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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Acura MDX

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Acura MDX

Today on this 2006 Acura MDX, we are going to install Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75599. This installation will also apply for the Hidden Hitch part number, 87454. We are underneath the vehicle, looking at the passenger side frame rail. I am going to go ahead and point out the mounting holes that we are going to be using to install the trailer hitch. As you can see here, we have three existing weld nuts here at the end of the frame, we will be using these three as our attaching points for our trailer hitch. :24

Into those weld nuts, we are going to be installing 12 millimeter bolts along with the conical tooth washers that are provided with our hitch installation kit. The weld nuts on this particular vehicle have a lot of corrosion built up on them, so we are going to need to clean them out before we get started. To do that we are going to use a spray lubricant, like a WD-40, and a wire brush to thoroughly clean those out. Moving over to the drivers side, we are going to be using the same three weld nuts, however you can see that on this side of the vehicle we have a tow hook that is installed. So, we will need to remove these three bolts first and remove the tow hook. :57

Since this side has bolts inside the weld nuts, they should be fairly clean still. However, if you are noticing corrosion, you may want to clean them out as well. Then we will also need to lower the exhaust off its hangers to make the hitch installation a little easier. We are going to need to go up and over the exhaust with the trailer hitch. Before we remove all the hangers we want to but a support strap across the exhaust tubes here at the forward side because, when we remove all the hangers the exhaust will want to sag down and could possibly become damaged. I am going to use a basic ratchet strap here, and hook it to the suspension components underneath the vehicle. To help remove the rubber hangers, I am going to use a spray lubricant again, like a WD-40, and just want to spray the studs down. Then you can take a pry bar and pry off the rubber hanger away from the stud. One last thing we need to do before we install our trailer hitch is to remove the fascia under covering her on this Acura MDX. 2004 and newer models will have this fascia underneath that needs to be removed. To remove the fascia covering we need to remove three push pins. One at the drivers side, one at the center, and one on the passenger side. As well as the four screws that are holding it in place. We will also need to remove the center holder as well, there is a bolt mounting it to the bottom of the bumper to that needs to be removed to accomplish this. 2:54

Now that we have the fascia cover removed we can put the hitch up in position. If you are having difficulty getting the hitch up and around the exhaust and the spare tire, you may need to lower the spare tire down. You may find that when you are putting the hitch up into position that you can not get it enough rear ward, that could be because of these fascia support brackets that are mounted on the driver and passenger sides. If that is the case, you can take them and bend them enough to get your bolts in, and then we can bend them back down into place once we get the hitch installed. Now that we have the bolts into place we can torque them down. You want to check with the directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. With the bolts torqued down, we just want to go ahead and put our exhaust back u p on its hangers. You may be able to get two of the fascia fasteners back into place on the fascia support brackets by the push pins at the end to give it a little more security. Put the exhaust back in place as well as your spare tire if you lowered that and your installation will be complete. I am going to give you a couple of final dimensions that you may find useful in ing you hitch accessories. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to be 17 inches. From the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper is approximately 5 inches. This will conclude the installation of Draw-Tite hitch part number 75599 on a 2006 Acura MDX.

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