Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Preparatory Steps


Release the parking brake, and place the transaxle in NEUTRAL. As a rule, the vehicle being towed, should be pulled with the driving wheels OFF the ground. This means in a front wheel drive car, the front wheels should be off the ground. If the driving wheels cannot be raised off the ground, place them on a dolly.

It is recommended that your vehicle be towed from the front, unless conditions do not allow it. Towing the vehicle backwards with the front wheels on the ground, may cause internal damage to the transaxle.

When the vehicle is being towed, the steering wheel must be clamped in the straight-ahead position with a steering wheel clamping device designed for towing service use, such as those provided by towing system manufacturers.

J-hooks should not be used to tow a vehicle. The manufacturer recommends that T-hooks be used when towing the vehicle.

In the event your vehicle requires towing, do not try to take on this job yourself, leave it up to a professional. At no time should you attempt to have your vehicle towed by using a strap and another vehicle. Not only is it dangerous, in many areas it is illegal.

See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Front T-hook installation

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Fig. Fig. 2: Rear T-hook installation