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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Ford Escape


Today on this 2011 Ford Escape were going to install part number 36501 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like once its installed on the vehicle. Next well go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out when selecting accessories such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be 17 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be 1 inch. Now Ill go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed.

First thing were going to do is go ahead and install our hardware into the frame of the vehicle. Were looking at the drivers side and this will be repeated exactly the same way on the passenger side. Well start off by running our bolt leader into the existing hole on the side of the frame. Theres two of them. Well run it out the access hole through the end of the frame.

Well install our block and our half inch carriage bolt and run it through the frame and pull it out. Now our kit only comes with two wire pulls so well be using an additional two more for the other side. Thatll be part number 80101-1. Once we have all our hardware installed in the frame we can go ahead and lift the hitch into position. After we lift it up well take our wire pulls and pull them through the holes in the hitch.

Once the hitch is in place well pull our bolts through and then attach our hardware. Now when we install the rest of the hardware were going to install a conical tooth washer. Well make sure that the teeth of the washer go towards the hitch and then well install the nut behind it. Well leave all the hardware loose until all the hardware is installed. With all the hardware installed we can go ahead and tighten the bolts down and torque them down as specified in the instructions.

Thatll finish it for our install of part number 36501, from Draw-Tite, on our 2011 Ford Escape.


Ron

9/11/2020

I'm in Canada. Where can I get extra wire pulls? Thanks

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Jon G.

9/15/2020

You should be able to get them from your local hardware/home improvement store, or you can pick some up from us. If you are installing the Draw-Tite # 36501 like in the video above then you need the fish wire # 80101-1 .

Ron

9/15/2020

@JonG Would any wire pulls for 1/2" bolt work? I sure can't find that part number. Is that a draw-Tite specific part number?
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Jon G.

9/15/2020

@Ron Yes, that's a Draw-Tite specific part number. Any 1/2" wire pull should work just fine.

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