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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2000 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado we are gong to be installing Curt hitch part number 13322. Taking a look at the driver side frame rail we are going to point out the mounting holes that we are going to be using to install our trailer hitch. If you look here at the end of the frame rail you have an existing bolt, we are going to be removing this bolt and putting in new hardware, this will be our rear most attaching point. If we follow forward we have an existing hole, that is going to be our second mounting point. :25

Into those holes we are going to be adding a 1/2 inch carriage bolt along with a 1-1/2 by 2 inch carriage block. We are going to simply merge the two together and lay them inside the frame. That is going to be the same on both the driver and passenger side of the vehicle. This hitch also has two center mounted attachment points that is on the bottom side of the bumper there are two existing weld nuts there. Into those weld nuts we are going to be using the 14 millimeter bolt along with a conical tooth washers. :51

You can see this particular vehicle which you will find with most vehicles that have seen at least one winter has a lot of corrosion and rust built up into the weld nuts. We want to go ahead and clean those out thoroughly before we get started. To clean those out we want to use a spray lubricant like a WD-40 and a wire brush, one similar to the one we offer here at part number 814092. What we want to do is spray those down and take our wire brush and run it in there. then you can test fit your bolt once you clean them out just to make sure we do not have any resistance and they are ready to go. We also need to remove the existing bolts off the rear attachment points on the frame of the driver and passenger side. 1:35

With the bolts removed we can go ahead and put our hitch up in position. What we are going to do is hang the hitch from the carriage bolts first, we will be attaching the hitch to the carriage bolts using the 1/2 inch flange nuts provided with the installation kit. Then we will swing it up in position and attach to the weld nuts on the bumper second and come back to the weld nuts on the frame last. This order of operations should ensure that the hitch aligns up properly for us. Then we will come back through and tighten them down. With all our bolts in position and tightened down we want to go back through and torque them down. You want to check with the directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. With our bolts torqued down our installation is complete. 2:23

With our hitch installed we are going to give you a few final installed dimensions to help make choosing your hitch accessories a little easier. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 19 inches. To the center of the pin hole to clear the bumper is going to be approximately 2-3/4 inches. That will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13322 on a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado.

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