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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Toyota Camry

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Toyota Camry


Today we are going to be installing Curt hitch part number 12343 on a 2009 Toyota Camry. We are underneath the vehicle now, and I am going to go ahead and point out the mounting location for the trailer hitch before we get started. As you can see here on the passengers side, we have got the main exhaust. There are three bolts here at the bottom of the frame holding the exhaust bracket on. We are going to to need to remove those, and the hitch is actually going to go up in that same mounting location, using those same three holes. It is also going to use the weld nut here on the vertical flange here, nearest the bumper. You can see we have a reinforcing bracket that we are going to need to remove there are three bolts to take that off. The attaching points, again, on the drivers side, we are going to be using this same vertical flange. We are going to use this existing weld nut, and this one as well. This one you can see is covered by tape, so we are going to need to remove that first. And then this tab on the outboard side of the frame as well. And again, I am just cutting out the sticker to expose the weld nut and the frame. Some of these exposed weld nuts might have a considerable amount of corrosion in them. If that is the case, you want to go ahead and spray them down with some sort of lubricant, and maybe get a wire brush in there to clean them out really well before you get started.

All right, and with all the bolts removed from the frame and all the weld nuts thoroughly cleaned out, we can go ahead and put the hitch up into position. We want to go ahead and start by just using the holes in the bumper flange first, just put the bolts loosely in there, because on the passengers side we are going to need to put the exhaust up with the hitch as well. And what we want to do is just to sandwich the bracket. And then we want to go back through and torque each individual bolt. And you do want to check with your instructions to verify the specific torque rating for each individual bolt. OK, and with all the bolts torqued down, we just want to go ahead and make sure we refasten the forward hangers on the exhaust, and our installation will be complete. And this will conclude the installation of Curt hitch part number 12343 on a 2009 Toyota Camry.


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Bernie 02/04/2014

My 2007 Camry Hybrid has a plastic panel under the drivers side that covers from the wheel well to the bumper and from quarter panel to the gas tank. This panel must be removed to install a trailer hitch. The videos say nothing about it. 2708

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Patrick B 02/10/2014

Not all Camry models will have that plastic trim panel. The Camry in the video was also not a Hybrid model. That fascia can either be left off the vehicle, or trimmed to fit around the hitch and be re-installed after the hitch installation is complete. 1971




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