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2008 Toyota Highlander Trailer Hitch


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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Toyota Highlander


Today on this 2008 Toyota Highlander we will be installing Curt hitch part number 13534. We are underneath the Highlander and we are going to point out the mounting location for the trailer hitch. Before we do that though we need to remove a couple of the under body panels that are preventing us from gaining access to those mounting points. Starting over here on the driver side holding it into place we have four Phillips head screws and two push rivets that are going to need to come out in order to remove this piece. Then over here on the passenger side panel we have got two Phillips head screws, one push rivet, and one hex head bolt that is attaching it to the frame. To remove the push rivets that we have in place, we just take a flat head screwdriver, it into this inner piece here until it releases and just pull that right out of there. 01:00

The cover on the driver side will not be reinstalled once the hitch is in position however the passenger side cover will be. With both of the covers removed looking over at the driver side frame rail and the first thing we want to do again is to remove the tow hook from both the driver and passenger sides. These are going to provide the two bottom of the frame attaching sides for both sides of the vehicle. Over on the driver side we have got a third attaching point on the bottom of the frame and that is going to be right here and you can see right now you have got a rubber plug in place. You want to pull that out. There is an existing weld nut underneath there. Over on the passenger side we have got the two attaching points at the bottom of the frame. We are also going to have attaching points on the side of the frame, this is the outboard side. You can see we have got three rubber plugs that we need to remove. 02:06

We are actually going to be using the two outer most ones as our attaching points, the forward one and the rear most one. With all of the attaching points pointed out we can start putting the hitch up into position. We are going to be using the 10 millimeter bolts along with the conical tooth washers that are provided with our hitch installation kit. You want to make sure on the passenger side that we go up and over the exhaust. With all of our bolts in place now we can torque them down. You want to verify with the directions the torque ratings for each of the bolts. I am going to start by torquing the bolts at the bottom of the frame first and then we will move on to the ones on the side of the frame. With the bolts torqued down we just want to replace this passenger side fascia panel that we removed earlier. With our hitch installed we can give you a couple of final dimensions. From the ground to the top of the receiver tube opening is going to measure 14-3/ 8 inches. From the center of the pin hole to the clear edge of the bumper is approximately three inches. With that, that will conclude the installation of hitch part number 13534 from Curt on a 2008 Toyota Highlander.

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