What is that weird thing?
September 29, 2005 2:56 PM Subscribe
WhatIsThatWeirdThingFilter: every now and then I spot a car or pickup with this weird attachment to the rear wheel on the driver side.
posted by russmail to travel & transportation (17 answers total)
It's like a spindle attached to the center of the wheel and, fixed to the end of the spindle (which sticks about 6 inches out from the wheel), is an attachment from which a 1/4 inch diameter cable runs. Oftentimes also attached to the spindle is something which looks a bicycle disc brake.
I've mostly seen them on large pickups, but I saw one recently on a car, and the cable went into the rear passenger area - weird!
So: what is that weird thing, and what's it for?
(If my description's rubbish, press feel free to fire questions at me.)