towing a locked car - damage resulting?
Amazingly, my Cooper, which was stolen in August was recovered last night. I went to go take a look at it, even though I don't legally own it any more after the insurance settlement. Not having any keys, I was sort of amazed that the AAA tow truck fellow could not, absolutely could not, get the doors open. He was able to pry up the lock button, but it would immediately go back down. Trying to open the door during the split second while the button was up would not work.
He was told he did not have permission to break a window to get in so he could try to unlock the steering column. He could not get the tow bar under the front of the car because of the way it was parked and the closeness of the car in front of it. The wheels were turned and apparently the car was in neutral. He woumd up getting the tow bar underneath the rear wheels and and towing it that way, which I think is backwards.
My question is whether anybody knows what sort of damage could result from towing it this way. The tow yard was less than 2 miles away. I assume that the front end alignment could be thrown off since the wheels were turned, but I'm wondering about damage to the transmission. The owners manual talks about the wrong way to tow a CVT, but not a manual, which mine is.
I'm also wondering if any damage results from poking a bar around in the door trying to get it unlocked. He was going at it pretty vigorously.