Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Honda Element

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How to Install a Hitch with Minor Drilling on a Honda Element


Okay we are going to do an install on a Honda element using part number 24720. We will take out all the spare tire and the plastic so we can actually do the install. Okay we will go ahead and clean out the trunk area and then get down to the spare tire and take that apart. What well do next is tighten this down just enough to snug it to hold it in place, and then well see where to drill or holes out using the hitch as a template.

We will use the hitch as a template to drill or holes, so well just use a drill and let the hitch do the work for us, we will punch right through this thin metal with a half-inch bit. Now we are back inside the vehicle here, we will go ahead and apply sealant to the holes to keep exhaust fumes from coming into the cabin. We will put a simple circle around it then put the bolts through and then go back underneath and start tightening them down. All right, now we will go tighten them back up.

Well take our torque wrench and torque these down, and these down to their proper torque settings and that will pretty much be it. When we torque these bolts down sometimes it might help to have an assistant use an adjustable wrench or nice set of adjustable pliers to hold the blocks in place while we torque them down. We got a guy on top holding them down and we will go ahead and torque them. And that pretty much covers it for the install of that hitch


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