Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox - Hiddden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2012 Chevy Equinox, we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 87572. This is what our hitch will look 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 pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-3/4 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

Now, let's go ahead with the installation. First, let's go ahead and point out the attachment points. Starting on the driver's side and the side of the frame, there are two weld nuts. Some applications: These will just be pre-drilled holes and you'll use a carriage bolt and block as fasteners. However, for our application, we'll be using the weld nuts that are in the frame.

Our next attachment point will be in the bottom of the frame where we'll be using the access hole here and installing a carriage bolt and block into the frame as an attachment point. Our fourth attachment point for driver's side will be in the center of the bumper beam. Once again, this is a weld nut for our application. Some applications will require a carriage bolt and block as an attachment point. These attachment points will get repeated identically on the passenger's side.

Just keep in mind. Each process we do here on the driver's side will get repeated identically on the passenger's side. Let's go ahead and remove the rear fascia door. Using a pair of needle nose pliers, I can press the two tabs together and then pop the rear fascia door free. We'll go ahead and set that aside.

With this application, we will not be able to reinstall it. Next, we need to clean out the weld nuts. First, we'll spray them down with some spray lubricant. We'll use a 1/2-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. Thoroughly clean the weld nuts out and then I'll go ahead and take one of the new bolts and thread it into the weld nut to make sure they go nice and smoothly. Keep in mind that as time goes on, the more rust, dust, dirt and debris will build up in the weld nuts. In severe cases, a thread tab might be necessary to clean it out. Now with the weld nuts cleaned out, we're ready to install the fasteners in the bottom of the frame. Here we'll be using a new carriage bolt, large block, conical toothed washer and nut. To get our carriage bolt and block into position, we'll be using the pull wire provided with our install kit. To install our fasteners, we'll go ahead and slide the block onto the pull wire and then thread on our carriage bolt. We'll slide the carriage bolt and then block into the frame and then pull them both back to the same hole into position. At this time, we'll go ahead and leave the pull wire on the carriage bolt as it will assist us to getting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame. Now, we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install your fasteners. For our weld nuts, we'll be using the new 12-mm bolt and conical toothed washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and for our carriage bolt and block we'll be using the same conical toothed washer and a 1/2-inch nut. Now with all our fasteners in place, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all our fasteners torqued to specification, that will complete the install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87572 on our 2012 Chevy Equinox.

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