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Old December 19th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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As simple as the title says. 3 cars, a broken tow strap and 2 hours later...back in the heat of home. This is just in my neighborhood alone. If you don't have AWD or 4x4 your fucked. FWD sucks if you don't blow the stop signs and keep driving, rear wheel is just pointless. What's great is out of the 3 cars I tugged on, only the civic had a damn place to purposely put a hook. Had to find a hole or good enough piece of steel to pull out the 300 and Impala. I also love how nobody understands you have to keep your wheels straight if you want to get anywhere. Never got to use the recovery strap since nobody has a big enough piece to run it through or hook on to. At least made $10.

Everyone do me a favor and make sure there's a hook or loop on all your cars so you don't end up sleeping in a snowbank overnight. I watched an F-150 pull the front bumper off a Cavalier with regular marine style rope. Could have been easily avoided.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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most cars will go good with a good set of snow tires.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #3
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Dont most new cars come with a recovery shackle? I thought the 300 for sure had one. You pull a small tab off the bumper to expose a threaded hole, and then screw in a steel eyelet stored with the spare.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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I don't know I drove the wifes Escort to work today didn't have a problem madison heights to Metro Airport. Didn't have a problem
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Dont most new cars come with a recovery shackle? I thought the 300 for sure had one. You pull a small tab off the bumper to expose a threaded hole, and then screw in a steel eyelet stored with the spare.
Our minivan has a hook on the back and the saturn has hole opposite the muffler. 300 front and rear had nothing under its bumpers. Definitely be lookin for that shackle next time.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #6
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I a bunch of cars stuck, mostly at intersections where the snow wasn't plowed in the turn lanes, and it was super deep there. Or people trying to go up inclines in the fwd with shitty tires, had to push a guy outta my parking lot today cus his car just couldn't do it. I also had to drive across the grass because a cavi and an escape where stuck side by side, and I didn't feel like wainting, that was on the way home from getting my buddy unstuck, he was stuck backwards in the mcdonalds parking lot.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #7
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Our minivan has a hook on the back and the saturn has hole opposite the muffler. 300 front and rear had nothing under its bumpers. Definitely be lookin for that shackle next time.
If you ever see a small .5"x.5" battery cover looking thing on a plastic bumper cover.....that car has an eyelet in its jack compartment. (unless the owner lost it)



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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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neighbor borrowed one of my snatch straps to help the schwan's guy that was stuck in the middle of the street right in front of me.

dunno what was funnier, the schwan's guy actually out in this mess, or a stock z71 spinning all four in reverse swinging back and forth on the end of the strap like a pendulum.

they finally got the schwan's guy, un-high centered, and he backed a 1/4 mile down the street...
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:30 PM   #9
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If you ever see a small .5"x.5" battery cover looking thing on a plastic bumper cover.....that car has an eyelet in its jack compartment. (unless the owner lost it)




what thread would that be?
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #10
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I pulled the UPS truck off my street tonight. Don't know what he was thinking coming down my cul-de -sac. There were 2 cars stuck on it already
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #11
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what thread would that be?

I have no idea. European cars started doing this a while ago, and the jap and american cars started doing it later. It would make sense for them to all be a standard thread, but I really dont know.
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As simple as the title says. 3 cars, a broken tow strap and 2 hours later...back in the heat of home. This is just in my neighborhood alone. If you don't have AWD or 4x4 your fucked. FWD sucks if you don't blow the stop signs and keep driving, rear wheel is just pointless. What's great is out of the 3 cars I tugged on, only the civic had a damn place to purposely put a hook. Had to find a hole or good enough piece of steel to pull out the 300 and Impala. I also love how nobody understands you have to keep your wheels straight if you want to get anywhere. Never got to use the recovery strap since nobody has a big enough piece to run it through or hook on to. At least made $10.

Everyone do me a favor and make sure there's a hook or loop on all your cars so you don't end up sleeping in a snowbank overnight. I watched an F-150 pull the front bumper off a Cavalier with regular marine style rope. Could have been easily avoided.


1) It is illegal for you to pull people out on a public street, unless your a licensed tow truck with proper emergency lights
2) is something were to break, or be broken during the recovery they could sue your ass
3) If you were a proper recovery vehicle (tow truck) you would have the J- hooks to be able to hook into the frame and recover the vehicle properly



I know your trying to help, but remember the above when doing so.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 06:50 PM   #13
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1) It is illegal for you to pull people out on a public street, unless your a licensed tow truck with proper emergency lights
2) is something were to break, or be broken during the recovery they could sue your ass
3) If you were a proper recovery vehicle (tow truck) you would have the J- hooks to be able to hook into the frame and recover the vehicle properly



I know your trying to help, but remember the above when doing so.
In reference to point 1;


Would that nullify any recovery waiver you may have created and had the recovered vehicle owner sign? IE, the waiver says "you cant sue me if I break your car" but they end up suing you anyway because you were illegally recovering them (even under their permission/ begging)?
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1) It is illegal for you to pull people out on a public street, unless your a licensed tow truck with proper emergency lights
2) is something were to break, or be broken during the recovery they could sue your ass
3) If you were a proper recovery vehicle (tow truck) you would have the J- hooks to be able to hook into the frame and recover the vehicle properly



I know your trying to help, but remember the above when doing so.
And quit your whining. If they annoy you that much, drive on by.
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1) It is illegal for you to pull people out on a public street, unless your a licensed tow truck with proper emergency lights
I would like to see a legal reference to that.
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Old December 19th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #16
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I would like to see a legal reference to that.
x2 I have seen this posted often on boards like this but never saw a law in reference to it.

I stopped to help a girl in the ditch tuesday night, cops made no mention of me not being able to pull her out or help, they thanked me and I told them I would get out fo their way and left.
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x2 I have seen this posted often on boards like this but never saw a law in reference to it.

I stopped to help a girl in the ditch tuesday night, cops made no mention of me not being able to pull her out or help, they thanked me and I told them I would get out fo their way and left.

I've seen it, i just have to find it now.
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I would like to see a legal reference to that.
Look it up yourself. You have to be licensed, insured, bonded, and have the proper equipment including lights, etc... It is up to the officer if they want to write you up or let you do a recovery. Some will let you do it so that the scene is cleared quickly. I did that once in Ohio where Rt23 exits off of I-75 south of Findlay. The officer let me strap a car out of the ditch so that it didn't cause more rubber neckers to crash. He stopped traffic for all of 90 seconds while I drug the lady back up to the side of the road.
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I've seen it, i just have to find it now.
I don't doubt you, and I have heard and seen it posted often, but never actually saw it myself. I have stopped and pulled many a person out over the years with and with out cops present and never had a problem.
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On snowy days i think cops have better things to do than worry about the licenses of people pulling others out of the way.


I was going to pull a co-worker out, but i couldn't find anything to hook onto. All because i wasn't fat enough to push.
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