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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Kia Sorento - Draw Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Kia Sorento


Today on this 2011 Kia Sorento, were going to install a Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36511. Heres what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, Ill 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 point of the bumper is 3-1/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 11 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories.

Now, lets go ahead with the installation. Alright, before we can install our hitch, lets go ahead and identify our attachment points. We have two on each side. Each attachment point has a well nut and a frame. So before we go and install our hardware, well first going to take the spray lubricant and spray each one of the attachment point.

Each process we do here on the drivers side will be repeated identically on the passengers side. Then using a 1/2-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092, were going to go ahead and clean out the well nut. This will help clean out any dirt, dust, or debris thats built up over time. The older the vehicle, the more debris is going to be built up inside of these well nuts. Alright, heres a quick tech tip.

Now that weve got the well nuts cleaned out, I'm going to go ahead and take one of the new 10-mm bolts and go ahead and thread it in to the well nut just to make sure it will go in smoothly. Now, were ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. To attach our hitch, well be using the new 10-mm well nut and a 7/16 conical toothed washer. Now, with the well nuts cleaned out, were ready to go ahead and install the hitch. It can be easier to use an extra set of hands or if you put the passengers side up first, resting the hitch on the exhaust and then install your fasteners on the drivers side.

I recommend to install each of your fasteners finger tight until you get them all in place. Now, lets go ahead and tighten our fasteners down. Once we have our fasteners tightened down, well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. And with all our fasteners torqued to specifications, that will complete the install of our Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36511, on our 2011 Kia Sorento.


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