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Make sure there’s sufficient clearance between the oil pan and wheel lift crossbar, and allow for compression of the suspension as well. Additional clearance between the oil pan and the wheel lift crossbar can be achieved by reducing the width of the wheel retainers and grabbing less of the tire—but only so far, making sure it’s still secure.

the vehicle to be towed to ensure there is adequate clearance for the crossbar to extend under the vehicle without contacting any vehicle components. Adequate extension of the wheel lift is required to allow sufficient turning radius while in tow. Extend

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the wheel lift just enough to allow a proper radius without causing the towed vehicle to contact the tailboard of the tow truck during turns or backing. Avoid over-extending the wheel lift, as this will result in more weight transferring off the front axle of the

tow truck, which reduces braking and steering control. Other damages can occur when the wheel lift crossbar or wheel retainers contact undercarriage components. Low-clearance vehicles and those with lowprofile wheels are particularly

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American Towman Magazine - October 2021  

American Towman Magazine - October 2021  

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