Tow Eye Cover Buyer's Guide
- Tow eye covers are thermoplastic panels that are installed on the bumper cover to hide the required attachment points on the vehicle frame.
- These caps cover the tow eye which are metal rings attached to the chassis. These hoops are anchor points that are used to safely load your car onto a towing vehicle.
- The tow eye covers are typically removed to access the attachment points for vehicle retrieval only. The tow eyes are not recommended for long-distance towing.
- A tow eye cover is needed purely for aesthetics and does not affect the performance of your vehicle. It’s perfectly okay to drive a vehicle without a tow eye cover, however, you may want to get any missing caps replaced to maintain the look of your vehicle.
- They usually come with a tether that allows you to detach the panel and access the tow eye without completely removing it from the bumper cover.
- Tow eye covers and tow hook covers are similar in function. Their only difference is that most tow eye covers are installed on the front bumper cover while tow hook covers are mostly attached to the rear bumper cover.
- The cost of a tow eye cover will depend on the year, make, and model of your vehicle. OE replacement tow eye covers will generally cost you anywhere from $1 for an individual panel to $104 for a set.
- It’s pretty easy to match a replacement tow eye cover to your vehicle. Some of the options available in the market today already come painted to match specific make models. You may also get covers that are already primed and ready for painting if you’re worried about color-matching a custom paint job.
- Tow eye covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Anyone, even drivers without any experience doing car DIYs, can quickly screw these caps onto their bumper.
- These parts are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Anyone, even drivers without any experience doing car DIYs, can quickly screw these caps onto their bumper.
- You may need to get your tow eye caps replaced if they are cracked, damaged, come loose, or go missing. These caps may easily pop off due to collision damage, a high-pressure car wash, an attempted car theft, or simply because of a manufacturing flaw.
- Find the right tow eye cover and ensure a perfect fit by browsing CarParts.com’s selection of high-quality tow replacement tow eye caps. Simply plug in your complete vehicle information to start your search today.
What is a tow eye cover?
Tow eye covers are thermoplastic panels that are installed on your bumper cover. As its name suggests, these caps cover the tow eye which is a metal hoop or ring that makes it possible for your vehicle to be safely loaded onto the back of a towing vehicle. A car typically has a pair of tow eye covers on the driver and passenger side of the front bumper.
What is a tow eye cover for?
A tow eye cover is designed to hide the tow eyes from sight while they aren’t needed. These panels are installed on the bumper cover, creating a sleek and seamless look for your fascia. They usually come with a tether that allows you to detach the panel and access the tow eye without completely removing it from the bumper cover.
What’s the difference between a tow eye and a tow hook cover?
These covers basically have the same function. They both cover the four attachment points on the vehicle frame. The only difference between the two is where they are installed. The tow eye is the metal ring that allows your vehicle to be towed. This is why most tow eye covers are located on the front bumper cover. The two hooks allows you to pull a trailer or a car that is stuck in the mud. This means that tow hook covers are typically installed on the rear bumper cover.
How much is a replacement tow eye cover?
How much you’ll need to spend on a tow eye cover will depend on the make and model you drive. OE replacement tow eye covers will generally cost you anywhere from $1 for an individual panel to $104 for a set. You can get them in a primed finish or painted to match.
Tow eye covers are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. Anyone, even drivers without any experience doing car DIYs, can quickly screw these caps onto their bumper.
When should you replace a towing eye cover?
As mentioned above, your car’s tow eye covers are located on the front bumper. They are prone to collision damage because it is located in the crush zone of the vehicle. When you get into a low-speed forward collision, your bumper crumples in order to absorb impact energy and direct it away from the passenger cabin. In the process, it is normal for the tow eye covers to get cracked, scratched, or come loose.
Most people get this part replaced because they suddenly find out that it has gone missing after a long drive or a high-pressure car wash. Some vehicle models also come with stock front tow cover caps that keep popping which could be caused by bad design. In rare cases, car thieves would remove the tow covers to steal a vehicle. While it’s good that attempts like these can fail, you may not bee too happy about being left with an eyesore on your bumper cover.
Finding the right fit
The design and fit of a tow eye cover vary depending on your vehicle’s specific make and model. To make sure that you’re getting the right replacement part for your vehicle, use CarParts.com’s built-in vehicle selector. Let’s say you’re looking for a Ford Focus ST front tow eye cover, all you need to do is simply enter your complete vehicle information to narrow down the results to all compatible parts.