Trap Doors on Car Bumpers

July 6, 2010 at 5:00 am 3 comments

From satellite navigation to chilled cup holders, modern cars are full of high-tech developments that get you from point A to point B without getting lost and with colder refreshments. Overall, car technology has improved the handling, efficiency, style, safety, comfort and entertainment of our cars.

There are even high-tech bumpers out there. If you see bumpers with three or four dimples aligned across the back bumper, those are likely sensors for the backup warning system.

If you see small rectangular patches, that’s what this secret is about. They’re actually pretty low-tech, but still cool.

Even if your car doesn’t have them, maybe you’ve noticed them on other cars while you’re sitting at a red light (they may be found on front and/or rear bumpers).

They look like trap doors that cartoon characters fall through long after the audience spots them and screams at their television to warn the carbon impaired being of the obvious hazard and their impending doom. In reality, they cover anchor points where you can insert a towing eye (aka “tow hook”).

Check your car out during the summer and if you need them in the winter, you’ll know if they’re there. The towing eye is usually stored with the spare tire and/or jack and it screws in behind these covers.

bumper patch open tow hook eye door

Like all of the secrets on this site, there will be somebody reading who already knows this one — that’s cool, you can brag (or complain) about it in the comments, or retweet it and say you knew this, “like 10 years ago.”

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dwight  |  July 6, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Ive known about this for a while but have never seen how the tow hook was placed , and I didnt know about there being a tow hook by the spare, I’ll have to take a look at my car

    • 2. Jason  |  June 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

      where can i get one if i lost myn?

  • 3. Suspect_Number_3  |  December 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Are these separate from the tie-down points used when shipping the cars ?


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