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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Chrysler Town and Country

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Town and Country


Today we are going to be installing part number 87451 on a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. We are over here on the drivers side frame rail, and there are three attaching points: one there, one there, one there. So we are going to need to remove all three of these bolts. All the hardware for the hitch is actually already in the frame of the vehicle so there is going to be no bolt kit that comes with the hitch. Again, it is this one, this one, and this one that need to be removed. And if we go over here to the passengers side, we are going to have to go ahead and take the exhaust off the hanger to access the passengers side bolts. You can kind of see there is one toward the rear here near the bumper, and then one a little bit more forward, as well. We need to remove those bolts.

The first thing is go ahead and remove the exhaust off the rubber hanger here. That is going to give us a little bit more room to get the bolts out of the frame. We are going to go ahead and remove the bolts from the frame now. On some models on the drivers side, here, there is a plastic mud flap that will need to be removed. This particular model does not have that in place. With the bolts removed from the frame we can go ahead and put the hitch up into position.

Make sure on the passengers side to get the hitch up and over the exhaust. And the hitch can kind of sit on the exhaust itself to hold it in position while you put the other side up. You just want to hand tighten the bolts at this time. OK, with the hitch hand tightened up into position, we want to go ahead and push the hitch all the way over to the drivers side as far as possible to allow for maximum clearance with the exhaust over here on the passengers side. And with the hitch shoved all the way over, we can go ahead and tighten our bolts down. With all the bolts tightened down, we can go ahead and torque the bolts down. The smaller M10 bolts get torqued to 53 foot pounds, and the larger M12 bolts get torqued to 92 foot pounds. OK, with the bolts torqued down, we just want to go ahead and put the exhaust back up on its hanger and that will conclude the installation. And, with the exhaust hanger reattached, the installation is complete, and this will conclude our installation of number 87451 on a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country.


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I have a receiver hitch for a 2008 Town and Country van and am wondering what other years and cars this receiver will work for.

comment by: Larry E - 03/10/2012


It will probably fit a selection of Town and Country and Grand Carvan mini-vans. If you can send me the part # of the hitch, I can get you a definite list of all the years and models it will fit. The part # should be on the flanges on the ends of the hitch.

Patrick B - 04/10/2012
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