Flat Bed Tow Trucks - Where to mount the hooks on your Passat?
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    Flat Bed Tow Trucks - Where to mount the hooks on your Passat?

    Recently I got my Passat towed by a Flat Bed tow truck. The guy had hooks attached to the winch to get the car up on the flat bed.

    So he hooked both hooks (can't use one) to the lower control arms ( I believe, it's the lower part of the arms). So I'm thinking: The arms are designed to take load up an down, but not pulling... right? Perhaps this is not good lugging a 3500 lb car up pulling on these arms.

    I took it to my mechanic afterwards, he said control arms fine.

    So where are the correct contact points on a Passat for flat bed towing hooks?

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    when mine gets towed either my A4 or passat on the flat bed they put straps over the tires to hold the car down.

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    don't know about the Passat, but when My taurus was towed by the Roll-back (flatbed), they also used the towing hooks on the lower C-arms (taurus is also FWD) and it was fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randy View Post
    Recently I got my Passat towed by a Flat Bed tow truck. The guy had hooks attached to the winch to get the car up on the flat bed.

    So he hooked both hooks (can't use one) to the lower control arms ( I believe, it's the lower part of the arms). So I'm thinking: The arms are designed to take load up an down, but not pulling... right? Perhaps this is not good lugging a 3500 lb car up pulling on these arms.

    I took it to my mechanic afterwards, he said control arms fine.

    So where are the correct contact points on a Passat for flat bed towing hooks?
    If i remember correct, the towing hook is behind the screen around fog lights.
    When you pop passenger side out, you can see the hook in front of SAIP. Maybe it is on the driver side in front of side intercooler, but I am 90% sure it is passenger side fog light screen. Kamil

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamil View Post
    If i remember correct, the towing hook is behind the screen around fog lights.
    When you pop passenger side out, you can see the hook in front of SAIP. Maybe it is on the driver side in front of side intercooler, but I am 90% sure it is passenger side fog light screen. Kamil
    hmm. i don't remember seeing those... maybe i never looked for them.

    for the rear of the car, i've seen it often done, by hooking to that tow hook or U bracket hanging back under the rear.

    both times my car was towed, they fastened the rear there. forgot what they did for the front, my suspicion is they hooked the subframe. i would fear hooking the control arms due to stretching the bushings in directions they weren't designed to move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamil View Post
    If i remember correct, the towing hook is behind the screen around fog lights.
    When you pop passenger side out, you can see the hook in front of SAIP. Maybe it is on the driver side in front of side intercooler, but I am 90% sure it is passenger side fog light screen. Kamil
    I think you are right. I saw this in my Bentley manual yesterday. It was the passenger side, behind the lower grill. Didn't see if there is one on the driver's side.

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    Never hook to a suspension component. They're not designed to take loads in that direction- the weight of the car in this case. The towing eye in the front is behind the passenger side foglamp grille.

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    next time you see a tow truck guy hooking anything to your controll arms kick him in the head... hard...
    and yes you do have a tow hook behind the smaller bumper grill

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    I saw the eye hook behind the bumper, not sure how you would get there, but the guy had two hooks and said he needed to hook both of them up.

    I'm not talking about once it's on the bed, I'm talking pulling it on the bed, when the bed is at 30 degrees. They usually have one cable going to the winch, the other "Y"s to two hooks.

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    I've been pulled on a flatbed using just the one side. You don't need to be pulled by a Y-Assembly.
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    If he felt the need to use both hooks, he should have hooked them both up to the tow hook. As stated before the suspension is not made for towing. When I had my E300d on a flat bed they hooked one hook to the tow eye (same general location as in the passat) and it pulled up fine.

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    How do you get to this hook if it is behind the bumper/fog light??/

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    The grill pop right out. B5 have this also.

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    Came upon this discussion searching for the same thing, I need to have my B5 wagon taken to a garage. But looking in the manual it specifically says "Your Volkswagen cannot be towed with conventional sling-type equipment or non-self-loading wheel dollies. Towing with this kind of equipment will cause bumper and body panel damage." Nowhere in the manual does it say anything about existing tow hooks, although a 2000 Passat may predate the widespread use of rollbacks. I'll also add that the grill on a B5 is not very close to the headlight/foglight, which are all above the bumper.

    However, I pulled the little piece of grill out and there's a U-hook behind it all right. I was going to post some photos, but this tells me an 800 pixel wide picture is too large.

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    Holy crap! Hey Harvey!
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    Both Harvey and this thread back from the dead
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