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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Nissan Pathfinder - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder


Speaker 1: Today on this 2013 Nissan Pathfinder we'll be having a look at and showing how to install the Draw-Tite Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 76031. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. Our hitch sits nice and tight against the bottom of our fascia but yet we still have plenty of clearance around the opening, making this an ideal hitch to use with bike racks and cargo carriers.On the side of our receiver you'll find two holes. The larger one closest to the the front of the vehicle, that's our industry-standard 5/8" diameter hitch pin hole that we use to secure any of our hitch-mounted accessories. You can pick up a pin and clip on our website as part number PC3. Towards the rear of the receiver, the smaller hole is for a j-pin stabilization device.

What that does is take away the annoying shake, play, and rattle out of what is inserted into your receiver. We have one of those available on our website as well.Welded onto the bottom of the frame and our receiver is our safety chain plate. These have a nice large opening so we shouldn't have much problem with any hooking on most safety chains. We have a nice collar that's welded onto the back of the receiver to help reinforce the opening and give us a nice finished look. On the driver side of our receiver, we have this tab that's welded on which serves as an attachment point for any electrical wiring harnesses that we may have in order to power the lighting circuits on our trailer.

We have several wiring options available for you on our website.This hitch features a 900 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 6,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount it can pull. It does support the use of weight distribution. However, those numbers don't change. You'll want to make sure you consult with the owner's manual and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch-mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

You're looking at about 13-1/2" from the ground to the top of the 2" receiver opening and about 3" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost 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'll be on the driver side of our vehicle. Attached to the frame rail we'll find our factory tow hook attachment point. We'll need to remove this. In order to remove this we'll find two 18mm bolts on the bottom of it.

We'll remove these bolts. On the side we'll find two more 18mm bolts that we need to remove. For the side bolts you may need to break them free by hand first if you're going to be power tools just because a power tool that will fit up in there won't be strong enough to break it free.With our two hook removed, we can set it aside. In case we ever decide to take the hitch off we can reinstall this, but with the hitch in place this will not be reinstalled. With our tow hook removed we have clean access to our weld nuts that we'll be using to hold the hitch in place. We'll be using these three weld nuts here. We have the same mirror image on the passenger side. Now it's a good idea to take some spray lubricant, go inside each weld nut. We'll use a wire brush which we have available on our website as part number 814092, and help clean out the threads of any rust or loose debris. We'll repeat this same process for all of our weld nuts.With all of our weld nuts now cleaned out, we'll point out how our installation hardware goes. We'll have our bolt, a lock washer, and then a flat washer. With an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch into position and secure it with the six bolts just like this. Now that we have all of our hardware in place, we'll use a 19mm socket to tighten them down. Now we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. That completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 76031, on this 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.


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