Buick Regal Owners & Service Manuals

Buick Regal: Towing the Vehicle

Caution: Incorrectly towing a disabled vehicle may cause damage. The damage would not be covered by the vehicle warranty.

Do not lash or hook to suspension components. Use the proper straps around the tires to secure the vehicle.

Have the vehicle towed on a wheel lift tow truck or flatbed car carrier.

If a wheel lift tow truck is used, the drive wheels cannot contact the road while the vehicle is being towed. A wheel dolly must be used to lift all drive wheels off the ground.

The vehicle is equipped with

The vehicle is equipped with specific attachment points to be used by the towing provider. These holes may be used to pull the vehicle from a flat road surface onto the flatbed tow truck.

Consult your dealer or a professional towing service if the disabled vehicle must be towed.

Recreational Vehicle Towing

Recreational Vehicle Towing of recreational vehicle towing are known as dinghy towing and dolly towing. Dinghy towing is towing the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground. Dolly towing is towing the vehicle with two wheels on the ground and two wheels up on a device known as a dolly.

Here are some important things to consider before recreational vehicle towing:

  • What is the towing capacity of the towing vehicle? Be sure to read the tow vehicle manufacturer's recommendations.
  • What is the distance that will be traveled? Some vehicles have restrictions on how far and how long they can tow.
  • Is the proper towing equipment going to be used? See your dealer or trailering professional for additional advice and equipment recommendations.
  • Is the vehicle ready to be towed? Just as preparing the vehicle for a long trip, make sure the vehicle is prepared to be towed.

Dinghy Towing

Caution:

Caution: If the vehicle is towed with all four wheels on the ground, the drivetrain components could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Do not tow the vehicle with all four wheels on the ground.

Vehicles with an automatic transmission should not be towed with all four wheels on the ground.

If the vehicle must be towed, a dolly should be used. See the information on dolly towing later in this section.

Dinghy Towing from the Rear

The vehicle was not designed to be

The vehicle was not designed to be towed from the rear with all four wheels on the ground.

Dolly Towing from the Front (Front-Wheel Drive)

Vehicles with front-wheel drive can

Vehicles with front-wheel drive can be dolly towed from the front.

To dolly tow the vehicle from the front:

1. Attach the dolly to the tow vehicle following the dolly manufacturer's instructions.

2. Drive the front wheels onto the dolly.

3. Shift the transmission into P (Park).

4. Firmly set the parking brake.

5. Use an adequate clamping device designed for towing to ensure that the front wheels are locked into the straight-ahead position.

6. Secure the vehicle to the dolly following the manufacturer's instructions.

7. Release the parking brake only after the vehicle being towed is firmly attached to the towing vehicle.

8. Turn the ignition off.

Dolly Towing from the Front (All-Wheel Drive)

Vehicles with all-wheel drive cannot

Vehicles with all-wheel drive cannot be dolly towed.

Dolly Towing from the Rear

The vehicle cannot be dolly towed

The vehicle cannot be dolly towed from the rear.

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