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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid

Today on this 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid we are going to install part number 13650 from Curt. First step is to lower the exhaust so we have a little more access. Basically, there is going to be one bolt that the exhaust covers up. We are going to lower it right now and get it out of the way, so we will not have any problems when we need to tighten it up. We are going to spray the hangers down with some lubricant and pry them off. :26

Now we can show you the attaching points we will be using on the frame of the vehicle. The hitch will be using this hole and this hole on the side of the frame. And also this hole here at the bottom of the frame. It is going to be identical on both sides of the vehicle. :47

Looking at the passenger side of the vehicle, we are going to start installing the hardware. First off, we are going to use our bolt leader, push it through the hole we are going to use, and lead it through the access hole which is at the very back of the frame right here. First, we will take our block, and push that into the frame, and then we will thread on our bolt, push everything inside, and move everything around until you pull it out of the bottom. Next we will repeat the same process back over on the driver side. We are almost ready to install the hitch, the one thing I want to point out is that this one block here is going to be placed between the hitch and the frame right here. It may be a good idea to tape this to the hitch, and then put everything together. 1:31

Lets go ahead and install the hitch, it is a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help hold it up, since it is a little awkward to hold the hitch up and thread the bolt through. On the bottom we will install a conical tooth washer and nut. On the driver side, push it around the arms and push up. We are not going to tighten the two bolts we just installed, we are going to leave them looks because we need the ability to move the hitch around to line up the two holes in the frame. If you can not get these to quiet line up you can use a large screw driver and take it and push it in there and manipulate the hitch over a little bit more and give it some leverage to push it over more. We will do a quick test fit with the bolt, we are good. Lets go ahead and pull our hardware through. We will install our conical tooth washer and the nut on the bolt. Now that we have all our bolts installed, lets snug them down and then go back and torque them down as specified in the instructions. Now we can go ahead and reinstall our exhaust. 2:58

Now that we have the vehicle off the lift we will give you a couple measurements on the hitch that will help you get a better idea of what accessories to for our vehicle. On this particular vehicle, from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 16-5/8th inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is approximately 1-1/2 inches. That will finish our install of part number 13650 from Curt on a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid.

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