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The width of wheel retainer shown here (right photo) was reduced excessively for illustration purposes only. Do not reduce the wheel retainer width anymore than is necessary to complete the tow without damage. Grabbing too little of the tire may result in the vehicle more easily rolling out of the wheel retainers. On the other hand, with the wheel retainers adjusted to grab as much of the tire as possible (left photo) there is minimal clearance for the oil pan. The vehicle bouncing on its suspension during the tow might allow the oil pan to contact the wheel lift crossbar resulting in damage.

towed vehicle’s tires to maintain adequate clearance between the oil pan and the wheel lift crossbar. Some lowered vehicles or vehicles with flat tires may require a double pick. Doing so requires raising

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the vehicle just high enough to place a 4x4-inch block of wood under both lifted wheels. Place the transmission of the vehicle in park so it will not roll off the wood blocks and then lower the vehicle’s wheels onto the wood

blocks. This setup will allow you to adjust your wheel lift retainers closer under the tire. Adjust them only enough, though, to provide the required oil-pan clearance. Autoloaders are usually equipped with spacers that can be

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American Towman Magazine - October 2021  

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