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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Toyota Highlander

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Installation of a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Toyota Highlander


Alright, today on this 2011 Toyota Highlander we are going to install part number 13534 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. Next we will give you some measurements that will help you out in ing some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is going to be 15 inches. And then from the center of the hitch pin to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be about 2 inches. The first thing we need to do on the bottom of this vehicle is remove some of the splash panels that are underneath there. There is one on each side of the vehicle. We will go ahead and remove those first. The passenger side will be reinstalled at the end of the install and the driver side will remain removed. Alright, now there are a variety of fasteners we need to remove. There is a plastic fastener here and it looks like there are some bolts that hold the rest of it in place. Maneuver it a little bit until it pops out. Now we will go over to the driver side and remove that one as well. We will go ahead and work this out. 1:44

Alright, today on this 2011 Toyota Highlander we are going to install part number 13534 from Curt. This is what the hitch looks like when it is installed on the vehicle. Next we will give you some measurements that will help you out in ing some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground is going to be 15 inches. And then from the center of the hitch pin to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be about 2 inches. The first thing we need to do on the bottom of this vehicle is remove some of the splash panels that are underneath there. There is one on each side of the vehicle. We will go ahead and remove those first. The passenger side will be reinstalled at the end of the install and the driver side will remain removed. Alright, now there are a variety of fasteners we need to remove. There is a plastic fastener here and it looks like there are some bolts that hold the rest of it in place. Maneuver it a little bit until it pops out. Now we will go over to the driver side and remove that one as well. We will go ahead and work this out. 1:44

Now we have the hitch up here. And you can see how it sits on the sealant that is around the edge of the frame here. We will go ahead and remove the hitch and clean that out a little bit so it sits up against the frame. And we will just use a gasket scraper to help scrape away the excess stuff. With this stuff out of the way, it will make it a lot easier to line up the bolts that go in the side of the frame as well. We will go ahead and loosely install the rest of the fasteners. It does not really line up right off the bat so you have to move the hitch around to help line it up. That is why you leave everything loose. Now you may need to move the hitch back just a little bit to get this threaded in. So, even though it is loose, you probably have to push back a little bit and pry. We are just going to use a prybar and just kind of wedge it between the hitch right here and the back of the bumper mount. And just kind of push it back. You can see how it moves. 4:00

Alright, let us go over to the driver side and we install the remaining fasteners over there. Now this one is just a hair off. And this is another good reason to keep everything as loose as possible. However, if it does not seem to move enough, you can take a wooden block, put it against the spare tire and take something to pry with and you can move the hitch over to make it a little bit easier. And you may have to apply pressure and then put the bolt in. With all of the bolts started, go ahead and snug them all down. And then we will go ahead and torque the bolts as specified in the instructions. Alright, now we can go ahead and put the splash guard back into place. OK and with that that will finish our install. And there you have it for part number 13534 from Curt.



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