Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Ford Fusion - Draw-Tite

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How to Install the Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Ford Fusion


Today on our 2013 Ford Fusion we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 24897. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next, I'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to outer most edge of the bumper it's four and a quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube openings to the ground is ten inches. I'll now go ahead with the installation.

To begin our install we'll first need to remove the fasteners that secure the underbody panel behind the muffler. There are a total of four fasteners. I'm going to use my ten millimeter socket to remove the nuts. The outer tube fastener, or attachment points, are going to get removed and we're going to use a cutoff wheel or plastic bit to remove these corners to make room for the hitch. I'm going to use my paint marker to mark out the section to be trimmed. Now using my rotary tool I can go ahead and cut out this section.

Our attachment points are identical on each side so each process we do here on one side we're going to repeat identically on the opposite side. Now with our frame rail exposed I'll go ahead and point out the attachment points. We're going to have a total of four attachment points, two on each side. We'll use the manufacturer's pre-drilled holes here in the frame. The round hole will be our forward attachment point and the oval hole will be our rear attachment point. You can also use the rear attachment point as the access point to get our hardware into the frame.

We'll use a seven-sixteenths bolt leader to get our hardware in position. We'll start with by going through the forward attachment point and out the access hole. There we can slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Feed the block and the bolt into the frame. Once into the frame we can pull them into position.

With the install kit it will provide a total of four bolt leaders so we can leave the bolt leader attached which will help assist with getting the hitch up into position without pushing the hardware back up into the frame, or the second option is to remove one of the two bolt leaders for each side so that when you carefully put the hitch in place you're then ready to install your seven-sixteenths conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and a seven-sixteenths nut. Now go ahead and install the hardware for our rear attachment point. This attachment point, using the access slot as our attachment point, we'll use the reverse pull method. We'll take our bolt leader and slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. We'll then feed our carriage bolt into the frame first, followed by the block, and pull it back over the attachment point. Now leave the bolt leader attached for our rear hardware. With the driver's side done I'll move over to the passenger side and repeat the same process. Now with all the hardware in place we're ready to install the hitch. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Now as we bring the hitch up to the frame we'll feed our pole wire though the attachment point, carefully putting our hitch in place, not to push the forward hardware back up into the frame. Then we'll install our conical tooth washer and nut. Now once we have the forward hardware holding our hitch in place we can go ahead and remove the rear bolt leader and install the hardware. Once we have all the hardware in place we'll then go ahead and tighten it down. Now that we've gotten it tightened down we'll then go ahead and torque to the specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torque specifications we're going to go ahead and re-install two of our rear fascia panel fasteners, this will be the center two attachment points. Now with our hitch secured and torque specifications that'll complete the install of our Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 24897, on our 2013 Ford Fusion. .


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