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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Today on this 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 series we will be installing Curt hitch part number 13322. The first thing we want to do in preparation to installing our trailer hitch is removing the spare tire and getting it out of the way. With the spare tire removed we can go ahead and take a look at the drivers side frame rail. :18

We have an existing bolt at the end of the frame that we are going to remove and replace with new hardware, and that will provide our rearmost attaching point. Just forward of the cross member we have an existing hole that will provide our forward most attaching point on the bottom of the frame. On the bumper itself we actually have two existing weld nuts that we are going to also use. Just left and right of the hitch ball hole we have these existing weld nuts. :42

So first I am going to go ahead and remove the bolts from the end of the frame rail on both sides of the vehicle. And again, these bolts are going to be replaced by the new 14 millimeter bolts that are provided in the hardware kit. Next we are going to out the block and the 1/ 2 inch carriage bolt, set it on top of the frame, ping the bolt down through the existing hole in the frame that we pointed out earlier. Okay with that hardware in place I am going to go ahead and put the hitch up into position, fastening it to those carriage bolts using the flanged hex nut that is provided with the installation kit. Then next I am going to go to the weld nuts in the bumper and put the new 14 millimeter bolts into those weld nuts. Depending of the age of your vehicle you may find that you have some rust or corrosion built up in these weld nuts. If this is the case you want to go ahead and clean those out throughly before you attempt to install your hardware. 1:35

Okay we will go to the weld nuts on the frame and start installing the hardware there. With all fasteners in place we can go ahead and tighten these bolts up. And then we will come back through and torque them down to their specified torque rating. You want to make sure you torque each one of the bolts to their specified torque rating as listed in the instructions. With all the bolts torqued down we just want to make sure we put our spare tire back up into place and our installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13322 on a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 series.

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