How to install the Front Tow Hook on a 2000 Jetta

On Friday I was working on securing my canoe to the roof of my 2000 VW Jetta.  When I got around to tying down the front, I was surprised to find that there was no “tow hook” on the front at all.  I consulted the manual for the Jetta only to find that I’d “archived” the section on towing somewhere.  Fortunately some web searching revealed that the Jetta does have a tow hook, you just have to install it.  Here’s how.

First, open up the trunk of the car, empty its contents, and lift up the panel that covers the spare tire.  Tucked inside the styrofoam that secures the car jack you should find a round bronze-coloured screw-in tow hook:

Locate the screw-in tow hook in the trunk

Now, move around to the front of the car.  On the left-hand side (passenger’s side) you’ll see, under the bumper, a vent-like plastic piece like this:

Locate the Bumper Vent

Stick your hands into the vent and you’ll see that you can grasp it enough to gently snap it out of place:

Remove the Bumper Vent

Underneath you’ll find that there’s a place for you to screw in the tow hook. Note that it’s reverse-threaded, so you screw it in the opposite direction to the way you normally screw things in. Here’s what you’ll have when you’re done:

Screw the tow-hook into the hole

Unfortunately there’s no place the screw-hook on the driver’s side of the car; as the Jetta’s rear tow hook is also on the passenger’s side, this means that any canoe-securing ends up somewhat lop-sided.


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Natalie on August 18, 2011 - 16:35 Permalink

Thanks for this post it is most helpful. I’m going to head on my lunch break and see if I can find and install my tow hook.

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John on February 1, 2012 - 04:55 Permalink

Thanks for making this post!!! You helped me in ways you can’t imagine………..well, I am sure you can imagine………..I have a toe hook on the front of my vehicle now!!!