Land Rover Discovery Owners & Service Manuals

Land Rover Discovery: Vehicle Recovery


  • Vehicles should only be recovered on a trailer
  • If the vehicle is to be recovered from "off-road" conditions it can be towed at 10 Kp/h - 25 Km.
  • Use extreme caution when moving or towing the vehicle. Serious injury or death may occur.


  • The following procedures must be followed to make sure that the vehicle is towed in a safe condition and damage to the vehicle transmission system is prevented.
  • If N (neutral) is selected on the automatic transmission selector and the engine is OFF, the transmission will automatically select P (park) after 10 minutes has elapsed. If the transmission service park release is not activated and the vehicle is towed, damage to the transmission may occur.


If the battery is to be disconnected, the steering column must be unlocked prior to disconnection and recovery of the vehicle.

  1. Make sure that the steering column lock is unlocked.
  2. Remove the front towing/lashing eye access panel.


Make sure that the towing attachment will not contact the front bumper during towing.

  1. Secure the towing attachment from the recovery vehicle to the towing/lashing eye.
  2. Apply the parking brake.
  3. Turn the ignition ON.
  4. Apply the footbrake and move the automatic transmission selector to the N - Neutral position.


Do not release the parking brake until towing is about to commence.

Whilst towing, do not attempt to start the engine. With the engine switched off, the power assisted steering system and brake booster will be inoperative thereby resulting in an increase in the effort required to turn the steering wheel and apply the brakes.

  1. Active the transmission service park release.
  2. Release the parking brake.



Use extreme caution when moving or towing the vehicle. Serious injury or death may occur.


  • Always use qualified personnel to carry out the vehicle recovery.
  • Make sure that the vehicle is secured correctly.

The recommended method of vehicle recovery/transportation of the vehicle is by a trailer designed for that purpose.



If the vehicle is to be recovered from "off-road" conditions it can be towed at 10 Mp/h - 25 Km/h.

It is recommended off-road driving/recovery training is completed prior to attempting off-road recovery.



Use extreme caution when removing the towing/lashing equipment.

Vehicle movement is possible and may result in injury.

  1. Apply the parking brake.
  2. Turn the ignition OFF.
  3. Select P (park) on the automatic transmission selector.
  4. Deactivate the transmission service park brake release.
  • Reverse the transmission service park brake release process.
  1. Detach towing equipment from towing/lashing eyes.
  2. Install the towing eye access panel.


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