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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Chevrolet Uplander - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander


Today on our 2007 Chevrolet Uplander, we're going to be installing the Curt trailer hitch receiver, part number 13336. We're going to go ahead and begin here underneath the vehicle. We're going to need to remove a few bolts in order to install our hitch. Over here on the passenger side, there will be a total of three bolts that we'll need to remove as well as loosen up one additional bolt. Now, you notice that two of the bolts actually hold the exhaust hangar in place and the other bolt that we'll need to completely remove is holding the support bracket in place. The outer bolt that holds the support bracket in place, we're just going to loosen up. Now, we'll move over here to the driver side where we'll need to remove one of the bolts that holds the support bracket in place.

The other two holes do not have hardware in it currently. We'll go ahead and remove the bolts as well as loosen up the nut holding the other bracket piece end. Now, we can go ahead and move over to the driver side where we'll remove the bolt that holds the bracket in place as well as loosen up the nut that we can swing the bracket out of the way. We'll go ahead and start over here on the driver side. Just pointing out the mounting locations that we'll be using. We'll be using the three existing weld nuts located here as well as this hole located here on the inside of the frame rail.

We'll then go ahead and move over to the passenger side. We'll point out the mounting locations as well. Again, there will be three existing weld nuts and one hole on the inside of the frame rail. Actually, we're going to need to go ahead and clean out our existing weld nuts. To do that, we're going to use a little bit of spray lubricant and a nylon tee brush.

That's part number 814092. Once you have all of the existing weld nuts cleaned out, it's a good idea to thread one of the bolts into each of the locations to make sure that it threads in easily. If it does not, you will need to continue to clean the weld nut until it does. On some vehicles that are extremely dirty or older and maybe a little more rusty, you may even need to possibly run a tap up into the threads to clean the threads up. Next, let's go ahead and point out hardware. I'll show you the hardware that we'll be using to secure our hitch. For the six existing weld nuts, we'll be using the hex bolt here as well as a mechanical tooth washer making sure that the teeth face towards the hitch when installed.

For the two intermounting locations of the two locations that will be on the upright, one on each side, we'll be using a carriage bolt, a square hole spacer block and a flange nut. Next, let's go ahead and we're going to need to install our carriage bolt and square hole spacer block into the vehicle's frame. We'll take the coiled end of our fish wire, we'll go through the mounting location here and pull coiled end out the access hole. Now, the access hole is actually between the fourth weld nut and the middle existing weld nut. Once we have the coiled end pulled out, we'll go ahead and slide the square hole spacer block on then we'll thread the carriage bolt onto the end of the fish wire. We'll then push the two items back up into the vehicle's frame, holding them up into position. For now, we're just going to leave the carriage bolt and the spacer block inside the vehicle's frame but yet the fish wire will still remain attached. We'll go ahead and repeat this process for both the driver and the passenger side. Now, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position. As you raise the hitch up into position, you'll want to take the end of the fish wire and feed it through each of the upper mounting locations. You got from the outside of the hitch towards the inside with the fish wire. We'll then finish raising the hitch up into position. We'll then install one of the hex bolts and mechanical tooth washers in the existing weld nuts to secure the hitch in place. For now, we'll just go ahead and hand tighten the hardware just to support the hitch. It is helpful if you go ahead and begin with the middle mounting location on each side. Keeping in mind that you'll need to reinstall the support bracket in the forward mounting location on each side, it will go the hitch, then the support bracket, mechanical tooth washer and the bolt. Now that we also have the hardware installed and the hitch supported, we can also pull our carriage bolts and spacer blocks into place by pulling the fish wire. Once our carriage bolt is in place, we can go ahead and remove the fish wire and install the flange nut. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on both the driver and passenger side. Now that we have all of our hardware installed, as well as the support brackets, we can go ahead and tighten down all the hardware. Once we have all of our hardware tighten down, we can then go and come back and torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Now that we have all of our hardware torqued down, we can go ahead and attach the exhaust hangar bracket here to the hitch. We'll be using these two holes here to secure the bracket to the hitch. We'll be using the hex bolt and the flange nut to do that. Once we have the hardware installed, we can go ahead and tighten it down. Now that we have our exhaust brackets secure, that will do it for the installation of the Hurt trailer hitch receiver part number 13336 is installed here on our 2007 Chevrolet Uplander. .


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Employee Brent H
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