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2017 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Emergency Towing

Emergency Towing  
Call a professional towing service if you need to tow your vehicle.  
1Emergency Towing  
All Models  
Flat bed equipment  
Trying to lift or tow your vehicle by the bumpers will  
cause serious damage. The bumpers are not designed  
to support the vehicle’s weight.  
The operator loads your vehicle on the back of a truck.  
This is the best way to transport your vehicle.  
2WD Models  
Wheel lift equipment  
Improper towing such as towing behind a  
motorhome or other motor vehicle can damage the  
The tow truck uses two pivoting arms that go under the front tyres and lift them off  
the ground. The rear tyres remain on the ground. This is an acceptable way to  
tow your vehicle.  
Never tow your vehicle with just a rope or chain.  
It is very dangerous since ropes or chains may shift  
from side to side or break.  
uuEmergency Towingu  
Models without AWD system  
1If your vehicle must be towed with the front wheels on the  
Models without 9-speed automatic transmission  
If your vehicle must be towed with the front wheels on the ground:  
1. Check the transmission fluid level.  
2 Transmission Fluid P. 558  
Towing a vehicle is prohibited by law in some  
Check and follow the legal requirements of the  
country you are driving before towing your vehicle.  
2. Hook the towing device to the towing  
3. Start the engine.  
If you cannot follow the exact procedure, do not tow  
your vehicle with the front wheels on the ground.  
u If it is difficult to turn on the engine, put  
the ignition switch in ACCESSORY (q or  
If you cannot turn on the engine, you may experience  
the following while your vehicle is being towed.  
ON (w*1  
Braking may become difficult since the brake  
system’s power assist is disabled.  
Automatic transmission models  
Steering wheel becomes heavy as the power  
steering system is disabled.  
4. Shift to (D and hold for five seconds, then to (N  
Manual transmission models  
Manual transmission models  
4. Shift to (N  
Turning the ignition switch to LOCK (0*1 locks the  
steering wheel.  
All models  
5. Release the parking brake.  
Going down a long slope heats up the brakes. This  
may prevent the brakes from working properly. If  
your vehicle needs to be towed on an incline, call a  
professional towing service.  
With the front wheels on the ground, it is best to tow  
the vehicle no farther than 80 km (50 miles), and  
keep the speed below 55 km/h (34 mph).  
*1: Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an  
ignition switch.