etrailer Trailer Hitch Inststallation - 2020 Kia Sorento

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How to Install the etrailer Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Kia Sorento

Ryan: Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today, on our 2020 Kia Sorento, we are going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Class Three two-inch Trailer Hitch Receiver. The Sorentos, being really versatile SUVs, you are going to want a hitch that can stand up to the task you are going to put it through. So whether you plan on doing some towing or using your hitch for accessories, like a bike rack or cargo carrier, this one is going to get the job done for you.And even though it is somewhat visible, it does sit a little bit further back and kind of blends in. And that is partly due to the carbide, matte-black finish.The hitch is going to give us some pretty good clearance.

And what I mean by that is the end of the receiver tube is going to sit just behind the bumper. So if you do plan on using some folding accessories, you really shouldn't have any issues whenever it comes to clearance, as far as them being stored in the upright position, contacting your bumper. With this being a Class Three hitch, it is going to have a two-inch by two-inch receiver tube opening. That is a really common size and many different accessories will fit perfectly with this hitch. This is going to have a reinforced collar for extra strength, and in my opinion, I think it looks pretty good too.

It is going to have the standard 5/8-size pin hole. I do want to mention a pin and clip does not come included, but if you need one, you can find it here at etrailer.One thing I really do like is the safety chain openings. They are very large and out of the way of your pin and clip. Really easy to get to. You shouldn't have any issues at all using just about any size hook.Now, as far as the hitch's weight capacities go, it is going to have a 750-pound maximum gross tongue weight rating.

So, that is going to be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. And that is a really high number. So you should be able to use any bike rack or cargo carrier that you want to. As far as the maximum gross trailer weight rating goes, it is going to be 5,000 pounds. So, that's going to be the amount of weight that is pulling on the hitch.

So that is the weight of your trailer plus anything that you might have on it. And I do always like to recommend, it's never a bad idea to check with your Kia's owner's manual to make sure your SUV can pull that much weight.I'll go ahead and give you a few measurements. We are going to measure from the ground to the top inside edge of our receiver tube opening. That is going to be right at 13 inches. So chances are pretty good, if you do plan on doing some towing, you are going to need to get a ball mount with a rise on it. If we measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of our rear bumper, it is going to be right at about five and a half inches. And like we talked about earlier with folding accessories, you can use this measurement to figure out exactly if those accessories will work without contacting the back of your Kia.Now as far as the installation goes, it is really not too bad. It doesn't take all that much time and isn't really too complicated. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now. To begin our install, we are going to be here at the back of our Kia. I went ahead and opened up her hatch and we are going to lower our spare tire to give us some more room to work.So then we can move underneath of our Kia. And over here on the driver's side, we are going to have an underbody panel that we are going to have to remove. So along the bottom edge of this panel, we are going to have two plastic push pin fasteners. So to pull those out, I'm going to use a trim tool, but a flat head screwdriver will work just fine too. So you kind of just pry underneath the head of it and you are able to pop that fastener completely out. And do the same thing for this one. And then if we look up, we are going to have two plastic nuts. So you can grab a 14 millimeter and loosen them up. And these will stay connected to the panel, they are not going to come off by themselves. And if they don't kind of want to come off of a stud, if they keep just spinning, what you might have to do is apply a little downward pressure at the same time to get them to release. We can lower our panel down and set it off to the side for now.We are going to need to lower our exhaust a little bit to give us some room to work. But before we do that, I like to take a strap and just kind of run it from side to side. That way the exhaust will have a little bit of support and we can kind of control how much and how fast we lower it down.So we are going to have a total of three rubber hangers that we need to take off. We are going to have this one back here by the tailpipe, and I am going to spray them down with some soapy water, some penetrating oil, it makes a little easier. But all we are going to do is grab a pry bar, you can even use a big screwdriver. Just kind of pop that rubber portion off of our exhaust. The other one will be right here on the back side of our muffler. And so we are just going to use that same technique to get that one removed too.And if we move towards the front of our car, we will have this last one right here. With all of them removed, we can now loosen up our strap a little bit to lower our exhaust.On our frame rail, we are going to have a little rubber plug. So we are going to pop that out, just grab a screwdriver and get underneath it. And there is also going to be two factory weld nuts. It is a good idea to take a bristle brush and clean out those threads. Once I have both these cleaned out, I am going to repeat this process over on the other side.We are going to have these little plastic tabs and sometimes these can get in the way when we go to put our hitch up, so it is easier just to kind of remove them now, rather than later, when we are trying to hold the hitch up and everything else. I'm just going to use a pair of snips and just cut it back. Maybe about half way. Then I'm going to do the same thing to the other side.Now, I like to just kind of point out our attachment points and what hardware we are going to be using to secure the hitch. You are on the driver's side. We are going to be using these two holes in the frame, and we are going to put through the larger half inch bolts through each one of them. We are also going to be using this factory weld nut closest to the back. The hardware that we are going to use for that is a hex bolt. And once we have the hitch up in place, we are going to take our conical tooth washer, put it over that bolt, thread it up. So you want to make sure that the teeth on the washer are going to face up towards the hitch.On the passenger side, again, we are going to be using these two holes, except we are going to use the smaller 7/16 bolts. We are going to be using both of these factory weld nuts, and that is going to get the same hardware, just a hex bolt and a conical tooth washer. Just like the one on the other side.Now with an extra set of hands, we will raise our hitch into position. You are going to want to go up and over your muffler. Once we have it lined up, we are going to take our bolts and put them from the outside in, here on the driver's side. And on the passenger side, the bolts are going to go from the inside out. So the ends of our bolts are all going to be facing towards the passenger side of the car.We will take a flange nut and get it started hand tight. Now that we have all of our hardware in place and hand tight, we can go ahead and snug everything down. Now that we have all of our hardware tight, we can come back with a torque wrench and torque it to the amount specified in our instructions.Now we can raise our exhaust back into position. So I kind of just hold it up there and use my hands to push the hangers back into place. Now that the exhaust is supported, we can remove our strap. Then we can grab our panel and re-install that the opposite way that we removed it. At this point, we can go ahead and raise our spare tire back into position. And as you can see, our spare tire is not going to interfere at all with our hitch.And that will finish up our look at and our installation of the trailer hitch receiver on our 2020 Kia Sorento.

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