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2018 - missing cover or missing tow hook?

Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:24 pm

Noticed this hole under my car near the rear passenger tire. Seems to be asking for a cover, but then earlier year's owners are reporting that's where a tow hook is on their cars. Did Nissan stop installing them on 2018 and should there be a cover there? Could somebody with 2018 look under their car? Thank you!
2018 Jade Frost SV with tech and weather packages
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Build date: 03/2018

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Re: 2018 - missing cover or missing tow hook?

Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:16 am

Reagle: Sorry, I don't have an answer for you, but your post prompted me to search for "recovery hook" using 2011 thru 2018 "Leaf Owner Manual"s.

It clearly existed in that documentation from 2011-2015. In 2016-2017 the front access panel on the front left is shown, but no mention of a "recovery hook", so don't know if one actually comes with those cars -- and if not whether one from an older Leaf could even be used after removing that small access panel.

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Re: 2018 - missing cover or missing tow hook?

Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:00 pm

In the 2017 Leaf, you can see the front tow hook at 4:40 into this video, and the rear loop at 5:00. It looks different from your photo.

In your photo, it looks like there is a threaded hole facing downwards. The hole doesn't look big enough for a tow hook (you should be able to stick a finger in a tow-hook hole). And it's pointed in the wrong direction. Imagine a tow-hook like a giant"screw eye" pointed 7 inches straight down. Imagine that the car is stuck in the mud, down a 45-degree freeway embankment. Pulling on the end of such a tow hook would just turn the tow hook bolt into a 7 inch lever, which would put a twisting torque onto the frame member.

It seems more likely that those vertical bolt holes you see could be for mounting a trailer hitch.

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Re: 2018 - missing cover or missing tow hook?

Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:55 pm

Mine doesn't have a cover either - SL model in Canada.
2018 Leaf SL, 19,202 km, SOH - 94.35%, Hx - 121.02, 108.918 AHr

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