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Cutout in the bumper

I just bought a SRX - I've read through the owner's manual front to back, and can't seem to find this. On the front bumper, towards the passenger's side, there's a cutout in the bumper of some sort - it almost looks like the cutouts for the headlight washers. I know it's not that though, because there's only one -- the SRX does have optional headlight washers that pop out, but they're right next to each headlight (there's 2), and I don't have that option on mine anyways. I know it's not a parking sensor either - they're only on the back bumper. Does anyone have a SRX, and/or know what the hell that plastic thing is on the front bumper? Click this link to see what I mean. I got a pic from the Cadillac site, and circled what I'm talking about... link to picture -

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Ya, it's for towing pruposes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009


From what I understand the hole should be covere by a filler insert.It is used to tie down the car during transportation.

Posted on Jul 06, 2008


My understanding is this is for tying it down during shipment only.

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I know nothing about Cadillac, but i've seen a similar thing on a Volvo, and it's for towing the vehicule

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