Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Saab 9-3

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Saab 9-3

Today we are going to install part number 11326 from Curt, and we are going to install this 1-1/4 inch receiver hitch on a 2005 Saab 9-3. First we will show you where the hitch mounts up on the frame. It is going to mount up on the side of the frame of the vehicle, and it is going to use an existing hole in the frame. This will be our access hole right here where we install our hardware. Looking at the drivers side, it is going to use this tie-down hook right here as an attachment point also. The last catch point is actually going to be on the bumper panel, which is hidden behind this plastic valance panel here. As you can see, we have got it marked out because we had to cut this section out so we can install the hitch. And then the hitch will come down from here.

So we will go ahead and take down the panel. We will take two bolts out. We will pull it down, and then we will start making our cuts. All right, now we can flex it down and use our tinsnips to make all the cuts we need. Then we will take a knife edge and we will just go across there and flex it, and then we can just break it off. Then these edges, we can just take some sandpaper and just clean those up, so that is no problem. This is the center tab here that the hitch bolts onto, the center attachment, and that is why we had to make a cutout for the hitch so 1 it can come down and 2 we have access to that. This is the hole we are going to use for our hardware. We will just put our wire tool that came with the kit out our access hole, put the lock in, thread on our bolt, pop it in and back out. At this point we can go ahead and start installing the hitch on the vehicle.

We will just attach the hitch first off by the bolt we just installed in the frame. This should help to support it and then we will work it in behind the bumper. When you install your hitch, make sure you get it over the top of the tow loop, not on the bottom. It has to be like this right here. What is going to happen is, this plate is going to go on the bottom like so. Run the bolt through, and then our flange nut goes on top. I am going to leave everything loose so we can still move our hitch around and get the center bolt set. All right, next we install our hardware for the center attachment here. There are two different sizes. This is going to be a 7/16, and this is going to be a 3/8 bolt. You can use the wire pull on that one too. Once you have all your hardware in, you can go ahead and start snugging down the bolts. Then go ahead and torque down the bolts as specified in the instructions. All right, next we can go ahead and put our fascia back into place. After finishing off with the fascia, your install is complete. And there you have it for part number 11326 from Curt.

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