Subject: Dinghy and/or Flat Tow Procedure
Brand: Model: Model Year: VIN: Engine: Transmission:
from to from to
Chevrolet Equinox 2010 2017 LAF, LEA
Involved Region or Country North America
Condition Some customers may notice instability when using a dinghy to tow a vehicle during certain towing conditions.
Cause This condition may be caused by fuse 32 being removed from the instrument panel fuse block as outlined in the owner manual.
Dinghy tow procedure affects the steering system stability.
Information Leave fuse 32 installed. Remove fuse 16 from engine compartment fuse block. An auxiliary battery charger will need to be installed on to the tow vehicle and the charging leads connected to the battery of the vehicle to be towed. This will prevent discharging the battery on the dinghy tow vehicle.
⇒ Example Product: https://rvibrake.com/products/towed-...ant=8804388741
Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles may be dinghy towed from the front. These vehicles can also be towed by placing them on a platform trailer with all four wheels off of the ground.
For vehicles being dinghy towed, the vehicle should be run at the beginning of each day and at each RV fuel stop for about five minutes. This will ensure proper lubrication of transmission components.
To tow the vehicle from the front with all four wheels on the ground:
Important: If the vehicle is towed without performing each of the steps listed under “Dinghy Towing,” the automatic transmission could be damaged. Be sure to follow all steps of the dinghy towing procedure prior to and after towing the vehicle.
Important: If 105 km/h (65 mph) is exceeded while towing the vehicle, it could be damaged. Never exceed 105 km/h (65 mph) while towing the vehicle.
Note: It is no longer required to remove fuse 32.
1. Position the vehicle to be towed and secure it to the towing vehicle.
2. Remove fuse 16, the Antilock Brake System Module fuse, from the engine compartment fuse block and store it in a safe location.
3. Turn the ignition key to ON/RUN, and shift the transmission to D (Drive). Note: disregard “Service Steering” message on IP cluster display.
4. Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).
5. Turn the ignition key to ACC/ACCESSORY.
6. Turn all accessories off.
To prevent the battery from draining while the vehicle is being towed, connect vehicle battery to auxiliary power.
Once the destination is reached:
Important: Do not tow a vehicle with the front drive wheels on the ground if one of the front tires is a compact spare tire. Towing with two different tire sizes on the front of the vehicle can cause severe damage to the transmission.
Important: Use of a shield mounted in front of the vehicle grille could restrict airflow and cause damage to the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. If using a shield, only use one that attaches to the towing vehicle.
1. Set the parking brake.
2. Shift the transmission to P (Park).
3. Turn the ignition key to LOCK/OFF.
4. Install fuse 16, the Antilock Brake System Module fuse.
5. Start the engine and let it idle for more than three minutes before driving the vehicle.
No parts are required for this repair.
OK EPL 10/30/17