2020 Defender

TOWING THE VEHICLE ON FOUR WHEELS

WARNING

The recovery agent MUST activate the transmission park release mechanism before towing commences.

WARNING

If Neutral (N) is selected and the engine is then switched off, the transmission automatically selects Park (P) after 10 minutes has elapsed. If the transmission park release mechanism has not been activated and the vehicle is being towed, serious damage to the transmission will result. There is also a danger to personal safety.

WARNING

If the engine cannot be used during towing, there will be no power assistance to the braking system. The lack of power assistance results in a much greater effort to stop the vehicle and in a greatly increased stopping distance.

WARNING

If the vehicle's battery is to be disconnected, the steering column must be unlocked first. Unlocking the steering column is not possible with the battery disconnected. If the steering column locks during towing, loss of control may occur, leading to serious injury or death.

WARNING

Always make sure that the steering column is unlocked before recovery. Failure to do so may lead to accidents causing serious injury or death.

CAUTION

Only tow the vehicle in a forward direction with all four wheels on the ground. Towing in a reverse direction, or with only two wheels on the ground, will cause serious damage to the transmission.

CAUTION

Do not tow the vehicle for more than 50 km (30 miles). Do not exceed 50 km/h (30 mph). Towing for a greater distance or at a higher speed may result in serious damage to the transmission.

CAUTION

Do not tow the vehicle if the transmission cannot be set in Neutral (N). Do not tow the vehicle if the rear electronic differential has failed in the locked position. Doing so may result in damage to the vehicle.

The vehicle should be recovered with all four wheels clear of the ground, i.e., on a trailer. If the vehicle cannot be recovered via the correct method, the vehicle can be towed on all four wheels for a short distance. Please adhere to the following guidelines.

The following procedure must be carried out carefully to prevent damage to the vehicle:

  1. Secure the towing attachment from the recovery vehicle to the front towing eye. See FRONT TOWING EYE.

  2. With the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) applied, switch on the ignition. Make sure that the steering lock is unlocked.

  3. Apply the brake pedal and select Neutral (N).

  4. Activate the transmission park release mechanism.

  5. Leave the smart key in a secure place inside the vehicle.

  6. The ignition may be switched on to allow operation of turn signals, brake lights, etc.

    CAUTION

    Leaving the ignition switched on for extended periods will drain the vehicle's battery.

  7. Release the EPB before towing the vehicle.