How to Install a Reciever Hitch on Your Vehicle – Step-by-Step Guide

How to Install a Reciever Hitch on Your Vehicle

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Before beginning, consult the hitch instructions and remove the spare tire (if applicable). Wear work gloves and activate the vehicle’s emergency brake while working underneath the car. Wheel chocks can also help stabilize the vehicle to prevent it from moving during this process.

Remove the Hitch

The most essential part of any hitch installation is ensuring it is adequately secured. It will require you to use a pin and clip or locking pin to secure the ball mount to the receiver hitch.

It is also possible that you will need to drill into the vehicle frame. In these cases, it is recommended to use a cobalt drill bit with cutting lubricant and gradually increase the hole size until it is appropriate for the bolt.

Finally, you may need to jack up the vehicle to give yourself ample room to work. If this is the case, we strongly recommend activating the parking brake and chocking the back wheels with wedges to prevent the vehicle from rolling while you are working underneath it.

Ensure the hitch is secure and locked by jiggling the area where the bar goes through the receiver. Install the drawbar pin and retainer clip.

Ensure the class of hitch you select is appropriate for the load you plan to haul. If the load is too heavy for your hitch, you risk damaging your vehicle or causing an accident.

Ensure your safety by wearing protective gloves and glasses before working on your vehicle. Chock the front tires of your vehicle and jack up the rear to keep it from moving while you’re working underneath. You can use jack stands to support your vehicle while working. Also, apply penetrating fluid to the rusted bolts to help loosen them up.

Remove the Spare Tire

You need to remove the spare tire to install a receiver hitch. Locate the spare tire in the trunk and remove the nuts using your lug nut wrench. Use your hands to loosen the lug nuts, then turn them with the lug nut wrench. Once the lug nuts are loose enough, use your hands to put the spare back on. Once the tire is on, use the lug nut wrench to tighten them as much as possible.

Then, use the lug nut wrench to lower the jack so that your spare rests on the ground and the vehicle’s total weight is not yet on it. Tighten the lug nuts as much as possible by hand before lowering the jack and removing it from under the car.

Remove the Hitch Mount

Make sure to read the instructions that come with your hitch. They will provide a road map that is tailored to your specific installation. Also, make sure to wear work gloves and put on safety glasses. Also, place wheel chocks on your vehicle to prevent it from rolling while you’re working underneath it, and activate the emergency brake. Turning your shop light to illuminate your work area is a good idea.

If your truck or SUV has a rear spare tire stored under it, remove that tire to make more room for your work. If your instructions call for it, lower the exhaust as well. If the frame holes are dirty or rusty, spray them with penetrating lubricant and a wire brush to clean them out.

Remove the Hitch Hardware

Depending on the type of hitch you’re installing, some vehicles require that you remove a spare tire or heat shield to access the mounting points. It may increase the time and cost of the installation.

Before you begin, consult the installation instructions that came with your hitch. It will provide a clear road map to follow. Wearing work gloves and safety glasses when working underneath your vehicle is important.

It is essential to prioritize safety and take precautions to prevent accidents and injuries. Having a shop light and a set of wheel chocks or ramps is also an excellent idea to help keep your vehicle stable while working underneath it.

Start by removing the pin and clip from the receiver tube. Then, insert the drawbar pin through the hole in the receiver hitch. Insert a retainer clip through the hole in the drawbar pin to secure it in place.