stops, then finish by locking it with the wheel brace or, depending on the vehicle, the lever.

Only use the towing hitch 5 and the wheelbrace or lever provided with the tools. TOOLS.

Ensure that the towing eye is bolted correctly.

Risk of losing the towed object.

- Use a rigid towing bar. If a rope or cable is used (where the law allows this), the vehicle being towed must be able to brake.

- A vehicle must not be towed if it is not fit to be driven.

- Avoid accelerating or braking suddenly when towing, as this may result in damage being caused to the vehicle.

- In all cases, it is advisable not to exceed 15.5 mph (25 km/h).

Do not leave the tools unsecured inside the vehicle as they may come loose under braking.