Getting the Best Tow Hook for Your Car
Pickup trucks, off-road vehicles, and even race cars need tow hooks. You just can't deny how valuable they are in sticky situations. If you got your 4x4 stuck on a muddy trail, or you have to attach a trailer to your van, all you have to do is hook it up, step on the pedal, and you're off. Read on to know the different types of tow hooks, and some buying tips for your specific needs.
The different types of tow hooks
Tow hooks are designed mainly for their function, and the load they need to carry. Here are some common types of hooks you can find in the market today:
- Grab hookAlso called a mount tow hook, a grab hook is designed mostly for heavy-duty or off-road trucks. It is used often used for pulling a vehicle from a situation where the wheels can't maneuver freely like in sand or mud. A grab hook can also be used to lift a stalled vehicle. It is also designed with a latch to secure the hook in place.
- Pintle hookA pintle hook is commonly used for trailers attached at the rear of a car. It has a clipping mechanism that secures the trailer in place. A pintle can come with a stationary or rotating ball to relieve stress from a vehicle and allow movement to the load.
- Racing hookDesigned mostly for race cars, a racing hook is located either in front or at the rear of the car. This type of hook is mostly for aesthetic appeal only, especially for street cars that are always off-track. However, a racing hook can actually serve its towing purpose if a car stalls on the road and fails to start.
These are just the common types of hooks so you can have an idea. It is better to determine your need before you buy one. Moving on, here's a list tips you need to consider:
Tow hook selection tips
- If the tow hook you need is for heavy-duty pulling or lifting, stainless steel is the best choice. The strength of steel will be able to support even the heaviest of loads.
- When selecting tow hooks, remember to choose a tow strap or chain that fits perfectly well with the tow hook.
- For car modification enthusiasts, aluminum tow hooks is the way to go. It comes in different colors to match your car's body paint. There's also "anodized" aluminum available which is a great addition.
Hook ?Em Up: How to Install Tow Hooks on Your Car
Are you ready to get it on against the dangerous off-road terrain? Are you ready to take on boulders, hills, mud, and all that stuff? If your answer is "yes," then you must have your heart all pumped up and your vehicle revved to the max. Let me ask you one last question, "does your car already have a tow hook?" If you answered "no," then read this article to know how to install it safely before you take on that track.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Ratchet with extension
- Socket set
- 3/4" and 5/8" wrench
- New tow hooks
Note: The vehicle used in the installation is a Jeep ZJ Grand Cherokee, and the type of tow hook used is a grab hook/ mount tow hook.
Step 1: Park your car in a clear, level surface.
Step 2: Locate the bolts that hold the front plastic cover under the engine. Remove it using the wrench and bring the cover down.
Step 3: Search for the holes that was covered by the plastic cover where you can screw the bolts in place. They should be located just underneath the radiator.
Step 4: Position one tow hook near the hole and bolt it in place. Do the same for the other hook. Take a step back and check if the tow hooks are aligned.
Step 5: Reattach the plastic cover under the engine. The tow hooks must be located within the spaces of the cover's grille. Adjust the position ofthe hooks if they scratch against the cover.
- If you weren't able to search the holes for the screw, then use a power drill and an appropriate drill bit size to create holes. Just be careful when you are drilling near the engine.
- When you purchase each tow hook, make sure that the hardware is already included.