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Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Installation - 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe

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How to Install the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch on a 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe


Hi there Santa Fe owners. Today, your 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install CURT's class III two inch trailer hitch receiver. So, it's gonna be great for all of your towing needs. And you really only see the receiver here at the back because the cross tube is up a little bit higher and it stays nicely hidden behind the rear of the bumper here. You'll secure your accessories to your hitch using a 5/8 inch hitch pin and clip. Now, one doesn't come included with the hitch but we've got plenty available here at etrailer, and I'd also recommend getting locking ones to protect your investments.

On the bottom, we have plate style safety chain loops with a very large opening that should accommodate just about every shape, size, and style of safety chains. Our small guy here goes on and off very easily, and our big guy also doesn't have any problem. This hitch offers a 600 pound tongue weight, which is the force going down on top of our receiver. And 600 pounds is enough for a four-bike platform rack fully loaded up. And it's also enough for the largest cargo carrier that we have here at etrailer fully loaded up to the max.

So, you can get a lot of gear on the back of your vehicle, freeing up room for more passengers or more gear. It also features a 4,000 pound gross towing capacity, which is how much that it can pull behind it. And with 4,000 pounds, if you've got a small boat, you should be able to bring that with you. Maybe like a pop-up camper, or even some really tiny campers, you could probably bring with you. Utility trailers are also gonna be useful with this.

If maybe you got a zero turn mower that you need to get a little bit of work done or something, you can bring that to a few yards and make a little money as well. Now, I do wanna recommend that you verify in your vehicle's owner's manual and ensure that you don't exceed any of its towing capacities. Now, I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on your accessories. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, we're right at about four inches. And this is important when determining if your accessories will contact the bumper when inserted into the receiver, and if you can place them in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.

And from the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube, we're right at about 14 1/2 inches. And this is important when determining if you need a drop, or rise, or a raise shank on your accessories. Now, that we've covered some of the features of this hitch, why don't you follow along with me in the shop and we'll show you how to get it installed. It is a fairly easy hitch to install. We will have to lower the exhaust down a little bit over here on the passenger side to be able to get our hardware in place. But I would say this is something you can do in your driveway in less than an hour. We'll begin our installation here by lowering down our exhaust. There's one thing I wanted to point out though, our vehicle does not have a spare tire, but if your vehicle did have a spare tire, you would wanna lower that down first. You can find that information in your owner's manual and your tools should be located here in the back. So, ours isn't here. We just don't even have the mechanism whatsoever, so we're just gonna be skipping right beyond that to our exhaust here. The exhaust, we're gonna put a strap in place first. So that way, we don't lower the exhaust down further than what could potentially damage it. So, we're gonna just put this in place and pull that up. So that way, it has a little bit of support there. We're now gonna remove the hangers that hold the exhaust in place. You'll find one hanger here at the rear. On the other side of our muffler, there's one located here as well. And then if we head to the center of the vehicle, there's one right here near our strap. So, we're gonna remove all three of these. To do that, we'll use a little bit of silicone spray. Just put some of that on there. Gonna help to put a little bit on each side. That'll help loosen it up to make it easier to pop off of there. And then we're just gonna pop it off of there with a pry bar. There's a couple of ways you could do it. If you can find something that you could actually pry against to pry it off, go for it. But you don't always have that luxury, so if you just take it and put your end of your pry bar towards the bottom and just give it a good push, in most cases, you can just pop it off of there just like that. And the furthest rear one's easy to just pry off like this. So, now that we've got all those loose, we'll head back to our hanger here. Just give a little bit of support to the exhaust. And we're just gonna lower it down some to give us some room to work. And that should be good enough right there. On the opposite side from our exhaust, we have a under shield here that needs to get out of our way. There are some pushpins here on the bottom. Looks like we got about three of them there. We'll use our flat-bladed screwdriver to go in there. You're gonna see there's little tiny notches, about four of them in a plus shape. Just pick one of those, push your screwdriver in and give it a little bit of a twist. And that'll pop the head out, and you can just pull the rest of it right out of there. And looks like that one there's not attached. That's what I was just checking to see if that's attached, it's not. There are two nuts still that are attached up here. You'll need a 14 millimeter socket to remove those. We're gonna put it on the plastic nut that's up there. And these plastic nuts don't really like to unthread very well, so we're gonna put just very minor downward pressure to assist it coming off. Same thing with this one over here. And then we can set this aside. Now, to get that cover out of the way, on the bottom of our frame here, you'll have a plastic, just a plug covering up one of the holes. We're just gonna take our flat blade screwdriver, get underneath that and pop that out of there. You'll have one on the other side in the same location. We're gonna remove that one as well. And before we continue installing our hitch, I just wanted to take a pause for one second. When we removed that panel that was over here on the passenger side, this wiring that you see here, this is your factory connector for your trailer wiring. So, if you wanted to add like a four-pole connector for lights for your, for a trailer or anything like that, this is where it's located. And I'd recommend installing it while you're down here cause it's, you're kind of right, already right there. You can get custom-fit kits here at etrailer that'll plug right into this. And we're about ready to lift our hitch up, but before we do so, it's easier if you have your hardware prepared. So, take each bolt, take a conical tooth washer and place it on it with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt. We'll have six bolts prepared like this. Now, with an extra set of hands, we'll lift it into position. And then you go up over the exhaust first on the passenger side. Then we're gonna lift up our hitch, take the hardware that we prepared and thread a bolt right into the bottom of the frame. Once we get one started on each side, the hitch will hold itself into position, and it'll make it easier to install the rest of your hardware. The rest of our bolts and insert them into the side. They go through the holes in our hitch and right into the side of the frame from the inside of the vehicle towards the outside. Try this one first. And we'll repeat that for the other bolt, and then we'll go over to the other side and do the same thing. We can now go back and tighten down and torque our hardware. We're gonna start on the bottom, and we're using a 19 millimeter socket to do so. And then we can get our side bolts. We can then go back and torque our hardware to the specifications outlined in our instructions. So, now that we've got our hitch all tightened down, we can go ahead and reinstall the components that we had removed. So, just raise your exhaust back up. I'm gonna put a little bit of spray onto the hanger there just to make it slide into place a little easier. We're just lifting it. And then, just by hand, just pushing it right back into place. We're gonna do that with the rest of the hangers here. A little bit of spray to make it easier, and then just pull it over. I have to lift it up a little and just slide it right on. We can now go ahead and take our strap down and set that aside. And now, if you have wiring that you're planning on installing, this is the perfect opportunity to install it. Before we reinstall the panel here, you can install that. Run your wiring down towards your hitch here. Zip tie it as necessary to keep it all clean. And then we'll put this panel back up here. Our customer doesn't have any wiring today, so we're not gonna be installing it, but I just wanted you to know how easy it is and it's right there for you. So, while you're doing this, you can go ahead and do that. To reinstall the panel, I'd simply push this back into place. You don't need to tighten down those nuts. Being plastic, they just push on. And then just reinstall your pushpin fasteners in the location that you removed them. And that completes our installation of CURT's class III two inch trailer hitch receiver on our 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe..


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