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12-05-2002, 04:38 PM
Towed because snow ban was in affect. States if snow is 2" or greater, then you would be in violation. Well, it did snow here 2 days ago but most has melted since. There's less than an inch on the ground now! What gives? Ended up costing me $190!!

Thankfully the car was put on a flatbed and no visual damage could be found. What would happen if the car was towed by a regular tow truck in gear with the e-brake on?

12-05-2002, 04:52 PM
Most tow truck operators do not want to damage your car, so if they towed it by picking it up they would probably use the wheel dolleys or they would "break-in" with slimjim (if possible) and take it out of gear/release the brake.

12-05-2002, 04:55 PM
What if the guy just didn't care and did it? The brakes would get worn out but how about the in gear part? Will the engine or gears get ruined because the oil pump is not running?

12-05-2002, 05:02 PM
It would damage the car, but I don't know how bad. Most tow guys would pull the car from the back if they thought it was in gear and they didn't want to use the dolleys. Id be more worried about them using the dolleys, but jacking the car at the wrong spot and damaging something that way. I've watched these guys in action numerous times and none of them use a light touch with anything they damage is always possible regardless of how they tow it...but it's not usually the intent, since the towing company is ultimately responsible for damage they cause.

12-05-2002, 05:09 PM
Cars can get towed in both directions. If you had locked the wheel to the side, they probably would have gotten a flat bed to tow it. If they can't get into the car to release the brake, they will drag it onto the flatbed.<br>
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2001 M Coupe

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