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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Kia Optima - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Kia Optima

Today on our 2009 Kia Optima, we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, Part Number 60848. This is what our hitch to look like once it's installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 6-3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/4 inches. This will help us in selecting accessories such as the ball mount, a bike rack or a cargo carrier.

Now, let's go ahead with installation. First, before we begin installing the hitch, let's go ahead and point out the attachment points. There will be a total of three attachment points, one on each frame rail, and one at the center tow hook. The attachment points on the frame rails will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. We'll need to remove the weld nut cover first before we can use the attachment point.

After removing the adhesive tab, we can see the weld nut into the frame and over time the weld nuts will build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris; so, it would be easy to clean it up before we attempt to install the new fasteners. We'll take the spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tube brush, Part Number 814092 and thoroughly clean the threads out before we begin to install the hitch. A quick tech tip: I recommend you to take one of the new fasteners and make sure it'll go in by hand before attempting to install the hitch. Now, we've got the weld nuts cleaned out, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. We'll be using the new fasteners: 10 millimeter bolt along with a conical tooth washer or the weld nuts in the frame, and a 1/2 inch carriage bolt and block, along with a conical tooth washer and nut for our tow hook attachment point.

To begin, we'll put the carriage bolt and block over the tow hook into position. Note: It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. Then will bring the hitch up into place, feeding it through the carriage bolt and block, then threading the 10 millimeter bolt and conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch into position through the weld nut. Now, with all our fasteners in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque the specifications as indicated in the instruction.

And this would completely install of the Hidden Hitch, Part Number 60848 on our 2009 Kia Optima.

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