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The tow bar makes it possible for you to tow another vehicle safely and securely. It is often employed when a bigger vehicle like an RV or a full-sized truck needs to tow a smaller vehicle during travels. This is a cheaper alternative to having the smaller vehicle shipped to your destination or renting another vehicle there. It's a good thing that tow bars are easy to install.

Here are the steps to help you mount the towing bar properly on the frame of the vehicle that will be towed:

What you'll need:

  • Clamps
  • Drill bits
  • Socket set
  • Power drill
  • Wrench set
  • Tape measure
  • Protective eyewear
  • Safety chains/cables
  • Self-adjusting tow bar
  • Owner's manual (for towed and towing vehicles)

Prior to installation:

Step 1: Know the suitable towing weights.

You can find this information in the owner's manual of both the towing vehicle and the automobile that's being towed. It's also wise to familiarize yourself with the entire installation procedureso you'll know if you have the complete set of tools and if the time you're allotting for the DIY task is enough.

Step 2: Purchase the appropriate tow bar.

Unlike other auto components that work and fit best if they are custom-made for the vehicle, a universal fit tow bar seems to be a good buy because it can be switched between vehicles. This is necessary because bumper heights and towing locations vary from one vehicle to another, and a universal unit can adjust to the specifics of the vehicle it is used on. However, you can also get a bar that's made specifically for the towed vehicle.

Installation instructions:

Step 1: Prepare the vehicle to be towed.

Park the vehicle that will be towed on a solid, level ground and engage its parking brake.

Step 2: Determine the location of the bolt holes.

With a tape measure, get the size of the frame at the vehicle's front. Get the width of the tow bar and mark the spot on the vehicle's frame where the bolt holes will be drilled. Make sure these holes are centered on the vehicle.

Step 3: Install the towing bar.

With the aid of the clamps, carefully install the bar to frame of the towed vehicle, making sure they are aligned with the marks you've made earlier. If they do not line up, remove the bar, do the measurements once again, and remark the spots.

Step 4: Drill the bolt holes.

Wear your protective eyewear before using the power drill. Using the marks you've made as a guide and the bar as the template, drill the bolt holes.

Step 5: Install and tighten the mounting bolts.

Insert the mounting bolts on the holes and tighten them with a wrench or socket to secure the tow bar in place.

Step 6: Connect the safety chains/cables to the vehicle.

Make sure the cables cross and connect not only to the vehicle being towed but also to the towing vehicle. The proper attachment points of the cables are to the trailer mount of the towing vehicle and to the frame of the vehicle being towed.

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