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Front tow hook

Discussion in 'Model S' started by AndreyATC, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. AndreyATC

    AndreyATC Member

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    Hello all
    There used to be front hook that was screwed in to the front, behind nose cone
    That piece was normally located in the frunk under the carpet
    Hook was used for towing (e.g loading car on flatbed, etc)
    Is it gone now?
    Is there a still existing threaded hole behind the cone?
     
  2. islandbayy

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    The hook is now located in the charging adapter bag that came with the car on all Dual Motor vehicles.
     
  3. AndreyATC

    AndreyATC Member

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    Hm...
    Gotta check with SC, why I'm missing one
    Is the process of removing nose cone the same as it was for 2013 cars?
    Thank you
     
  4. f-stop

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    I'm curious about the same thing, though hopefully I never need it.
    There was was no towing eye in the UMC bag when I took delivery of my 70D in Dec. The owner's manual says it should be under the frunk carpet, however there seems no way to remove the carpet without first removing the rubber seal that surrounds the frunk opening, so I didn't try that
     
  5. GlmnAlyAirCar

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    Yep, none with my 70D purchased in June.
     
  6. frosken

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    There is a towing hook in the dual motor vehicles as well. In fact it's in the same place in all the Model S versions.

    I had to call the Tesla service phone this winter when I needed to be pulled out of the snow and he said it was located under the carpet in the frunk. I told him that there is no carpet in the frunk of the dual motor cars. He sounded puzled and had to go check on one of their physical cars to try to locate the hook and asked me to wait. In the mean time I got desperate and ripped out the whole carpet enclosing the frunk bay and lo and behold! There it was in a recess of the plastic floor of the frunk.

    You actually have to pry out the frunk liner to get to the towing hook. :frown:
     
  7. AndreyATC

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    Ouch,
    That's kind of silly
    I may just have to dig it up and store it in more accessible place in case i need it
    After all, I dont want to spend unnecessary time in the cold if i need some help getting out of the snow
     
  8. mrElbe

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    My tow hook is also under the Frunk liner. This seems to be the fact for D models.
    When the weather gets warmer, I'll either place the hook into the trunk area or if ambitious, I'll slit the frunk liner with an Exacto knife to create an access flap. I'll use velcro strips to keep it neatly in place. If I get really ambitious, I'll document the modification.
     
  9. Brass Guy

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    I'm curious about this tow hook. I wonder if mine's missing. I've had my front trunk carpet out many times to clean it, and see the storage position in the plastic, but no tow hook. Could it be installed behind the cone, or would it not fit with the cone in place?
     
  10. AndreyATC

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    Just verified with SC
    It's located under the carpet in the frunk
    It's now more difficult to remove the trim and put it back, but it is what it is
     
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    My 70D, November delivery, had it in the charging accessories bag. So possibly the switchover was some time November/December.
     
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    And some of us early S owners never got a tow hook. I did not get one on my May 2013 S85. My wife's June 2015 S70D had a hook in the UMC bag.
     
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    My bigger concern is that the tow hook needs a threaded hole at the other end of the car as well (like every other car I've ever seen). If I drive in to something that gets me stuck, I probably don't want someone to pull me further in!
     
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    My delivery specialist got a towing hook for me at the time of purchase since it wasn't in the car and he put it in the charger bag. I haven't looked in the frunk. I bought a loaner that came from Denver about a week after I put down the deposit.
     
  15. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    The early 2013's didn't have a place to screw in a tow hook, so none was provided.
     
  16. AndreyATC

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    Yes,
    My 16300 vin, July built, didnt have a hole for the hook

    So, I just found the hook under carpet in the frunk on my D
     
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    Make note that the tow hook has a left hand thread. You screw it in counter clockwise.
     
  18. f-stop

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    #18 f-stop, Feb 18, 2016
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    I was just at the SC for another reason and asked about the tow eye for my 70D (Dec 2015)

    it it is indeed stored under the frunk carpet. The tech showed me, it turns out it's fairly easy to pull back the rubber gasket around the frunk opening just a little bit and then pull up the carpet. Note you don't need to remove the gasket, just pull back the inner edge a bit to free the edge of the carpet. The towing eye is stored near the front left corner of the frunk floor. It's fairly easy to stuff the edge of the carpet back under the gasket when you're done
     
  19. AndreyATC

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    Yes, it's not that hard, i agree
    However, i removed it from the frunk and put it in the UMC bag, apparently there is a space for it there

    P.S. it is more difficult now to remove nose cone
    I cannot unlock it by just pressing on the area next to the latch
    I used to be able to do this easily with my 2013 car

    Any tools you guys are using for this?
     
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    #20 f-stop, Feb 18, 2016
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    good idea, maybe I'll put my towing eye in the UMC bag too.

    The tech today showed me how to release the nose cone, he just pressed down hard on the horizontal ledge above it (with the frunk open).
    I saw this video below that shows basically the same idea, by sitting on it hard. no tools required:

     

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