TOWING: breakdown recovery
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” 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, 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 fitted 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 gearbox in neutral position N, over a maximum distance of 50 miles (80 km) and not exceeding a speed of 16 mph (25 km/h).
When starting, 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 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.
When the engine is stopped, steering and braking assistance are not operational.
Leave the card in the vehicle during towing.
Risk of the steering column locking.
Only use the front 4 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.
Access to towing points
Front towing point 4
Unclip the cover 3 by inserting a flat-blade screwdriver or similar into the groove A.
Rear towing point 7
Unclip the cover 6 by inserting a flat-blade screwdriver or similar into the groove B.
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.