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Old March 21st, 2005, 16:58   #1
haugie
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Default Where is my tow hook hiding?

In a quick introduction to my Passat the dealer told me that the front tow hook was in the trunk. To use it you took the front passenger grill off and screwed it in there. I started looking for the tow hook.. I can't find it. yes I may be blind. Can anyone tell me where this is hiding? My Passat is a 2005. Did they do something different. I can see no where in the Manual where it even talks about tow hooks at all.
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Old March 21st, 2005, 17:12   #2
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Default Where is my tow hook hiding?



If it's where mine was in my 2002 automatic Wagon, it should be in with the spare and
jack combination, unless someone put the old 'five-finger discount' on it?

Or do you suppose that VW figures they can save a buck by not including that handy little item?

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Old March 21st, 2005, 20:31   #3
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On my Jetta their's a foam insert in the spare tire that holds several handy tools. the tow hook is an eye about two fingers wide with a left handed bolt as a base. You should have your tire change tools along with this. Make sure you have it all as you only may need it once but at that point you will be needing it with some desperation. Your owners manual will have a list of tools that come with the car.
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Old March 21st, 2005, 21:00   #4
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My '04 MY Jetta TDI manual xmission had the tow hook in the foam insert on the spare tire. Both my '05 Passat TDIs do not have a tow hook. Maybe VW does not want anyone to pull an auto xmission vehicle?
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Old March 21st, 2005, 21:41   #5
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I have a sedan. I removed my spare tire, there was nothing under it. The jack and tools are on the drivers side pocket in the trunk. I took them out searched under everything, took everything out of tool kit. Nothing there. Maybe we can only be pulled out in reverse. The tow hook is permanent in the rear. Now I feel better knowing that other Passats are missing their hooks as well!
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Old March 21st, 2005, 22:52   #6
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On my 05 passat, the tow hook in mounted where it is supposed to be for towing, lower right side grill, just left of the right (passanger side) fog light. I was wondering why there wasn't one on the drivers side, and how is a tow truck operator supposed to remove the grill to get to it! No mention of grill removal in my book.
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 05:51   #7
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Default Re: Where is my tow hook hiding?

Grille comes out really easy.....you'll see two places on the top slat of the grille that need to be pushed down (found near the outside edges of the plastic). Once depressed the grille piece pops out with ease. Takes about 10 seconds once you get the hang of it. Only pain is if your car has a bra....you need to remove it to access the tow hook in the front.
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 06:34   #8
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Thanks! I do have a bra on, or are we politcallly correct and call them masks now? That is why I didn't check under the grill first. It looks like a redesign where the hook does not have to be installed anymore.
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Old March 22nd, 2005, 19:48   #9
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Thanks! I do have a bra on, or are we politcallly correct and call them masks now?
Do you mean we aren't supposed to call them "boulder holders" anymore?
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Old March 23rd, 2005, 08:52   #10
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Thanks! I do have a bra on, or are we politcallly correct and call them masks now?
Do you mean we aren't supposed to call them "boulder holders" anymore?
I thought they were "over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders". Or maybe "double-barrelled-slingshots". Or "go-fer holders" as in "undo it and they go-fer the floor". Is this considered off-topic?
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