Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Honda Accord - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda Accord


Today, on our 2013 Honda Accord, we'll be installing a Draw Tite hitch, part number 24899. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, we're going to go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is two inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 inches.Now, let's go ahead with the installation. Before we begin our install, we'll first need to lower the exhaust.

To lower the exhaust, we'll remove the two rubberize isolators, one behind the rear muffler and one forward of the rear axle. First before we remove the rubberize isolators, we'll go ahead and put a safety strap underneath the exhaust to help support the weight after we remove the hangers.We'll spray each one with some spray lubricant and then use a pry bar, pliers, or exhaust hanger removal tool to remove the rubber isolator from the middle hanger. Now, with that done, we can go ahead and use our safety strap to safely load the exhaust. Next, we'll need to remove the heat shield here on the passenger side above the muffler.There are at total of four attachment points securing heat shield. We'll go ahead and remove these screws now.

With the fasteners removed, we'll now go ahead and take a paint marker and mark out an area with the passenger side, frame rail attachment point so that we can cut the heat shield to go around the attachment point hardware.Next, we'll go ahead and remove the heat shield and then, using a pair of tin snips, cut out this section. Now, with that done, we'll set the heat shield aside as we install the hitch, and then reinstall the heat shield. Now, with all our attachment points visible, we'll go ahead and point them out. We'll have a total of three attachment points, one in each frame rail, and the pre-drilled hole on the frame by the manufacturer, and utilizing the tow hook as our third attachment point.Now, for our frame attachment points, we'll be using the 7/16 carriage bolt block and securing it with the 7/16 conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch and then a nut.

Note the two 7/16 pull wire provided with our install kit to help get our hardware up into the frame and in the position.Note, we'll need to enlarge the access hole on both frame rails so that we can get our 7/16 block into position. We're going to use a round file on a drill. Now with that done, we'll go ahead and take our bolt leader, fit it through the attachment point and out the access hole. There we can slide on the block and thread on the carriage blot. We'll feed the block up into the frame followed by the carriage bolt and pull them both into position.Note we'll be leaving the bolt leaders on this time as it will assist in putting our hitch up into position without pushing our hardware back up into the frame.

Now, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process in the passenger side. Next, we'll go ahead and take the U bolt and put it in the position on the tow hook. Here, at the third attachment point, will be the U bolt, conical tooth washers, and nuts.Now, were ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. We'll go ahead and pull the bolt leaders to the attachment points and bring them up tight to the frame. There, we'll go ahead and hold it and install the conical tooth washer again with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch and the two nuts provided for the U bolt.Then, we'll move to the frame where we can remove the bolt leader, install conical tooth washer and then the nut. Well install each at these attachments points finger tight. Once we have them all in place, we'll tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now, with the hitch secured and torqued to specifications, we'll need to go ahead and reinstall the heat shield.First, we'll go ahead and test fit into position to make sure it will fit back to its attachment points put around the hitch. As you can see here, it's hitting on the upright of the hitch, so we'll go ahead and mark out this section and make a small cut out in it to fit around the hitch. Then we'll just pull the heat shield underneath and out of the way.Now, we can go ahead and reinstall the heat shield and secure it. Note, for the rear frame attachment point, it may be necessary to bend the heat shield. To do this, I'm simply going to go ahead and take the handle end of my hammer and give it a couple quick taps to bend it close enough that we can start the fastener. Now, with all the fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down.Next, we'll go ahead and continue bending the heat shield flat up against the hitch and away from the muffler. Now, with that done, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Once the exhaust is reinstalled, we remove our safety strap. That will complete our install of the Draw Tite hitch, part number 24899 on our 2012 Honda Accord.


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