814 WHEEL TRACTOR Towing Articulated Vehicles Caterpillar

Towing Articulated Vehicles
1.1. Engine Running
2.1. Engine Stopped

These instructions are for emergencies ONLY. Always haul an articulated vehicle if long distances must be traveled.

Engine Running


The vehicle can be towed a SHORT DISTANCE, pulled out of mud or to the side of the road, if the power train and steering system are operable, and the engine is running. The operator on the towed vehicle MUST steer in the direction of the tow line.

Engine Stopped

------ WARNING! ------

Do not push an articulated vehicle with the engine stopped. The brakes, steering and bucket or blade controls will not function.

Use a tow bar if machine is to be moved more than a few feet.


------ WARNING! ------

Personnel must NOT be on the vehicle when it is being towed with the engine stopped.


The articulated vehicle can be towed up to 2 miles (3.2 km), but ONLY if 5 mph (8 km/hr) is not exceeded and the following precautionary steps are taken.

1. Remove the axle shafts if internal transmission or drive line failure is suspected.

2. Disconnect the steering follow-up linkage to prevent damage to the machine.

3. Reverse the hydraulic steering hoses connections, IN ONE CYLINDER ONLY, so the steering cylinders can move freely.


Be sure the cylinder hoses are connected correctly before operating the vehicle. With the hoses reversed, the steering system will not operate.