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Old 10-14-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hi folks,

My girlfriend is having her '95 wagon flat-bedded to the dealer so they can rectify a technician's "oversight". It looks like there are two 1/2-inch u-bolts tied to the frame rails at the rear corners of the car but only a small 1/4-inch eye bolt tied to the right front radiator support [this point doesn't look very strong].

It appears the approved solution is to have the vehicle pulled onto the flatbed via the rear 1/2-inch u-bolts. Is this the general consensus? In a pinch, where have you folks attached the chains to pull the vehicle from the front? Obviously, it would be prudent to stay away from steering and suspension components. Thanks for your time.

Allen
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:38 PM   #2
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had to have my 98 towed when the battery exploded last winter . my tow hooks were in the front. check behind the bumper. i know i can see mine when i look behind it. best way i can explain it is they are on the sides of the radiator, not attached to it.

just ran out to check, mine are directly below the headlights under the bumper. i actually have to reach under the bumper to get to them. hope this helps.

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Old 10-14-2007, 11:44 PM   #3
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also, if it was a technician's oversight at the dealer argue with them about getting them to pay for the towing. if they didnt screw up the car wouldnt need to be towed. doubt youll get anything, but id try it.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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Ooohhhh, man... I thought you were about talk about cutting up your car and turning it into a baja-style flatbed. That would've been a great thread to read (especially if it had pictures).
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:26 AM   #5
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You can use either towhooks. There are two in the front and two in the back.

Definitely pursue the dealership about paying for the towing, unless you have AAA platinum or something...
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:42 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. For some reason, her wagon only has one tow hook up front located on the passenger side of the radiator support under the headlight. To be safe, I suppose we will pull it onto the flatbed from the rear.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:57 AM   #7
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She might have had the other cut off. There was a recall about the tow hooks setting off the airbags if you run up on a curb. The solution the dealers came up with was cutting them...
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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She might have had the other cut off. There was a recall about the tow hooks setting off the airbags if you run up on a curb. The solution the dealers came up with was cutting them...
Yeah, mine had that done. IIRC the actual tow points are higher up, those are just tie-downs for easier transport from the factory.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:50 PM   #9
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have you thought about attaching the tow strap to the rear view mirror? That's one of the strongest points on a subaru! It's either that, or wrap it around the intake manifold and start pulling.



Sorry, but for some reason I just had to be stupid on at least one post today. Your thread was the winner...
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:43 PM   #10
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I've scraped, slammed, and bumped those hooks so much that I don't know whether it's a good thing or not that the airbags didn't go off...
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:00 PM   #11
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For the archives, we found two holes [sealed with rubber plugs], one on each frame rail, right around the front door handles [IIRC]. We were going to insert the tow trucks J-hooks in those until we found two more holes, also on the frame rails, about 18" further to the rear that weren't plugged. Those are the ones we hooked up to. And just to report, absolutely no problems getting on or off the tow truck. Thanks again!
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