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Trailer Hitch Installation - 1999 Ford Crown Victoria

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria

Today we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 13707 on a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria. OK, underneath the vehicle, we are going to go ahead and point out the mounting locations for the trailer hitch. There is an opening right here at the end of the frame rail that we can use to actually - we are going to take some C-clamps and clamp the hitch up into place. Then we can go ahead and drill our holes out, using the hitch as a template. The vehicle does have these ground clips at the end of the frame we want to go ahead and remove those before we get started, and we will put them back up once the installation is complete.

A couple of things to look for so that you know that the hitch is properly centered on the frame rail. The forwardmost hole you want to be as close to dead center on the frame rail as you can. Then at the rearmost hole, you pretty much want the end of the trailer hitch to be about an inch back off the end of the frame rail. You can kind of step back and take a look at your receiver tube just to ensure that it is centered on the vehicle and not crooked at all, and then you can go ahead and drill the holes out. We are going to start by using a 1/4-inch pilot hole, and then we will enlarge it to the 1/2-inch. And we just want to do that for all four hole locations. Go ahead and wallow it out a little bit. Just run it through there just to ensure that when you fish wire it that it does not get caught up. OK, with the holes drilled out, we can go ahead and fish our bolts into the frame and pull them into position. We are going to use the bolt leader that is provided in the installation kit. We are going to take and feed it through the forwardmost hole and fish that down to the large opening here at the forward side of the frame.

Then we are going to take one of the carriage blocks and carriage bolts and put the block onto the bolt leader, followed by the carriage bolt, which we are going to wrap the bolt leader around the threads. We are just going to take and pull that into position and down into place. And then here at the rearmost hole that we drilled you should be able to just manually put the block and bolt into place. If not, you can use the bolt leader there, as well. Put that down into place. We are going to do the same thing on the drivers side. And then we can go ahead and put the hitch back up into position. You will note that you will need to use some spacers in between the frame and the hitch, depending on your vehicle. On this particular vehicle, we are just going to need to put one here at the rear attaching point, and we should need one here at the forward side. You want to be careful when you are putting the hitch up into position not to push the bolts up into the frame.

OK, now that we have got the bolts up into position and the nuts on, we can go ahead and torque the bolts down. You want to check with your directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each of the individual bolts. And with the bolts torqued, we just want to make sure we put our ground clips back on the frame rail, and our installation is complete. This will conclude the installation of hitch part number 13707 on a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria.

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