Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Edge - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Edge


Today on our 2013 Ford Edge we're going to be installing and taking a look at the Draw-Tite Class III Trailer Hitch, part number 75992. This is what our hitch looks like fully installed. As you can see, everything's hidden except for the receiver tube and safety hooks. Now, this receiver has a 2 inch by 2 inch opening. As you can see, it has a nice round collar to give you that nice finished look. Now, this receiver's going to use a round style safety loop, and as you can see, there's still plenty of room even with an oversized hook.

It's going to use a standard 5/8 pin and clip. Now the smaller hole here is for a J pin stabilization device, which is great for any accessories that you might have that don't have their own anti-rattle. This receiver has a 400 pound tongue weight, and that's going to be the force pushing down, and it has a 4,000 pound trailer weight, which is the force it can pull. Now, when using a weight distribution system, the weight range don't change, but make sure you check with your vehicle's owner's manual that your vehicle can handle that. I'm going to give you a few measurements that will help you in deciding on accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. The center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 1/2 inches.

Now, from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube is 14 3/4 inches. Let me show you how to install it. To begin our installation we're going to need to lower our exhaust down, and we're going to have a hanger here, here, and one right behind the muffler. Now, I'm just securing a strap so that when the exhaust falls down it won't fall down all the way, just enough to support it. Now we're just going to take some spray lubricant and spray them down so it'll be a little bit easier to get them down. Next, we're going to be removing this screw right here that has this bracket.

Now, we're going to be using a 5 1/2 millimeter socket. We won't be reusing this, and we're just going to tuck this behind the bumper like that. Our next step is going to be modifying our heat shield. We're going to need to remove these two bolts that are on the outside frame rail. We're going to be using an 8 millimeter socket. Now, we won't be reinstalling these bolts.

We're going to need to cut a relief hole for this hole right here, so we can get access to it, as well as here. I'm going to go ahead and show you where I'm going to cut. As you can see, we have access to both the front and rear hole without our heat shield being in the way, and we're going to repeat the same process for the other side. We're going to take our fish wire and we're going to take the coiled end and insert it into the furthest forward hole until it pops out right behind the bumper fascia here. Now, it's kind of hard to see, but if you reach your hand up really close to where the exhaust cutout is, you can feel there's a spot in the frame that has a notch in it. That's where that fish wire is going to come out. This is where our fish wire came out. I do want to mention, when going in the back hole, the farthest point away, you want to be careful not to pull the wire all the way out. We're going to take our spacer block and we're going to put it on our wire. After that, we can take our carriage bolt and we're going to thread it onto the wire, just like that. Now we're going to take our block, and you're going to feel in that channel above the fascia here that there's a spot that has a wider opening and a thinner opening. We're going to push our block through there, making sure that we have enough room to get our bolt through. We push our bolt through, we can pull our fish wire down, and our bolt will come down right here. Now, we're going to repeat the same fish wire process with this hole right here. Now we're going to repeat the same process on the other side. With an extra set of hands we can set our hitch into place. Just going to want to put the pull wires into the appropriate holes. The heat shield is actually going to be sandwiched in between the hitch and the frame. Now, simply take the pull wire off and you're going to take the conical tooth washer, making sure that the teeth are facing towards the hitch and the nut, and we're going to loosely install it on our hitch. We can also install the rest of our hardware. With all our hardware installed we can go ahead and snug them down. We're going to be using a 3/4 inch socket. Next, using the hitch as a template, we're going to come to the rearward-most hole, and we're going to use a 1/2 inch drill bit just to mark the hole. Now we're going to come back with a pilot drill bit to make it a little bit easier. Now with the pilot hole drilled we can come back with the 1/2 inch drill bit and drill the rest of our hole. Now, you do want to drill with a 17/32 drill bit if you have it. If not, you can use a 1/2 inch and just wallow 00:06:35 it out a little bit so the bolt will fit. Now that we have our hole drilled we're going to repeat the same process on the other side. We're going to take our fish wire again and insert it into the rearward-most hole. Now, I've taken the fish wire and I've put a bend right about where it needs to come out. That way it'll direct it down. All right, with our fish wire out we're going to repeat the same process taking the block, feeding it onto the wire, and then taking our carriage bolt and threading it on. Now we can feed everything back into the channel and pull our pull wire through. Then we can pull our bolt through. Again, making sure the teeth on the conical washer are facing towards the hitch and install our nut and washer. We're going to repeat the same process with the other side. Now we can snug up our remaining hardware, again using a 3/4 inch socket. Now we're ready to torque down our bolts. Now, you're going to want to torque it down to the specified amount in your instructions. Now with all of our hardware torqued down we can put our exhaust back up. That'll finish up the look at the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class III Trailer Hitch, part number 75992 on our 2013 Ford Edge.


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