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This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.
Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.
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2000 - 2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
2000 - 2005 Buick LeSabre All Models
2006 - 2007 Buick Lucerne All Models
2008 - 2009 Buick Lucerne All Models except Super and Special
2004 - 2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP models
2000 - 2005 Pontiac Bonneville SE models
2000 - 2005 Pontiac Bonneville SLE models
Video of Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class II - 1-1/4"
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installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today we are going to be installing Draw-Tite hitch part number 36309 on a 2002 Buick LeSabre. This hitch application will also apply to the Hidden Hitch part number 90140. Okay, underneath the vehicle, we are going to go ahead and take a look at the frame rails and point out the mounting location for the trailer hitch. Looking at the passengers side frame rail, you can see we have got the exhaust here that is mounted to this bracket here at the end of the frame. We are going to need to lower that down. The weld nut that this bolt is attached to, which is holding our exhaust bracket on, is going to provide our rear-most attaching point for the trailer hitch. And that is going to be the same on both sides of the vehicle. Our more forward attaching point we are actually going to have to drill. So what we will do is put the hitch up in position with our rear-most attaching point, and then we will use the hitch as a template to drill the hole out on each side.
So the first thing we want to do is go ahead and lower the exhaust down here on the passengers side. Okay, you can see here on the drivers side, our weld nut has a lot of corrosion built up in there, and when we try to install our 10-millimeter bolt, it is not wanting to start at all. In fact, it almost seems like the bolt is too big. It is a common misconception, again, when the weld nut has got a lot of build-up in there. So, to go ahead and clean that out, we are going to use a spray lubricant, like a WD-40, and go ahead and soak that up, let it sit for a second. And then you can take a wire brush I am using actually the top of a battery terminal cleaner here. And just run that in there a few times. What that is going to do is help loosen up all that debris and road grime that is in there. And then you can repeat that process a few times. And then once we have got that all nice and loosened up, we can actually go ahead and take our bolt now, and we just need to get it started - use our ratchet or our air gun, and run it in and out a few times. And that will help to further clean it out. Now that we have got the weld nuts thoroughly cleaned out, we can go ahead and hang the hitch up by those weld nuts using, again, the new 10-millimeter hardware that is provided with our installation kit.
We are just going to snug these bolts up for the time being, just long enough to get our holes drilled out - because, at least here on the passengers side, we are going to need to bring this bolt back down, because our exhaust bracket is going to need to go back up. Next, we are going to go ahead and drill our holes out. I am going to start by using a 1/4-inch drill bit to drill a pilot hole, and then we are going to enlarge them to 1/2 inch. Okay, if you are having trouble over here on the passengers side trying to get your drill bit up around the exhaust, I recommend using an extra-long drill bit. Again, I am going to start off with a 1/4-inch and then use a 1/2-inch one after that. Now that we have got our holes drilled out, we want to fish our 1/2-inch carriage-bolt-and-block assembly in through the frame and down through the hole that we just drilled. To do that, the instructions state to enlarge one of these oblong holes here at the forward side of the frame to get our hardware in place. But on this particular model, we have actually got here on the side of the frame a very large access hole that we can use. Our hardware fits perfectly through there. So I am actually going to be using a 1/2-inch bolt leader here that we do sell here at etrailer.com, and I will feed it through the hole that we just drilled. And we will bring it out the access hole. Next we will take our block and feed in onto our bolt leader here, and then we will take our carriage bolt and wrap the threads of it with our bolt leader. And then we will just take and feed them through the hole. And we will be attaching that bolt with the lock washer and hex nut. Okay, and then we will repeat that procedure for the passengers side, as well.
Okay, next we want to take our exhaust bracket and remove it from the rubber hanger. What we will be using is, again, the new exhaust bracket, which is provided with the installation kit. What we are going to do is, the square hole is going to be fed onto the rubber hanger with the carriage bolt that is provided. We are just going to slide that through here, feed that through. And we will attach that with the locking flange nut that is provided, again, with the installation kit. We are going to tighten that down, but we want to make sure we do not overtighten. It is a lock nut, so it will stay in place. Okay, that should be good enough there. Again, we want it just enough where it is tight, but not too tight where it will not still allow the rubber hanger to rotate on its own. Next, we are going to go ahead and torque down our 1/2-inch carriage bolts. You want to check with your directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each of the individual bolts. And again, if you do happen to have a model that has dual exhaust, obviously you are going to want to repeat both of these procedures for both sides of the vehicle. Okay, now I am going to go ahead and pull the bolt back out of the rear-most attaching point. And we will go ahead and reinstall our exhaust. And we want the bracket where the carriage bolt is facing up, and then, obviously, this flat piece resting against the bottom of the hitch. What this is going to do is, it is going to provide the additional clearance we need to make sure that the exhaust system does not rattle against the hitch. Okay, and then we can go ahead and torque our 10-millimeter bolts down now. Okay, and now that we have got all our bolts torqued down, our installation is complete. This will conclude the installation of Draw-Tite hitch part number 36309 on a 2002 Buick LeSabre.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (17 Customer Reviews)This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.
