Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Lincoln MKX - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Lincoln MKX


Today on our 2008 Lincoln MKX, we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III trailer hitch receiver, part number 75992. This is what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see, we're not adding a lot to the vehicle. Our cross tubes going to remain hidden up here behind the rear fascia. We're just left with our 2 inch by 2 inch receiver tube opening, nice rounded reinforcement collar around the end there and you'll see our rolled steel style safety chain connection points here. It should allow for plenty of room to get all of our accessories attached, whenever you might need to use those. Now you will see the 5/8 diameter pin hole.

That is going to be the one closer to the front of the vehicle. That is what we're going to use to secure all of our accessories with and there's plenty of room there whether we just want to use a standard hitch pin and clip, locking hitch pin or even anti-rattle device. The smaller hole that's a little bit closer to the rear of the vehicle, that's only for use of the J-pin stabilization system. Now the hitch is going to offer a 400 pound tongue weight rating, so that's the maximum downward force that we can put here to the receiver tube opening. We have a 4,000 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's the total weight of our trailer and anything that we might load up on it.

If you go into a weight distribution set up, which the hitch is rated for, those numbers are going to stay the same. However, you do want to check out the owner's manual on the MKX, see what it's rated for, then go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a few measurements that you'll find helpful in selecting your ball mount bike rack or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening. You've got about 13 3/4 of an inch. Then from the center of your hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of your bumper is about 6. Now to begin our installation, we're going to be lowering the exhaust on the vehicle down.

It's going to help give us some room to work. What we want to do is use either a jack stand underneath the exhaust to give it support, or what I like to do is just use a cam buckle strap. Pull that up nice and tight under that exhaust. Now we're going to remove a few hangers and then we'll put some slack in this and allow it to come down a little bit. We have one hanger that is located right here in the middle, and then we'll have our tailpipes if we work out right where it makes this bend, there's going to be one located right on top here on the drivers side and also the same spot on the passenger side. Now to help remove our hangers, we're going to use some spray lubricant here and then a large screwdriver, maybe a pry bar if you've got it and then you just want to pry them out to that outside edge. Get them popped off, we'll do both sides and then we can take care of the one in the middle.

Now like we talked about before, we'll just loosen that strap up a little bit and let that come down. It should give us plenty of room to get in there where we need to. Now we come here to the middle of the fascia, there's a support that goes up. Right in the middle of that there's a bolt. It's going to require a 7/32 socket. Want to get that taken out. Now with that screw out, we want to push that support rearward, just like that and we can reinstall out screw. Now it's going to be time to pull down our heat shield, we're going to have one on each side. We've got one, 2, 3 screws that are going to come out and then right here there is a pushpin fastener. For this we're going to use an 8 millimeter. We've also got a small pushpin fastener right here, so we'll use a screwdriver or maybe a trim panel tool like this, get that popped out. You'll see wiring, it's going to run right to connect there. You want to pop that out. Now the 2 screws that we take out of the frame rail here, we're going to give these back to our customer, or if you're doing it at home, you'll just want to stick them someplace safe in case you ever remove your hitch. Now we'll do the same thing over on our passenger side, we just won't have that rear wiring attachment to deal with here. Now on our heat shields, we got the small tab that sticks up here. We want to use some aviation shears and just snip those off, just like that. You could also use a cutoff wheel or whatever you got handy there and we're ready to put these back in place. Now we'll push our fastener back up from the hole it came out of and reinsert our bolt or screw and we push our wiring back in. Now I bent that a little bit as I was putting it in place, so we'll just flex that back out. You'll notice here where I trimmed off that tab, it's still blocking my hole a little bit, so I'm going to take a little bit more off of there. I want to have full access to that hole, that's where one of our bolts are going to come through. That will take care of it. Now we'll go ahead and get our passenger side heat shield put back in place. We'll be using this forward attachment point here and then the hole that's located right here, right in front of that pinch well. To get our hardware in place, we'll use our pull wire and place it down and through and it's going to come out right back here on the back side of the bumper. It's hard to see, but it exists, I promise. Now we're going to slide our spacer block onto the pull wire and we're also going to thread on one of our 1/2 inch carriage bolts. Now we want to feed these up into the frame separately, so we'll feed our spacer block up and in and then we can feed our bolt up and in and then it's just a matter of pulling them up, just like that. Now you want to make sure the square on the bolt engages the square in the spacer block. Now some instructions will tell you to leave your pull wires attached, some will tell you to remove them. I like to go ahead and remove them, that way when we raise our hitch up into position we're not worried about trying to loosen those up. We'll do the same thing for our forward hole here. When we put our hitch into position, we're going to sandwich the heat shield between that plate, so that's going to hold that up nice and secure. Now let's head over to our passenger side, where we will repeat the exact same process there. Now we are ready to get our hitch raised up into position. It's a great idea to get yourself an extra set of hands. We want to guide our hitch up and this little gap here, that's going to go around our pinch well, so it's going to rest up in the fascia slightly. Once it's in position, we want to use one of our conical tooth washers. The teeth of that washer should face up towards the hitch, then we'll thread on one of our hex nuts. Once we have 3 or 4 good turns on that, just let our hitch rest in position there and we'll get our hardware started in the other 2 locations. There's one located there and the one on the other side. Now we need to get our hardware snug down and we'll grab our 17/32 drill bit and our drill and we'll drill out the rear hole locations on both sides. Now we just use our hitch as a guide here, to get that hole drilled out. Now with that drilled out, we'll fish wire the same set of hardware in that location as we did in our other 2. Once we've got that through, we'll take our pull wire off there and we're going to add a conical tooth washer to that bolt and another one of our hex nuts. Now it's just a matter of heading over to the drivers side and we'll repeat the same process there. Now if we look at our instructions there, we're going to find our torque specifications. We'll want to go through and torque all 6 bolts down appropriately. Now with all of our fasteners torqued down, we'll go ahead and put a little more spray lubricant on our exhaust hangers and then get them slid back into position. Now we can pull our safety strap off here and our hitch will be ready for use. With our exhaust back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 75992, on our 2008 Lincoln MKX.


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