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Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:05 am
by adaviel
I recently got my Leaf stuck in the snow. It would have been trivial to pull it out with my 4x4, but I could not find the tow hook. There's a fitting in the front bumper, but the owner's manual does not mention it. The dealer said it would be with the spare wheel, but there's no spare. The owners manual says that "tow chains or cables must be attached only to main structural members of the vehicle". I can't find any; the air dam covers everything. Not helpful.


This is a 2016 Leaf SV with 30kWH battery. As far as I can tell, the earlier models, and the 2016 S model with 24kWH battery, take a hook part no. 511121KA0A which also fits the Altima, Quest, Rogue etc. The dealer also told me that number. I found one in a scrap yard in an Altima, but it does not fit - the thread is wrong. I believe this part uses a metric coarse M22 thread, while my car seems to have an M24 thread - a slightly larger bolt.

I was wondering if anyone knows if this is in fact correct (M24 thread), or the part number for a hook that fits, or whether anything for any other car would fit.

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:15 am
by jjeff
Did you get your Leaf new? it should have come with a tow hook in the glove box, mine did. I guess if you purchased it used there is a possibility the previous owner kept or lost it?? Of course I suppose Nissan could have stopped including the hook sometime after '13 when I got my Leaf....
If the hook is not in the truck then maybe check the read drivers quarter panel storage area(where the tire pump is) maybe they put it there??

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:16 pm
by ElectricEddy
jjeff wrote:Did you get your Leaf new? it should have come with a tow hook in the glove box, mine did. I guess if you purchased it used there is a possibility the previous owner kept or lost it?? Of course I suppose Nissan could have stopped including the hook sometime after '13 when I got my Leaf....
If the hook is not in the truck then maybe check the read drivers quarter panel storage area(where the tire pump is) maybe they put it there??

My 2016 was missing the hook, so I kept the one from my 13 when I traded it in, ok'd by salesman at the time.
Guess I better pop the cover and see if it works, didn't realize it could be larger w/ the 30 kWh battery. :roll:

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:00 pm
by ElectricEddy
^^^^^
Just an update; the recovery hook kept from my 24 kWh 13 fits my 30 kWh 16 :D

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:42 pm
by adaviel
jjeff wrote:Did you get your Leaf new? it should have come with a tow hook in the glove box, mine did. I guess if you purchased it used there is a possibility the previous owner kept or lost it?? Of course I suppose Nissan could have stopped including the hook sometime after '13 when I got my Leaf....
If the hook is not in the truck then maybe check the read drivers quarter panel storage area(where the tire pump is) maybe they put it there??

It was new, 2016 model year bought in November 2016 in Canada. There was a locking wheel nut adapter in the glove box. I didn't find anything in the tire pump area, either. It ought to be hard to miss. I've had the rear seats completely out, too - nothing there.

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:18 pm
by jjeff
:? interesting, yes it would be hard to miss, very heavy and quite large(6"?? long).
I suppose it's possible they no longer include it, hopefully someone who purchased new Leaf after '13 will report if they got the hook. Maybe it's a Canadian thing and Canada doesn't require it but the US does?? Normally it's the other way around, that is Canadian vehicles seem to have more standard options(like DRLs or even headlight washers??)....

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:21 pm
by adaviel
ElectricEddy wrote:^^^^^
Just an update; the recovery hook kept from my 24 kWh 13 fits my 30 kWh 16 :D


Man, this is annoying. When I check https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/parts/nissan-hook-towing-fro~51112-1ka0a.html, it shows 511121KA0A as a fit for the 24kWH models only. When I look at https://parts.nissanusa.com/, it shows it as a match for LEAF 10/2010 - 12/2017 and LEAF US MAKE 12/2012 - 12/2017, also a bunch of other cars including ALTIMA, PATHFINDER, SENTRA.

The thing I pulled out of an Altima in the scrapyard does not have a part number. I did not note the model number or year of the car. It's like this:
Image It has "NISSAN" one side and "LL" the other. When I try to screw it in, it goes in about 3 turns instead of 13. The thread pitch is slightly too fine.

If they have a different hook thread for Canada, that's just stupid. Except the VIN shows it assembled in the USA (1N4) :evil:

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:54 pm
by adaviel
jjeff wrote:Normally it's the other way around, that is Canadian vehicles seem to have more standard options(like DRLs or even headlight washers??)....

Got the DRLs, no headlight washers. I find I'm setting off at night with no rear lights, because the DRLs are on and the instruments are backlit. The Leaf bugs me to turn the headlights off when I stop, so I do. On my other vehicles, no lights, no instruments - it's more obvious. I often see cars here doing the same thing - DRL does not include tail lights. My written-off Prius (that forced me to get the Leaf) had an auto mode - just leave the lights on auto and the car would take care of it.

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:52 pm
by GerryAZ
SL models have automatic headlights and several additional features which SV models do not have. That is why I bought the 2015 SL--did not want fewer features than I had before. My 2015 did not come with a recovery eyebolt, but a friend with an earlier vintage 2015 had two so he gave me one. I will measure diameter and thread pitch when I get a chance.

Gerry

Re: Tow hook for 2016 30kWH Leaf

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:44 am
by soldcake
I could not find the tow hook


just got a phone call from nissan: There is no tow hook (nor jack) comes with 2016 Leaf SV. "You have to buy it from auto parts shop, preferably Nissan dealer." he told me.

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