TOWING TIPS WHEN AN AUTOMATIC CAR BREAKS DOWN
No one wants to experience their car breaking down when being driven. But it’s always better to be prepared for a rainy day and know what to expect if this happens.
If you ever see a group of people pushing down a car to re-start it, know that it only applies to manual car. An automatic car has a hydraulic system that works only when the engine is active – instead of helping, pushing an automatic car may damage its components.
The solution for an automatic car is the towing service. Read more to learn what you need to know.
1. Shift the gear to neutral
When your car breaks down, move the clutch to the neutral position. Also use the shift lock so that you can remove your car key. If you’re in the middle of traffic, on the Neutral position, slowly steer your car to the road shoulder so as not to disrupt other drivers.
2. Identify your car power system
Before having your car towed, make sure you know where does the car’s power go.
If your car is a rear-wheel drive (RWD), and the towing service uses a hook and chain system, the hook needs to be attached to the rear of your car and the car will be lifted from the rear, while the front wheels stay in contact with the road. Your car’s rear will be positioned the facing the rear of the towing truck.
Do the opposite if your car is a front-wheel drive.
3. Choose a flatbed towing service
Flatbed towing is the most ideal option, if possible. It is safer for the car and its components, since the entire car is transported on the back of the truck.