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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Buick Terraza

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Buick Terraza


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2007 Buick Terraza we'll be having a look at and installing the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13336.Here's what our hitch looks like installed. You can see it's tucked up nicely underneath our fascia here. It doesn't hang down too low, but it is close up high to the vehicle so we do maintain the most amount of ground clearance that we can. Our receiver here is tucked up behind the fascia, so we're loading cargo into our cache area of our Terraza, so we don't have to worry about running our shin into it, which is a nice feature.This hitch features a 400 pound max gross tongue weight rating, a 4,000 max gross trailer weight rating. It does support the use of weight distribution and when we're using that our max gross tongue weight rating increase to 600 pounds and our max trailer weight rating increases to 6,000 pounds.On the side of our receiver here we have our industry standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole to secure any of our hitch mounted accessories. On the bottom we have our rolled steel safe chain loops that are welded on into place.

They're a fairly large opening so we shouldn't have much problem using most safety chains on it. To help give our hitch a more finished appearance, we have this nice welded on collar at the end. Gives it a nice look and also gives it a little bit more strength.Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier. You're looking at about 12 inches from the ground to the top of the class III receiver opening and about 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear most part of the back bumper.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll sure you how to get it installed. All right.

To being our installation we need to lower our exhaust. We can do that just by removing this one hanger right here. To make it slide off a little bit easier, just spray some lubricant on it. You can use a pry bar. Pray the hanger loose.Okay.

Now we need to unbolt our exhaust hanger from our frame. To do that, we use a 15 millimeter socket to remove the two bolts. We also have this fascia support bar in place. We need to remove this. Again, 15 millimeter bolts and there's two of them.Now, our drivers side is slightly different.

We still have the same fascia support bar we need to remove the two 15 millimeter bolts. Depending on your model of the van you may or may not have a low leveling compressor right here. If you do, you have another 15 millimeter bolt there and two 10 millimeter nuts on the side here. We'll need to drop this down.Now, typically this compressor would have airlines going to it, but our compressor has stopped working a long time ago so it had been bypassed and our air shocks now use a manual inflation valve. Our compressor really doesn't do anything, but we need to unplug it and get it out of our way. We have two electrical connectors. Lift up on the lock tab, unplug it. This one here you push in on the lock tab. We can now twist it out or we can hang it out of the way like so and have access to our bolts.Okay. With our compressor out of the way now, we'll repeat the same process to remove our fascia support bar. All right, now with the inside edge of our frame rail we have a round hole. We'll stick our fish wire through that hole, come out the slot, stick on our block, stick it inside, thread on our carriage bolt, place it inside, repeat the same process on the other side.All right. Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch up, feeding our fish wires through the side of our hitch. Once we have it raised up, pull the bolt through, remove the pull wire, threat on our flange nut.Okay. With our hitch in place now we'll take our fascia support bar here. Using one of the factory bolts we removed on the outside edge, we'll get that started. We'll use one of the bolts that comes with our hitch with a conical tooth washer. The teeth will face towards the hitch. We'll go through our support bar and then go towards the front hole on the side of our hitch.Okay. Now, if your vehicle is like ours and your exhaust hanger rod faces this direction towards the passenger side, you'll reinstall the hanger in the original spot just underneath the hitch like this. However, if you have a different style hanger than this one and your rod faces this direction, it'll pass through the hitch like so and it'll be secured to the side of the hitch like this.This is not the right style bracket for this application so I can't show you exactly how it goes, but you get the idea how it bolts to the hitch and this would be on the inside with the rod going through it. We'll raise this and up. Again, we'll be using our bolts for the hitch and the conical tooth washers.Okay. We went ahead and got our fascia support brace in place on the drivers side, just like we did on the passengers side, and put our middle bolt up in place as well.Now, we need to install our compressor again. However, this tab here where it was using the frame as a support lock in place, we won't be able to use that anymore because the hitch covers up that hole. We need to cut this tab off right here flush with the bottom of our bracket. What I'm going to use to do this is a cutoff wheel. Just make sure you're wearing your proper personal protection equipment when you're using a tool like this. You don't get hurt.Now, with our bare metal exposed from where we cut it off, we'll take some spray paint here to help prevent it from rusting any worse than it already is. Okay. We found out that our compressor, even with trimming off that one area, this area here covers up one of our bolt heads, which isn't going to work. We marked off the area we're going to trim off the same way.Now, even though our compressor doesn't work, yours might, so we'll make sure we plug it back in. Okay. Now we use a 17 millimeter socket and tighten our bolts up. Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Now we'll make sure we tighten out our inaudible 00:07:50 bolts all the way. Now we'll reinstall our exhaust hanger.That completes our look at and installation of the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 13336, on our 2007 Buick Terraza.


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Employee Brent H
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