What is the purpose of that small (2-inch square) indent in the rear
bumpers of BMWs? It's the border that is indented (the interior of the
square being flush with the bumper surface)and it looks like it could
Limitations. Ha! Reminds me of about 10 years ago when a maniac
friend of mine had bought a true, jacked up, professionally done and
insanely powerful 'monster' truck from a distressed owner "just for
the hell of it." My ancient and far more modest Chevy C10 had been
snowed in up to the windows for several days, and all the snow had
pretty much turned to ice.
Lou attached chains to the rear of his monster and to the front axle
of my truck. He took the strain on the chains and then skillfully
gunned it. I came out of the packed ice like a cork out of a bottle.
No damage. Except for mild whiplash.
Both ends Dave.
I don't think it's actually for towing. More like if you do something stupid
and end up somewhere where you can't get out. If someone has a winch, truck,
etc., they can latch on to that and yank you out of your prediciment. Gently
of course. ;-)
You can pop that cover out and there is a "Screw" hole behind it. In the lid
of your truck you should have a Tow hook that looks like a "Eye-let" that
you can screw in there.
or in short.... its the tow point of your car.
Yes, similar. Sorta.
The ones on the side of the car are where the jack goes, and there are more
under the car in essentially the same place that are used to hold the car to
the deck of the flat bed truck if you need to have the car hauled somewhere
Do not allow the tow truck operator to leave the winch cable tight on these
points while the tow truck is under way, especially if the tires are used
as the anchor points for the straps. The suspension can allow the car to
move about on the tow truck, and if the cable is tight on the eyelets, then
the bumper can be twisted and yanked downward. Ask me how I know.
There is a tool in the trunk that is used by the tow truck to pull the car
onto a flat-bed, or out of a snow bank. The tool screws into a hole that is
behind a cover that is about 2 inches square. Use a screwdriver (also in the
tool kit) to pop the cover off, and screw the loop into the newly exposed
There is a funny video on the internet at ebaums world, showing some drunken
teenagers attempting to pull a car from a snow bank. I suggest people go and
watch, it's quite funny as they rip the back end off the car in the snow
Glad it wasn't my car.
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