Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

The absolute best way to have the car towed or transported is on a flat-bed or rollback transporter. These units are becoming more common and are very useful for moving disabled vehicles quickly. Most vehicles have lower bodywork and undertrays which can be easily damaged by the sling of a conventional tow truck; an operator unfamiliar with your particular model can cause severe damage to the suspension or drive line by hooking up chains and J-hooks incorrectly. If a flatbed is not available (you should specifically request one), the car may be towed by a hoist or conventional tow vehicle.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Tie down locations on the Tercel

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Fig. Fig. 2: FWD towing procedure, note the last method cannot be used for automatic transaxle vehicles

Front wheel drive cars with automatic transaxles must be towed with the drive wheels off the ground. FWD cars with a manual transaxles can be towed with either end up in the air or with all four wheels on the ground. You need only remember that the transaxle must be in Neutral, the parking brake must be off and the ignition switch must be in the ACC position. The steering column lock is not strong enough to hold the front wheels straight under towing.

On 4WD vehicles with manual transaxles, tow the vehicle with the rear wheels on the ground. (If the vehicle is lifted from the rear use a towing dolly under the front wheels) Release the parking brake and put the transaxle in Neutral. The rear drive control lever must be in FWD.

On 4WD vehicles with automatic transaxles, tow with the rear wheels on the ground. Release the parking brake and put the transmission into Neutral. Never tow a vehicle with a automatic transaxle from the rear or with the front wheels (drive wheels) on ground.

Most vehicles have conveniently located tie-down hooks at the front of the vehicle. These make ideal locations to secure a rope or chain for towing the car or extracting it from an off-road excursion. The vehicle may only be towed on hard surfaced roads and only in a normal or forward direction.

If the vehicle is being pulled with all four wheels on the ground, the driver must be in the vehicle to control it. Before towing, the parking brake must be released and the transmission put in neutral. DO NOT flat tow the vehicle if the brakes, steering, axles, suspension or drive line is damaged. If the engine is not running, the power assists for the steering and brakes will not be operating. Steering and braking will require more time and much more effort without the assist.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Four wheel drive towing procedures