What is this? I've had many volvos and for some reason I never wondered. I know there's light washers on the front
By - yungshaggeral
Very useful in snowy climates like the Nordics where Volvo's originated from.
To pull others out of the snow!
Or if you blow up a CV joint or transmission, in the middle of nowhere. Like I did yesterday.
Was out on a test drive and on my way back home after replacing the upper engine mount (due to some odd vibrations, it had also seen better days) and some other work. I did a little pull and the vibrations came back, so I clutched in and they went away so I slowly let up the clutch again and BANG.
Managed to tow it home...
Damn that sucks
Took a better look at it to day and came to the conclusion that it was the inner CV joint on the right shaft.
So a new drive shaft is on the way..
I guess things like that happen when you have over 280 000km, the car is 20 years old and tuned.
But it was a long day, yesterday, we got rescued by my mother and her (and my dads) 2001 V70 2.4 which they bought in the summer of 2003, also was the main family car up until recently and has over 370 000Kms on the clock.
Than there was the issue of getting it in to our driveway, we live on a bit of a hill and our drive was is short and wide, we tried to push it but it was just too heavy, so hooked it back up to the V70 and towed it up the hill unhooked it and moved the V7p out of the way and rolled it down the hill and in to our driveway.
You can pop the cover out to reveal a threaded tow hook attachment point. You should have a tow hook with your spare tire/tire change tools.
This is the correct answer
Edit. Op should have one on the front too
I appreciate it
Your welcome. Don’t pop them out if you can avoid it though. Sometimes they don’t stay in after they are used.
That’s your tire fluid reservoir. Make sure to top it off every 100 miles.
I just poured a few gallons of diesel in there, I hope that tides me over
Laser port, for shooting holes in radiator of tailgating Audi and BMW drivers. There's a secret submenu in MyCar.
Tow hook not a washer
So here’s my Q. Pulling it out of a ditch, yes, but towing an awd any distance like this doesn’t work, or is this why it’s on the back? Will it tow backwards without the tires locking up? Whenever I’ve needed a tow for my landys or Volvo’s, I’ve had to get a truck with a bed. I suppose you’ve still got to pull the sucker onto the bed of the truck…. Just one of the many questions that runs through my head when I see these.
It's for getting the car unstuck or loaded onto a flatbed, definitely not for towing any sort of distance.
it’s not for that kind of “towing”. it’s for pulling a car out of a situation where it’s stuck. if you tow basically any vehicle with that method for a distance you would cause damage. the only vehicles that can do that are certain 4wd vehicles that have a neutral gear in the transfer case. in every other car you would need to remove the driveshaft.
I figured as much, but my overthinking brain always wants more information. Thank you for humouring me. :)
my brain works the same way lol, that’s why i included the other information.
> the only vehicles that can do that are certain 4wd vehicles that have a neutral gear in the transfer case
As well as any car with a manual gearbox.
personally, i would be too scared of the car going into gear to do that but yes, that would be true.
Tow hook lid. Pop it open and the tow truck guy has a hook where to pull
But don't pop unless you need to because the fecker of a cover will never go back in properly again ;)
In finland many drive with them open after they used it
Someone knocked mine out in Walmarts parking lot in the snow and I never found it. I have a replacement but it needs paint
ERA paints will get you close enough with a rattle can of color matched paint and a can of clear coat. Did the same on my car and you can't tell it's been painted
Nice, thanks for the tip
Don't forget to give the part a good sanding and primer as well if it's a front tow hook, otherwise you'll get a bunch of rock chips
It's the back one on my s40
Nice. In that case you can probably skip the primer but would still recommend sanding. If you have the time, do the primer too
SMART. PAINT JOB FOR THAT SMALL SQUARE I FOUND OUT COST AROUND $60. PLUS 30 FOR THE SQUARE ITSELF.
Why are you yelling?
It's public service broadcasting.
This deserves an award. So here you go!
That's where you check you oil
Ah *that’s* why I never find any oil on that “dipstick” thing under the hood!
It’s for the what-the-heck-is-this-thing.
Cover for the tow hook. Try looking underneath
On a slightly related note, the tow hook lid for my XC60 got knocked off. Anyone know where I can get a replacement?
Ebay, voluparts, FCP euro, or ViVA Performance would be your best bets
Depends where in the world you are.
Texas. My car pine gray too
They’re also in Texas.
This thread makes it clear to me how few people are familiar with the concept of cars towing other cars..
It is a hook that is used when transported by Ro-Ro