Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Ford Crown Victoria

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria

Today on this 2003 Ford Crown Victoria we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 13707. We are underneath the vehicle and we are taking a look at the driver side frame rail. You can see there is really not much going on at the bottom of the frame We are actually going to have to take the hitch and clamp it up into position. We are going to use it as a template to drill out all four holes that we are going to be using to attach the hitch to the frame. This particular vehicle has some grounding clips that attach here at the end of the frame rail that we want to remove before we clamp the hitch up into position. 00:28

When aligning the hitch on the frame before we clamp it we basically want the end of the hitch to be about an inch off the end of the frame rail. Obviously you want it centered as much as possible. What I did is actually take the rear edge of the hitch and we wanted it to be pretty much even with the outside of the frame and that centers up our holes pretty well. With the hitch centered up I am actually going to take a marker and just mark the holes. With those marked out I am going to take the hitch back down and then we will drill out our holes. When drilling the holes I am going to start with a 1/ 4 inch pilot hole and then enlarge with 1/ 2 inch. 01:03

With our holes drilled we can start fishing our blocks and carriage bolts into the frame. At the rear location you can just set them into position. Then for the forward drilled hole we are going to be using the same block and carriage bolt combination however we are going to need to fish these into position using the provided bolt leader. We will take the threaded end of the bolt leader through the drilled hole and out the large hole here at the forward side of the frame. We will take the block and slide it onto the bolt leader. Then we will take the carriage bolt and wrap the threads of the bolt leader around the threads of the carriage bolt and just take the other end of the bolt leader and pull those into position. You want to repeat that setup for the passenger side and then we will put the hitch back up into position. 01:52

We are going to be attaching the carriage bolts to the hitch using the hitch and the 1/ 2 inch flanged nut. Depending on your application you may need to put some spacer blocks in between the hitch and the frame to not only level out the hitch but to clear the bumper at the end. You can check and verify with your directions for your particular model to see if that is necessary. For this particular vehicle we do not need to put in the spacer blocks in place. With the hardware in position we can torque our bolts down. You want to verify with the directions the specific torque rating for each of the bolts. You want to make sure that if you have a grounding strap to your exhaust make sure you put that back into position. With all of our bolts torqued down our installation is complete. Now that we have got our hitch installed we are going to give you a couple of dimensions that are going 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 10-7/ 8 inches. From the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is going to measure approximately 6-1/ 2 inches. This will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 13707 on a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria.

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