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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2010 Lincoln MKT - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2010 Lincoln MKT


Today on our 2010 Lincoln MKT, we're going to review and install Hidden Hitch, class 3, two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 87571. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once 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 3, two inch by two inch receiver tube capable of up to four hundred pounds of tongue weight and four thousand pound tow capacity. Next, I'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is six inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is thirteen and a half inches.

This will assist you with 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, eighteen millimeter socket and ratchet and then a three quarter inch socket and torque wrench. Now, we'll go ahead and show you to install the hitch. Now to begin our install, we need to lower the exhaust. To safely lower the exhaust, we're going to put a safety strap underneath it first, then we'll remove the three rear most rubber isolators.

We'll have two, one behind each muffler and one just forward of the rear axle. Not to remove the rubber isolator from the metal hanger, we'll spray it with a spray lubricant and then use a pry bar pliers to remove it. Now our driver and passenger side are identical in both our attachment points and hardware, so each process we do here on one side, will get repeated identically on the opposite side. With our rubber isolators removed, we'll use our safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. With the exhaust out of the way, we can go ahead and remove the exhaust hanger. To remove the exhaust hanger, we'll remove the two manufacturers bolts.

These bolts go to well 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 as they will not be reinstalled. Over time, these well nuts will build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris. TO make it easy 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 well nut as 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 cockle tooth washer.

The teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it will go through the exhaust and your bracket, through the hitch and back into the weld nut. 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 in place. I'm going to take the driver's side, feed it up over the exhaust and then the passenger side. I like to bring the passenger side up tight to the frame and install my hardware. Keep in mind, we're still re-installing the manufacturers hanger bracket. As we install these fasteners, we'll just install each one finger tight until we have them all in place. Once 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. With the hitch in place, secured to 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. Now, we'll go ahead and finish re-installing the exhaust. With our exhaust back in place we can remove the safety strap. That will do it for the review and install of our hidden hitch class 3, two inch receiver tube hitch, part number 87571 on our 2010 Lincoln MKT. .


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