by: Bill H01/18/2017
Installed on a 2005 Bonneville GXP. Car has dual exhaust out the rear. Had to lower both mufflers and also release the center exhaust pipe hanger to get enough room to swing the mufflers to the side to be able to drill the 2 additional holes. Install went very easy and I did it with the rear of the car on ramps by myself in about 90 minutes. Watch the video a couple of times to avoid my mistake of installing the new rear muffler hangers upside down which was an easy fix (pipes were hanging too low). Once I swung the brackets around so the ears were facing up towards the trunk floor, the pipes were back in their original position (which was in the video) and the job was done. Don't forget to get the wire spring to feed the bolt and backer bracket into the frame rail. These worked like a charm. Plan on towing a small trailer (5x8) with the car since my last car (93 Bonneville) was clobbered while parked and I needed another car to tow with and the car didn't have a hitch on it when I bought it. 333553
by: Wayne P10/26/2016
Purchased the hitch assembly for an 05 Pontiac Bonneville GXP...... shipped same day as ordered (or next day, but very quickly) and arrived 2nd day. The day it arrives, I get a message from etrailer telling me that it arrived AND "here are some helpful install videos that might help". The videos were exactly what I ordered on a similar car. They gave me hints on how to make the install easy (how to lower the mufflers and support while installing) and demonstrated the benefit of the Fish Wire (a $x life saver). Applied to my installation in every way. Everything went just as they demonstrated. Install was easy because I knew what to expect (thanks to the videos). Very satisfied. Good quality product, easy to order, EXCELLENT support. thank you ! 310962
by: Jerry L03/09/2017
The delivery was super fast. The installation was easy. I am very happy with the appearance. This is my third Hidden Hitch so I knew the hitch but the guest time I've used this company. The company was great to work with. I had one little glitch but that was my error. I superimposed two numbers on my zip code and so the Debit card was declined. They contacted me immediately and do the problem was quickly resolved. I most definitely recommend this company and Hidden Hitch. Oh, this Hitch was for a Buick, so appearance was of upmost importance. 350178
by: Steve P.07/31/2014
I called etrailer to make sure I was getting the right hitch. It was sent out the same day and got it on day 2. The installation was a piece of cake. There installation videos are a big help. I knew just what to expect with no surprises. I also ordered the 1/2" Bolt Leader used to fishwire bolts through the frame of vehicles. one nifty tool for only 95 cents. I would definitely buy from them again. Highly recommended. 143727
Review of Item 36309 - eTrailer: Excellent - Draw-Tite Hitch: Excellent - Instructions: Good to very good: there was some sort of electronic box (anti-lock controller?) blocking one of the frame rail access holes. I had to make my own. But, got it done. One suggestion: eTrailer should throw-in a bolt leader/fish wire at no extra cost as I didn't realize I needed one and struggled without it. 37325
by: Mike H.05/30/2011
I got a hitch for my 2007 Buick it installed quick and easy. I also ordered the wiring kit too. All parts came very quickly neatly packed with no damage to anything. The hitch installed just like the installation video showed. Very simple to do. The wiring harness also installed very easily. I'd like to thank, Brad E., George J., and Katie H., for a great on-line shopping experiance. 15705
by: CHARLIE D.01/11/2017
Just arrived. Took hitch out of box. Looking good. As soon as the weather gets more pleasing to the body. I will be installing it.. I see no problems in installing it. Installing a hitch isn't rocket science.. Service was great. 331793
by: Dwayne N.10/09/2011
I ordered this hitch on a Wednesday, it shipped that same day and arrived at my door on Friday. Unbelievable fast service. The installation instructions were very detailed and easy to follow. The installation of the hitch was a snap. 25315
by: Tom M.03/12/2011
I couldn't believe how quickly my order was shipped; less than 2 days! The hitch fit perfectly & the instructions were very good. Draw-Tite's website installation video was very helpful, as well. 9137
by: Rusty H03/07/2011
Products and prices are very good. Etrailer customer service and shipping is the BEST!!!! Very efficient and fast. 8694
by: Mike M06/19/2016
Shipped quickly, installed easily. . . and as indicated by installation video. 5 stars for eTrailer. 262526
by: Scott R.10/05/2011
instructions weren't quite right but able to correct Excellent shipping time 25108
by: Randy R09/13/2016
Hitch: good quality, easy to install, good value for the money 294385
by: Dennis Fisk12/20/2011
Product was dilivered in less than 24 hrs. Thanks 28358
by: Lou R04/17/2014
Fit great. Delivery was in time. Would use again 125696
by: Joseph M.03/16/2011
Got thje hitch in no time flat, Thank you 9469
by: Joe M.03/05/2014
Great company to work with. Great prices 118548
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