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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Mazda 3 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Mazda 3


Today on our 2012 Mazda 3 well be installing Curt hitch, part number 11393. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is four and a half inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 10 inches. Now lets go ahead with installation.

First, before we can install the hitch well need to install the hardware into the attachment points here in the frame rail. Keep in mind each step we do here on the drivers side will get repeated identically on the passengers side. Now before we can install the hitch well need to go ahead and put our hardware into the frame. Well be using the install kit which will consist of the carriage bolts, the spacer blocks, phalange nuts and a pull wire, or bolt leader. Well use the pull wire to go in through the attachment point out through the access hole, and well slide on the block and thread on our carriage bolt.

Then well go ahead and slide the block into the frame followed by the carriage bolt and pull them both into position. Once into position well go ahead and remove the bolt leaders and repeat for the next attachment point. Now with all three done here on the drivers side well go ahead and repeat the same process on the passengers side. With all our hardware in place on the frame rails well need to remove the under body trim panel that has four fasteners. Then well remove the two fasteners securing the fascia tabs.

This will allow us to go ahead and put the hitch up into position. Keep in mind its a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help you put the hitch in place so that you dont push the hardware back up into the frame. Now well go ahead and secure the hitch with the phalange nuts. With each fastener finger tight we can now go ahead and run them down. Next well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions.

With our hitch installed and secured well go ahead and reinstall the fascia tab fasteners. That will complete the install of our Curt hitch, part number 11393 on our 2012 Mazda 3.


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