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Need to tow your ride? Here's how to use a tow hook in 5 easy steps

2016-08-30 07:58

HERE'S HOW...: Wheels24 explains how to tow a vehicle using a tow hook. Image: News24


Do you know how to tow a car? Here's how to safely use a tow hook, standard with most new vehicles in SA.

Janine Van der Post

Cape Town - Have you perhaps discovered a strange-looking 'spanner' in your boot? It's called a tow hook and will aid you in towing a vehicle, provided you know how to use it correctly.

A tow hook can be easily overlooked, and ignored.

Automobile specialist Paul Kasker explains how to tow a vehicle using a tow hook. The tool is is found in most modern vehicles and can be used in a few easy steps.

A tow hook, Kasker explains, is a "metal rod with a round loop on the top, and looks like a flat-ended screw on the other side". 

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Here's how tow a vehicle using a tow hook:

1 Remove the tow hook from the tool case below your boot cover, located near the spare wheel.

2 Carefully remove the plastic inset along the front bumper.

3 Insert the tow hook into the bumper into the securing area behind it and turn the hook either clockwise, or anti-clockwise depending on the make of vehicle, until it's tight.

4 Attach your rope, or tow device, and secure it to the towing vehicle.

5 Make sure there are no passengers in the vehicle being towed as it is illegal. Only a driver is allowed in the vehicle being towed to steer the vehicle.

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