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2013 Ford Taurus Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver Class II - 1-1/4"

Curt Trailer Hitch

(10 reviews)

Code:   C12296



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2013 Ford Taurus - Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, Ford Taurus trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

Confirmed to fit your 2013 Ford Taurus


  • Custom fit is designed specifically for your Ford Taurus
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Gloss black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Drawbar sold separately - pin and clip included
  • Made in the USA


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class II
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 300 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: All non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt. Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

12296 Curt Class 2 Trailer Hitch Receiver

No drilling required Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Tech Tip

Hitch does fit SHO models. Hitch does not fit Police Interceptor models. No drilling required for installation , Exhaust must be temporarily lowered for installation

Video of Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"

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Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Taurus - Curt

Today on our 2013 Ford Taurus, we'll be installing the CURT 1 1/4" receiver tube hitch, part number C12296. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 3/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 12 1/2". Now, we'll go ahead with installation.

Now, before we can begin our install, we'll first need to lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust safely, we're going to put a safety strap underneath it first. Then, we'll be removing the 3 rear rubber isolators from the metal hangers. To remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger, can be made easier by spraying each one with some spray lubricant. Then, using our pry bar we'll go ahead and remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger.

Next, we'll use the safety strap to safely lower the exhaust down and out of the way. Next, we're going to go ahead and remove the 2 rear rubber isolators from the metal exhaust hangers that are bolted to the frame. Then, we'll go ahead and remove the exhaust hangers. We'll remove the fasteners and then the hangers. We'll go ahead and set the hardware and hangers aside, as they will not be reinstalled. Now, let's go ahead and put our hardware into the frame.

Starting on the driver's side, we'll go ahead and take the pull wire, feed it through the forward attachment point and out the rear attachment point, which will also be the access hole. Then, we can slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block into the frame, followed by the carriage bolt, and pull them into position. Now, go ahead and remove the bolt leader. We'll reuse the same bolt leader for the rear attachment point here on the driver's side and we'll use the reverse pull method, where we'll slide the block onto the bolt leader first and then thread on the carriage bolt.

We'll feed the carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block and then pull them back over the access hole, creating our rear attachment point. We'll leave the bolt leader on as it will assist with getting the hitch up into the position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame. Now, we'll move over to the passenger side and repeat the same process with the rear attachment point and using the reverse pull method. Next, we're ready to put the hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you put it in position. We'll feed our pull wire through the attachment point. Be careful not to push your hardware back up into the frame for the forward attachment point on the driver's side. Then, once we have our hitch up to the frame, we can go ahead and install the 1/2" flange nut. Moving over to the passenger side, we'll remove the bolt leader, install the flange nut. For our forward attachment point, install the 12 mm bolt and conical tooth washer. Note that the teeth of the conical tooth washer should face the hitch. Now, we'll move over to the driver's side and we'll remove the bolt leader and install the 1/2" flange nut. Now, with all our hardware in place, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Next, we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. We'll go ahead and take the rear rubber isolators we removed from the exhaust and install them directly onto the exhaust hangers built into the hitch. And now we're ready to reinstall the exhaust. Once we have our exhaust reinstalled, we're now ready to hit the road. And that does it for the install of our CURT hitch, part number C12296, on our 2013 Ford Taurus. .

Customer Reviews

Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4" - C12296

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (10 Customer Reviews)

Perfect for light-duty towing, this custom, vehicle trailer hitch receiver features fully welded, gloss powder coated steel construction. Drawbar sold separately.

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by: Jack H.05/19/2014

Bought the hitch to use solely to carry a bike rack. When I saw I would have to fish three of the bolts and spacers through the frame I was a little intimidated. However after studying the instructions on using the fishing wire, it was really a snap. I completed the installation without even having to jack up the car! It took more time to clean out the one threaded weld than to fish the other three. This is my second Curt hitch. This one is on a 2010 Ford Taurus. The other on a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring. Both for bike racks. Both perfect fits. Shipping was free and quick. Highly recommend etrailer and this hitch. 131262


Great, no problems or complaints after first year.

Jack H - 05/20/2015


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by: Al G.08/21/2013

Hitch was shipped in a timely manner. Upon arrival, I installed on a 2013 Ford Taurus. Pretty straight forward. The pictures that can be found on eTrailers website accurately depicted the installation procedure. The hardest part was getting the fishing cable to the hole so I could fish the bolts to the correct holes. I like the way the hitch looks on the car. It is hidden and not really noticeable. I won't be able to give towing feedback as this hitch will only be used to carry bicycles. Good product and good company to do business. Would recommend eTrailer!! 96156

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by: jerryp.11/28/2015

I ordered the Curt Class 2 hitch for my 2012 Taurus to pull a motorcycle trailer and/or mount a bike rack. All the parts came in right on time and I had no problems with the installation, though If you can get a helper do so (pretty heavy). The installation video was very helpful. All the parts look like good quality and am very pleased that the hitch is barely visible. I also ordered the Curt wiring kit and that went in without a hitch. Har Har 232636

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by: Bobby S.12/18/2013

I love my new trailer hitch. It looks great on my ford Taurus. My wife was worried about it sticking out from the bumper but this hitch is a perfect fit ,barely visible .AND was so easy to install. 110338

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by: ENHSr07/09/2013

Came fast and everything in the box. Installed, looks great and well hidden and impossible to bump your shin on it. Now I am ordering a new rack from you guys. 88590

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by: Tom L.03/12/2013

Easiest hitch install I've ever done! Now I can haul my race kart to the track. Thanks etrailer! 70337


Works great. Thanks

comment by: Tom L - 03/12/2014


Thanks for coming back and following up with us!

Patrick B - 3/13/2014

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by: Gilby09/05/2013

Service was Fantastic. Shipped quickly, and was very easy to install, on my 2013 Ford Taurus, Very satisfied 98444

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by: Jeff W.01/06/2015

Curt Trailer Hitch is rock solid. I couldn't be happier! Thanks eTrailer! Jeff 167920

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by: Bill08/21/2015

Installed easy, video was very helpful. 220894

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by: James S10/11/2015

Awesome fit on my Taurus SHO. 229725


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  • Exhaust on 2011 Ford Taurus Rattles Against Trailer Hitch Going Over Bumps
  • The exhaust on any given vehicle could be able to move enough to make contact with a trailer hitch. If this happens there are some things that you can do to correct the issue. We have a help article on the subject that I have linked for you which includes the various ways that the issue can be resolved. If you go with Curt hitch # C12296 and plan on doing some towing then you can use ball mount # C45518. For a 1-7/8 inch ball use # 19256 and for a 2 inch ball use # 19258. And for trailer...
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  • How to Order Replacement Hitch Install Hardware for a Curt Hitch on a 2010 Ford Taurus
  • The part number for replacement hitch hardware is # RHK. You would need to enter the part number of the hitch you have in the box and then select Curt from the drop down menu and we will ship you out the correct hardware. For your 2010 Ford Taurus you would have either the # C12296 if the hitch opening is 1-1/4 or part # 13552 if the opening is 2 inch.
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Information for this part was:

Written by:
Lindsey S
Video by:
Joshua S
Test Fit:
Nicholas E
Video Edited:
Chris R

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Video Edited:
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