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Honda Fit: Towing

If the vehicle needs to be towed, call a professional towing service. Never tow the vehicle behind another vehicle with just a rope or chain. It is very dangerous.

Emergency Towing -There are three popular methods of towing a vehicle.

Flat-bed Tow Truck Equipment - The operator loads the vehicle on the back of a flat-bed tow truck. This is the best way of transporting the vehicle.

To accommodate the flat-bed tow truck equipment, the vehicle is equipped with the front tie down hook slots (A) and the rear tie down hook slots (B).

NOTE: The tie down hook slots have rubber plugs (C) over the openings.

Front:

AC

Rear:

BC

The towing hooks can be used with a winch to pull the vehicle onto the flat-bed tow truck, and the tie down hook slots can be used to secure the vehicle to the flat-bed   tow truck.


Towing Hook Installation - The detachable towing hook is for towing very short distances, such as freeing the vehicle. The hook attaches to the anchor in the front or rear bumper.

  • To avoid damage to the vehicle, use the towing hook for straight flat ground towing only. Do not tow on an angle.

  • Do not use the detachable towing hook as a tie down to secure the vehicle to the flat-bed tow truck. Use the tie down hook slots provided.

  1. Remove the cover (A) from the bumper.

  2. Front bumper:

    AB

    Rear bumper:

    AB
  3. Remove the detachable towing hook from the tool kit under the cargo area.

  4. Screw in the detachable towing hook (B), and tighten it securely by hand.


Wheel Lift Equipment - The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the tires (front or rear) and lifts them off the ground. The other two wheels remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way of towing the vehicle.

Sling-type Equipment - The tow truck uses metal cables with hooks on the ends. These hooks go around parts of the frame or suspension, and the cables lift that end of the vehicle off the ground. The vehicle's suspension and body can be seriously damaged if this method of towing is attempted. This method of towing the vehicle is unacceptable.

If the vehicle cannot be transported by a flat-bed tow truck, it should be towed with the front wheels off the ground. If the vehicle is damaged, and must be towed with the front wheels on the ground, or with all four wheels on the ground, do this:


It is best to tow the vehicle no farther than 50 miles (80 km),   and keep the vehicle speed below 35 mph (55 km/h).

  • Improper towing preparation will damage the transmission. Follow the above procedure exactly. If you cannot shift the transmission or start the engine (A/T model), the vehicle must be transported on a flat-bed tow truck.

  • Trying to lift or tow the vehicle by the bumpers will cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed to support the vehicle's weight.

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