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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 Draw-Tite hitch part number 36416 on a 2009 Toyota Camry. This hitch installation will also apply for Hidden Hitch part number 90152. OK, the first thing we want to do is to open up the trunk. And we need to remove our spare tire, because we will be drilling some holes through the spare tire well. As you can see here on the passengers side, we are going to need to actually lower the exhaust. You want to go ahead and use a strap or something to hold the exhaust up, because once you remove the final hanger, it will considerably. We are also going to go to the forward side of the exhaust. We need to remove the exhaust off the rubber hangers here, and here as well. You can see we have a reinforcing bracket that we are going to need to remove. And with the exhaust lowered and the brackets removed, we can go ahead and point out the mounting location for the trailer hitch. We have got two weld nuts here in this bumper flange that we are going to go ahead and use as two of the attaching points on each side. Once we get the hitch mounted into these weld nuts, there are two tabs that are going to be going into the spare tire well - which, we are are going to use the hitch as a template and drill holes through there. Then next, we want to go ahead and remove the two fascia clips here at the bottom of the bumper. When we mount the hitch, it will allow the cross tube to go up and behind the bumper.

Go ahead and put the hitch up into position. Now we want to go ahead and hand tighten those down. All right, I am at a point where I am getting ready to finalize the hand tightening of the bolts. The hitch arms are actually angled down off of the trunk pan. Before I go ahead and tighten those, I want to actually take the hitch and push it up against the trunk pan, and then go ahead and finish tightening them down. That will allow it to lay flat against the trunk pan so we can use the hitch as a template and drill our holes. Now we can go ahead and drill our two 1/2-inch holes through the trunk pan. Now we want to go back inside the trunk and put our hardware down through the trunk pan, and we will fasten it here at the bottom. But, before we do that, I want to go ahead and loosen up the bolts in the bumper flange again, just a little bit, because we do want to put spacer blocks in between the hitch and the trunk pan.

We are inside the trunk well now, and you can see the holes that we drilled. At this point we are going to go ahead and put our hex bolt and block into position and it through the hole. But, before we do that, we need to actually scrape out this rubber foam enough to clear the complete edges of the block so that it sits flush, metal to metal, with the trunk pan. Now we can go back underneath the vehicle, add our lock washer and nut, and then we will torque everything down. If the bolts start spinning, you might need a second set of hands to put a wrench on the hex bolt inside the trunk. OK, with all the fasteners in place, we can go ahead and just torque our bolts down. You want to check with your directions to verify the appropriate torque rating for each individual bolt. OK, and with the bolts torqued down, our hitch installation is completed. We want to make sure that put the fasteners back into the bottom of the fascia supports. You also want to make sure that you reinstall all the exhaust hangers that were removed earlier, as well as reinstalling the spare tire into the spare tire well. And this will conclude the installation of hitch part number 36416 from Draw-Tite, as well as hitch part number 90152 from Hidden Hitch, on a 2009 Toyota Camry.

Richard B.


hi i just recvd the 36416 bu a piece of metal is sticktoit out the cardboard box. i dont know what condition it is in or if it is damaged. just letting you know. i wont be installing till the weather warms up here. thanks

Les D.


You should open the box now and inspect it for any damage or need for return. You can find our returns policy at the link below. If you do need help with a return you can contact our Customer Service Team at 1-800-298-8924.



My question is: I have a 2008 Toyota Camry LE. I like that the part number 12343 is no drilling but I am not sure if I am able to use that one or part number 36416 or part number 90152. NEED HELP!! Thanks......

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