BMW Cars 1999-06

Pushing & Towing The Vehicle


If your car needs to be towed, the best method is by flatbed. The risk of body damage or drive axle and transmission damage is reduced by using a flatbed. If a flatbed is not available, have the car towed by a wheel lift type tow truck. Do not tow the vehicle with a sling or bumper lift type tow truck or severe damage to the bodywork will occur.

If the car is equipped with automatic transmission, a few special precautions must be taken to prevent the transmission from being damaged. The car must be towed with the selector lever in the NEUTRAL position. The car may be towed a maximum distance of 30 miles (50 km) at a maximum towing speed of 25-30 mph. If the car must be towed a greater distance then stated above, either the driveshaft must be disconnected or an additional 2.1 pints of DEXRON® III must be added to the transmission (to be drained immediately after towing).

If the vehicle needs to be pulled out of mud or sand, use a nylon tow strap to pull the vehicle out. All vehicles are equipped with tow eyes or attachment points for screw-in tow eyes. The screw-in tow eye is located in the toolkit. The tow eyes or attachment points are located behind panels in the front and back of the vehicle. Pry the panel off to expose the tow eye or attachment point. Screw in the tow eye fully and tightly. Do not tow with the tow eye loose.

It is recommended not to push your BMW. Due to height differences in bumpers and the possibility of damaging the energy absorption bumper, do not push your car.

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Fig. The tow hook is located in the tool kit in the luggage compartment

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Fig. To install the tow hook, carefully lift away the trim cover on the right front of the bumper

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Fig. Once the trim panel is removed, the threaded hole for the tow hook is exposed

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Fig. The tow hook simply threads into the receptacle on the bumper