Ford Taurus/Sable 1986-1995 Repair Information

Vehicle Towing


See Figures 1 and 2

Do NOT allow the vehicle to be towed using J-hooks under any circumstances. J-hooks will damage the vehicle's halfshafts and control arms.

If the car is being towed with the front (drive) wheels on the ground, never depend on the steering lock to keep the wheels straight, as damage to the steering could occur. Remember the old saying, "you can pay me now, or you can pay me later''. Your steering wheel should be clamped in the straight ahead position using a suitable steering wheel clamping device.

As a general rule, your vehicle should be towed with the front (drive) wheels off the ground. Whenever you are being towed, make sure the strap or chain is sufficiently long and strong. Straps are recommended because they have more stretch than a chain. Attach the strap or chain securely at a point on the frame; there are shipping tie-down slots at the front and rear of the car which should be used. Never attach a strap or chain to any steering or suspension part. Never try to start the vehicle when being towed, as it might run into the back of the tow vehicle. Do not allow too much slack in the tow line, because the towed car could run over the line and cause damage to both vehicles. If your car is being towed by a tow truck, the towing speed should be limited to 50 mph (80 km/h) with the driving wheels off the ground. If it is necessary to tow the car with the drive wheels on the ground, speed should be limited to no more than 35 mph (56 km/h) and the towing distance should not be greater than 50 miles (80 km). If the towing distance is more than 50 miles (80 km) the front of the car should be put on dollies.

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 1: Schematic of front towing connections

Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Fig. 2: Schematic of rear towing connections