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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Honda Accord - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda Accord

Speaker 1: Today, on this 2013 Honda Accord, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class One Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11681. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One nice thing about this hitch is that it's tucked up nice against our fascia, but we still have plenty of clearance around the receiver opening, making this a great hitch to use with bike racks and cargo carriers. On the side of our receiver, you'll find our industry standard half-inch diameter hitch pinhole to secure our hitch-mounted accessories. The pin and clip is included with this hitch. On the end of our receiver you'll find this collar that's welded on to give us a nice, finished look, and to help reinforce our receiver opening.Welded onto the bottom of our hitch is our safety chain plate to attach the safety chains from our trailer.

For a class one hitch these are a fairly large opening, so we shouldn't have much problem at all hooking on most safety chains from our trailer. This hitch features a 200 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 2,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. You want to make sure you consult the owner's manual of your Accord, and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Now I would like to point out, if you are going to be using this hitch for a non-trailer application, such as with a bike rack or a cargo carrier, Curt does recommend the use of a stabilization strap to help support the load. We have that available on our website if you need one.

Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier. You are looking at about 11 1/2 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening, and about three inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the back bumper. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we need to lower our exhaust in order to have room to get our hitch into position. In order to do this, we have one exhaust hanger at the rear and one at the front near our rear sub-frame. What we'll do, we'll spray some lubricant on the hanger so it'll slide off easier.

Then we'll use a pry bar to pry off the hanger. We'll do the same process for our other hanger. Now we need to remove our exhaust heat shield temporarily. It's held in place with four 10-millimeter bolts just like this one. We're looking at our driver's side frame rail now.

This hole here closest to our bumper beam attachment point is where we're going to have our hardware. It's the same on our passenger side. We'll take our pull wire, go through that hole, and it'll come out further up through the access hole. Now we'll take our spacer block, place it on the wire, push it inside the frame rail and we'll thread our carriage bolt onto the wire.Push that inside the frame rail and then we'll pull it through our hole, and we can remove our pull wire. Now, since our passenger side frame rail is the same way, we'll just make sure we repeat the same process. Now on our factory tow recovery hook, we'll take our U-bolt and drop it over it. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position, make sure that we don't push our hardware back in the frame, and we will secure it with our flange nuts. Now, we're using the larger flange nuts on our carriage bolts. Our U-bolt dropped through the holes in the hitch, and this will get our smaller diameter flange nuts. Now we'll use an 11/16 socket to tighten our carriage bolt flange nuts. Now we'll use a 9/16 socket to tighten the flange nuts in our U-bolts, making sure we tighten them as evenly as possible.That will torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. Okay, now I have marked out on our heat shield according to the instructions the area that we need to trim out to have clearance around our hitch. You can use a pair of tin snips to cut this, a rotary tool, or another cutting device that you may have, such as a grinder, to make this cut. Here's what it looks like once we have it cut. With our heat shield cut, we can now reinstall it. We're only able to use three bolts now because we cut off the hole back in this area here on the heat shield. We'll tighten the bolts down. Now we can raise our exhaust back up and reinstall our hangers. That completes our look at, and showing you how to install, the Curt Class One Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11681 on this 2013 Honda Accord.

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