Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Mazda 3 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Mazda 3

Today, in our 2013 Mazda 3, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, Part Number C11383. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper, is 3 1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground, is 10 1/4 inches. This will assist you selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. Now let's go ahead with the installation.

Before we install the hitch, we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment hardware. We'll have a total of 6 attachment points, 3 on each side. Each of these attachment points are pre-drilled holes in the frame by the manufacturer. The hardware we'll be using to secure the hitch will be the 7/16 carriage bolt and block and securing the hitch underneath will be a 7/16 flange nut. To get our hardware into the frame, we'll be using the 7/16 pole wire provided with our install kit. Now, we're ready to go ahead and install the hardware.

We'll take our pole wire, feed it through the forward attachment point and out the rear access hole. We'll slide on the block and thread on the carriage bolt. Quick tech tip, note as we feed the block and bolt into the frame, there are two layers that can cause the block and bolt to get hung up as we feed them into position. Once we get through the inner layer between the frame flange, and bumper flange, it will be easy to pull the hardware into position the rest of the way and down into place. Once into place, we'll go ahead and remove the pole wire. Now, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the center and rear attachment points, keeping in mind that each process we do to one side, will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Now, with the carriage bolt and blocks into place, we'll need to remove the hardware securing the two rear fascia tabs.

We have 2 bolts and 2 screws. Once we remove them, we can fold the fascia tabs out of the way, as our hitch will sit up into the channel above the fascia tabs. Hang on to the hardware, as we'll be re-installing them. Now, we're ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Note, it may be necessary to pull out on the rear bumper fascia to get the hitch up into position behind the rear fascia.

We'll feed the hitch up into position, being careful not to push our hardware back up into the frame that we installed earlier. Now, we're ready to install the 7/16 flange nut. We'll install each fastener, finger tight, until we have them all in place. Now, we can go ahead and run them down and then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With the hitch secured in torque specifications, we'll go ahead and re-install the hardware for the rear fascia tabs, and with that this will complete the install of the Curt Hitch Part Number C11383, on our 2013 Mazda 3. .

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