How to Use a Tow Bar

Written by alibaster smith
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A tow bar is a device that connects to the back of your vehicle so that you can tow something behind you. Tow bars are typically used as a replacement for a trailer hitch if your vehicle doesn't have the option to hook up a hitch. Usually, these tow bars are comprised of a rigid frame, and either chains or straps to connect to whatever you are trying to tow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Torque wrench

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  1. 1

    Hold up the free end of the tow bar (the end not connected to your vehicle) and line it up with whatever you are trying to tow. For example, if you are towing a car, line up the tow bar base plate with the tow hooks on the car.

  2. 2

    Have an assistant remove the pins on the base bar (if it has locking pins) or slide the supplied mounting hardware (the bolts) through the tow hooks on the car to be towed (or other hooks on whatever device is being towed).

  3. 3

    Torque the bolts down according to the torque specs for your make and model of tow bar.

  4. 4

    Verify that the tow bar is secure by starting up the towing vehicle and slowly pulling the towed vehicle or device a few feet.

  5. 5

    Verify that all electrical connections for the brake lights (if applicable) from the tow bar are plugged into the outlet on the back of the towing vehicle.

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