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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Lincoln MKT - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2010 Lincoln MKT

Speaker: Today on our 2010 Lincoln MKT we're going to review and install the Draw Tie Hitch Part Number 75679. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. Our hitch is a nice, stylish round cross tube and a fully-welded steel construction with a really nice black powder coated finish. On each side of our receiver tube is going to be our chain hold down and this is our Class Three Two Inch by Two Inch Receiver Tube capable of up to 400 pounds of tongue weight and 4,000 pound tow capacity. Next, I'll give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the hitch-pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is six inches. To the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 13 and a half inches.

This will assist in selecting accessories such as a ball-mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and go over the minimum tools required for the installation of the hitch. This is going to be our spray lubricant, 18 millimeter socket and ratchet, and then a three quarter inch socket and torque wrench. Now we'll go ahead and show you how to install the hitch. Now to begin our install we need to lower our exhaust. To safety lower the exhaust, we're going to put a safety strap underneath it first.

Now we'll remove the three rear-most rubber isolators. We'll have two, one behind each muffler and one just forward of the rear axial. Now to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hangar, we'll spray it with a spray lubricant and then use our pry-bar pliers to remove it. Now our driver and passenger side are both identical in our attachment points and hardware, so each process we do here on one side will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Now with our rubber isolators removed, we use our safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. Now with exhaust out of the way, we'll go ahead and remove the exhaust hanger.

To remove the exhaust hanger, we'll remove the two manufacturer's bolts. These bolts go to the weld-nuts built into the frame. Once we have the exhaust hanger down, we'll go ahead and take the two bolts and set them aside because they will not be reinstalled. Over time, these weld-nuts have built up with rust, dust, dirt, and debris. To make it easier to install the new fasteners, we're going to spray each one with a little spray lubricant. This will just help to get the new hardware into the manufacturer's weld-nut, because these will now be our attachment points for the hitch.

We'll use the new hardware supplied with our hitch, which is a twelve millimeter bolt and a half-inch conkle-tooth washer, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it will go through the exhaust hanger bracket through the hitch and back into the weld-nut. Now with the passenger side prepped, let's go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver's side. We're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch into place. We're going to take the driver's side, feed it up over the exhaust, and then the passenger's side. I like to bring the passenger side up tight to the frame and install my hardware. Keep in mind, we're still reinstalling the manufacturer's hanger bracket. As we install each of these fasteners, we'll install each one of them finger tight until we have them all in place. Now that we have all our hitch fasteners in place, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with the hitch in place, secured torque specifications, we're ready to reinstall the exhaust. Quick tech tip: if you take the rubber isolator off of the tail pipe here on the passenger side and install it onto the exhaust hanger first, and then put your exhaust back up, you can make it a lot easier. We can now finish reinstalling the exhaust. With our exhaust back in place, we can remove our safety strap. Now with everything installed we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of the draw-tight class three two-inch receiver tube hitch Part Number 75679 on our 2010 Lincoln MKT. .

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