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My 2000 Subaru Outback LTD got towed!

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Unfortunately, my car got towed. I live in NYC, and I have seen how tow truck drivers handle cars here. I know that the car is ONLY supposed to be towed on a flatbed truck, but I don't know if that happened here.

Besides possible cosmetic blemishes, is there anything I should be on the look out for if the car was towed incorrectly?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Proper tow drivers will use a dolly for AWD vehicles. Very VERY rare chance the driver didn't use a dolly and may have damaged your AWD system dragging it with the front end off the ground etc.

Call the tow service and ask them if they use a dolly on their standard trucks many tow rigs often do not have a dolly and they may flat out tell you they don't have a dolly. Which case I would explore it further. Don't let on you have a AWD car and are trying to sort out how they towed your car - they'll tell you to piss off and that will be the end of it.
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And then get some of these for your car:
(2) AWD Tow Warning Stickers | eBay

All the better to get damages (if any) paid for if you can prove they were negligent in moving your property.

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And then get some of these for your car:
(2) AWD Tow Warning Stickers | eBay

All the better to get damages (if any) paid for if you can prove they were negligent in moving your property.
Thanks for the link. Just ordered mine.

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Proper tow drivers will use a dolly for AWD vehicles. Very VERY rare chance the driver didn't use a dolly and may have damaged your AWD system dragging it with the front end off the ground etc.

Call the tow service and ask them if they use a dolly on their standard trucks many tow rigs often do not have a dolly and they may flat out tell you they don't have a dolly. Which case I would explore it further. Don't let on you have a AWD car and are trying to sort out how they towed your car - they'll tell you to piss off and that will be the end of it.
I have never been to NYC (nor do I desire to...) but people have posted photos of subarus being towed improperly there. Evidently it is an issue.

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What kind of damage can be done if a Subaru is pulled onto a flatbed without putting it in neutral?

I'll be the first one to say it.. there must have been a reason they towed it, if you were in a no parking zone or had many unpaid tickets I'm not sure they'll be very sympathetic as the situation could have been avoided.
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What kind of damage can be done if a Subaru is pulled onto a flatbed without putting it in neutral?

I'll be the first one to say it.. there must have been a reason they towed it, if you were in a no parking zone or had many unpaid tickets I'm not sure they'll be very sympathetic as the situation could have been avoided.
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What kind of damage can be done if a Subaru is pulled onto a flatbed without putting it in neutral?
Severe drive train damage can occur if an automatic Subaru is towed with only 2 wheels on the ground. No fluid being pumped through the system, so it can burn up internals.

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3. Can I tow a Subaru behind my motorhome?

AWD Subaru vehicles with manual transmissions can be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral. STI vehicles with 6 Speed Manual Transmissions can also be towed with all four wheels on the ground and the transmission in neutral. In addition, STI vehicles with 6 Speed Manual Transmissions require that the Driver's Control Center Differential (DCCD) is set in manual mode and the DCCD control dial set to the furthest rearward position.

Please refer to your owner's manual for additional important information on towing vehicles with all four wheels on the ground.

AWD Subaru vehicles with automatic transmission can only be towed with all four wheels OFF of the ground. Therefore, if you are interested in towing a Subaru behind your motorhome, we would suggest purchasing a manual transmission Subaru.

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