In order to push another vehicle using our own without damaging either car, we need a push bar. This component is mounted to the tow hooks on the front end of the truck and protects this area from being damaged while it is pushing up against another object. If you need to attach a push bar onto your vehicle, simply follow these steps and you won't go wrong.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- 10 mm wrench or socket
- 8 mm wrench or socket
- Push bar mounting kit
Removing the bolts and air box
Using a 10 mm wrench or socket, take off the four 10 mm bolts located on each side of the vehicle's airbox, which is usually found beneath the front end of the truck. Then, remove the three 8 mm bolts from the bottom of the airbox. Next, remove the airbox from the plastic push-screws that's mounting it to the vehicle and set it aside.
Taking off other bolts and tow hooks
Loosen the back bolts on each tow hook, but be careful not to remove them yet. As for the front bolts, loosen and take off them from each tow hook. With the tow hooks loose, remove them from the back bolts. When hooks are off, remove the back bolts as well.
Attaching bolts to the mounting brackets
Align the holes on the left mounting bracket with those on the left tow hook mount. Then, insert the back bolt into its respective hole and tighten it with your fingers. Next, look for the cross bolt included in the mounting kit and insert it through the opposite side of the tow hook mount. Then, insert the front bolt into its respective bolt and tighten it with your fingers, but be careful not to tighten it all the way. Do these again on the right side mounting bracket.
Installing the push bar and tightening the remaining hardware
Line the holes on the push bar up with the holes on the mounting brackets, and insert the bolts, which were included in the kit, into the holes to hold the push bar in place. Get the lock washers and nuts, which you can find in the mounting kit, and install them onto the bolts. However, do not fully tighten them yet. With everything in place, tighten the front and back bolts on the tow mounts completely, before doing the same thing to the nuts on the push bar.