Most good towing companies and tow truck operators do a good job but, in the unfortunate situation you need to have your 124 Spider towed, knowing the proper towing procedure outlined by Fiat and making sure its being done will keep you confident that your vehicle isn't being damaged in the process.
Below you will find just a couple important points owners should be aware of, see the Owners Manual for more.
Attaching The Tow Eyes
Proceed as follows:
1. Remove the towing eyelet and the lug wrench from the luggage compartment.
2. Wrap a flathead screwdriver or similar tool with a soft cloth to prevent damage to a painted bumper, and open the cap located on the front or rear bumper.
Front Bumper Cap Location
1— Front Bumper Cap
Rear Bumper Cap Location
2— Rear Bumper Cap
3. Securely install the tow eye in front or rear using the lug wrench or equivalent.
Installing Front Towing Eye
Installing Rear Tow Eye
4. Hook the towing rope to the tow eye.
When using the tow eyes, always pull the lead or chain in a straight direction with respect to the eyelet. Never apply a sideways force.
Proper lifting and towing are necessary to prevent damage to the vehicle. Government and local laws must be followed. A towed vehicle usually should have its drive wheels (rear wheels) off the ground. If excessive damage or other conditions prevent this, use wheel dollies. When towing with the rear wheels on the ground, release the parking brake.
If towing service is not available in an emergency, the vehicle may be towed with all four wheels on the ground using the towing hook at the front of the vehicle. Only tow the vehicle on paved surfaces for short distances at low speeds. Follow these instructions when towing the vehicle with all wheels on the ground:
See more in the Fiat 124 Spider Owners Manual
- Shift to neutral (manual transmission), or the N position (automatic transmission).
- Place the ignition to ACC.
- Release the parking brake.