How to Use a Tow Dolly

Indianapolis Towing 317-247-8484

Indianapolis Towing 317-247-8484

There are three primary ways to tow a car: all wheels off the ground, all wheels on the ground, and just two wheels on or off the ground. To tow a vehicle with all four tires off the road, you would use a trailer. To tow a vehicle on all fours, you would require a tow bar. But to tow a vehicle with only two wheels in contact with the road, you would need a tow dolly. The type of tow you use depends on a variety of factors. Continue reading to learn these facts and how to use a tow dolly if it’s the right towing set-up for you.

Using a Tow Dolly

A tow dolly elevates the front two wheels of a vehicle in tow. Whether or not a tow dolly is the best option for vehicle towing depends on a few important factors. These factors include the size and weight of the vehicle you wish to tow, whether or not that vehicle has front, rear, four, or all-wheel drive, towing capacity of the vehicle doing the towing, and how much time and money a person is willing to spend setting it all up.

Any front-wheel drive automatic vehicle can be pulled with a tow dolly. This is one of their advantages. And in comparison to using a tow bar (four wheels down), it never adds mileage to the odometer since the front tires never make contact with the road. Some vehicles, if towed with a tow bar, will rack up miles even if the ignition is off. To safely tow a front-wheel drive automatic vehicle with four wheels down, certain towing accessories are generally required, like axle disconnects and lube pumps, in order to avoid damaging the transmission. This makes towing a vehicle on all four wheels more expensive than towing with a tow dolly. And towing with a trailer is even more complicated and expensive. For these reasons, a tow dolly could be the best option for your towing needs.

It is important to keep at least 750 pound weight difference between your towing vehicle and the vehicle being towed. And the width of the vehicle in tow should be within the tow dolly’s maximum width rating. These widths should never be exceeded. It is recommended to review your owners’ manual for recommended towing instructions and guidelines. Or contact a local wrecker service for immediate answers to your towing questions.

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