Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Chrysler Pacifica - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica

Today on our 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, we're going to review and install the Draw-Tite class three receiver hitch, part number 75522. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on Pacifica. Our hitch does have a two inch opening right here, which works with a wide variety of ball-mounts, and other accessories such as bike racks or cargo carriers. Also, you can see how it fits on the vehicle on the edge of the hitch here, it's just behind this edge of the bumper. You notice our hitch has two holes on each side. This 5/8 diameter hole right here is designed for your hitch-pins, or locking hitch-pins, for all of your accessories. This smaller diameter hole here that is on both sides, is designed for use of J-pin stabilization pin. That works with all of your accessories and ball-mounts that do not have their own anti-rattle devices built in. On the very bottom of our hitch, we have our safety-chain loops right here.

It uses plate steel, so it makes for a nice smooth, flat finish on the bottom. You notice as the hitch goes up behind the bumper, it actually goes up and over the exhaust and grabs onto the frame and allows complete access still to your spare tire. By itself, the hitch can pull 3500 pounds, with a vertical weight of 350 pounds. If you add a weight distribution assembly to the the hitch, this raises up it's capacity to 5000 pounds of pulling power, and 500 pounds of tongue weight. You're also going to want to double check with your owner's manual to make sure that your particular vehicle can work with these kind of weights. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball-mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of receiver opening down to the ground is going to be about 11 and 1/4 inches.

From the center of the hitch-pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper is going to be about four inches. That comes with all of the hardware needed, and there's no drilling required on this hitch to install, and we'll show you how to do that next. The first part of our install is get the vehicle ready. We're going to remove the spare tire. Most of the time you can get away with it, but it makes things a lot easier if you take the spare tire off to do your install. Next we need to lower the exhaust.

Before we do that, I'm going to use a regular cam buckle strap to help support it, but you can use anything like a piece of wire. There's a couple of holes in the middle of the suspension frame here. There we go. We'll just keep it nice and loose like that for now, and then we'll go ahead and work on the rubber hangers. At the end of the exhaust by the tailpipe we've got two rubber hangers that we need to loosen up. All I'm going to do is spray some lubricant on it to make it a little easier to move.

Then we'll use a pry bar to pry them off. Now I can use my strap to control the exhaust as I lower it. Next up, we've got to remove this bolt right here. We'll need an 18 millimeter socket. This is our driver's side, we'll do the same thing over on the passenger's side. At this point we're ready to start to install hardware for our hitch. We're going to install this block and this carriage bolt into this square hole right here. We're looking at the driver's side, we're going to do the same for the passenger's side. First we're going to take this wire-pull that comes with the hitch, or bolt leader, we're going to stick in through the square hole and then out this larger access hole. Take this block and put it through, let it fall in, then we'll thread it on our carriage bolt. Push that in, pull it out the bottom. I'm going to remove the bolt leader, and then repeat the same process over on the passenger's side. Now we're almost ready to put our hitch up into place. When we do that, this washer needs to be placed between the frame and the hitch. What I like to do is actually use a piece of tape, anything, to hold it in place while I lift it up so it'll be easier to guide the bolt through. We'll need to do this on both sides of the hitch. Now we'll cover the last two pieces of hardware that we'll use to attach the hitch up initially. We have this conical tooth washer, you notice there's teeth on the washer here, this always stays up towards the hitch. Then we'll back it up with the nut. Now we get an extra set of hands to help hold it up and put the hitch in position, and we'll install our hardware. All right, we'll go ahead and put our hitch up in position. We'll push our bolts up into place. Shove the hitch forward a little bit to keep it from moving. We'll slide on the conical tooth washer and the nut. Let's go ahead a take up the slack. The same process over on our passenger's side. These bolts that we removed earlier, those are going to be replaced by new bolts that come with the hitch as well. Same conical tooth washer, and metric bolts to match the threads. Push the hitch up. That's why you want to leave it loose so you can move it around and get the bolts to thread in. We will repeat the same process over on the other side. After you have these two bolts in, it's a good idea to run these bolts up just enough where you get these two holes on the hitch to line up with two existing holes in the frame. You still want to leave this loose a little bit. Then we'll install two more carriage bolts and blocks just like we did before right here, except this time our access hole is going to be on the bottom right here. Let's take our bolt leader, push it through one of the holes, move the hitch as we need to, and out the bottom. Lock, and bolt. One thing to note, you will get some interference with the bolt that's inside the frame here, so you can reach in with your fingers and kind of manipulate around to get started. Make sure it's pulled all of the way through, sits on the block, and then we'll install a lock washer and a nut. Again, leave it loose for now, and we'll repeat the same process for this hole. We'll install two identical bolts back over on the passenger's side. Will all of the hardware loosely installed, we can go ahead and tighten up the bolts on the hitch. We'll use an 18 millimeter socket for this bolt right here. This one will require a 3/4 inch socket. I like to do the bottom ones first, and then we'll do the ones on the top. Now go and torque down the bolts as best by the instructions using the torque wrench. At this point our hitch is fully installed, all that remains is to go ahead and put our exhaust back up into place, as well as our spare tire. Here's your exhaust back up, and put some spray lubricant on it to make it easier to put everything back together. Take down our strap that is no longer needed. With our spare tire back up into place, you can see we have plenty of room as it goes back in there. With that, that will finish it for our Draw-Tite Max Frame class three receiver hitch, part number 75522, on this 2005 Chrysler Pacifica.

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