If your vehicle needs to be towed
If towing is necessary, we recommend having your vehicle towed by your Lexus dealer or a commercial towing service, using a lift-type truck or a flat bed truck.
Use a safety chain system for all towing, and abide by all state/provincial and local laws.
If towing from the front, the vehicle’s rear wheels and axles must be in good condition.
If they are damaged, use a towing dolly or flat bed truck.
The following may indicate a problem with your transmission. Contact your Lexus dealer before towing.
- The engine is running, but the vehicle will not move.
- The vehicle makes an abnormal sound.
If a tow truck is not available, in an emergency your vehicle may be
towed using a cable or chain secured to the emergency towing eyelet. This should only attempted on hard, surfaced roads for short distances at low speeds.
A driver must be in the vehicle to steer and operate the brakes. The vehicle’s wheels, drive train, axles, steering and brakes must be in good condition.
1. Towing eyelet
Emergency towing procedure
1. Release the parking brake.
2. Shift the shift lever to N.
3. Turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch to ACCESSORY (engine off) or IGNITION ON mode (engine running).
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 eyelets and the cables or chains. Always use caution for the surroundings and other vehicles while towing.
- If the engine is not running, the power assist for the brakes and steering
function, making steering and braking more difficult.
To prevent causing serious damage to the transmission Never tow this vehicle from the rear with front wheels on the ground.
This may cause serious damage to the transmission.
Installing towing eyelet
Remove the eyelet cover using a flathead screwdriver.
To protect the bodywork, place a rag between the screwdriver and the vehicle body, as shown in the illustration.
Insert the towing eyelet into the hole and tighten partially by hand.
Tighten down the towing eyelet securely using a wheel nut wrench.
Installing towing eyelet to the vehicle Make sure that towing eyelet are installed securely.
If not securely installed, towing eyelet may come loose during towing. This may
to accidents that cause serious injury or even death.
Towing with a sling-type truck
To prevent body damage
Do not tow with a sling type truck, either from the front or rear.
Towing with a wheel lift-type truck
From the front
Release the parking brake.
To prevent damaging the vehicle 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.
From the rear
Use a towing dolly under the front wheel.
To prevent causing serious damage to the transmission Never tow this vehicle from the rear with the front wheels on the ground.
Using a flat bed truck
If your Lexus is transported by a flat bed truck, it should be tied down at the locations shown in the illustration.
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.
To avoid serious damage to your vehicle
Do not use the rear transport eyelets.
They are used for shipping purposes only.
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