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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Smart Fortwo - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Smart Fortwo


Today on this 2013 Smart Fortwo were going to install part number C11020. This is what the hitch looks like when its installed on the car. Next well give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 7 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 5 3/8 inches. Now well go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. The first thing we need to do on our install is go ahead and remove the serpentine belt cover.

The serpentine belt will be on the engine in the back located on the right hand side by the suspension components. Now in this particular car it has already come loose from its mounts. It should be up against the frame covering the belts. Well go ahead and move it out of our way for now and then we will reinstall it later. Next we need to remove two existing 12mm bolts at the rear end of the frame. These bolts are a little bit different shape than normal ones, but we we're able to remove these bolts using a 9/16th 12 point socket.

With the bolts out of the way well go ahead and put the hitch up in position using the same existing bolts. When we install the hitch its a good idea to work one side in and then the other. Once the hitch is in place well go ahead and reinstall the two bolts. Well go ahead and snug them down to help hold the hitch up in place. Then well line up the hitch with the already existing holes in the frame. On the passenger side we do have to drill out one extra hole.

With the hitch in place well go ahead and mark out a hole. Once weve made our mark, well go ahead and remove the hitch and get it out of our way. At our mark well go ahead and drill out a inch hole first and then a inch hole. Then we need to ream it out using a high speed rotary tool so we can get our hardware where it will eventually go inside there. One thing you may want to consider while drilling out this hole is you may start off with a one inch hole saw instead.

About the same amount of material is removed. Well go ahead and enlarge our hole until we can get our block and our carriage bolt to go in. Once thats accomplished well go ahead and install our hardware. First off, on the bolt hole going towards the front of the vehicle well go ahead and use the bolt leader that comes with the kit and then run it out the hole that we enlarged. That will be our access hole. Well go ahead and throw it on the block, push in the frame and then throw it in the bolt. Well go ahead and work that into the frame as well. Its a good idea to go ahead and run the bolt head first in, then the rest of the bolt. Then well go ahead and pull our bolt and block through the frame. Now well go ahead and do the same thing with the access hole we made. Except this time, well go ahead and take our bolt and block and put it on our bolt leader before we install it. Then well go ahead and install our bolt by working it into the frame, then our block. Then well go ahead and pull it out back through the same hole. Were done with our passenger side. Well go ahead and repeat the same process over on our drivers side. The only difference there is if the hole is existing we just need to make it larger to install our hardware. With all our hardware installed were almost ready to reinstall the hitch. Before we install the hitch, were going to go ahead and tape some spacers to the hitch to make things a little bit easier to install. Were going to use some clear cellophane tape to help hold the blocks in position. The other U-shaped block, theyll go at the very end of the frame closest to the bumper. That second bolt going towards the front from there well use a block with a round hole. Well go ahead and tape those into place. Now we can go ahead and lift the hitch up and put it in position. When we put the hitch up well hold it up in place with the existing factory bolts. Once thats holding our hitch we can go ahead and install the rest of our hardware. Well go ahead and work with the bolts in the middle by installing the phalange depths on both sides and taking up some of the slack as well. Then well go ahead and install our phalange nut on the drivers side. At this point its a good idea to inspect the spacers to make sure everythings in place. Sometimes you may knock the spacers loose when you install the hitch. Now a final piece of hardware would be the bolt on the passenger side all the way forward. This bolt will also help hold up the serpentine belt cover, so we need to modify it. Well take our cover, using a rotary tool well go ahead and enlarge the hole to match the washer that comes with the kit. This washer will go inside the plastic and keep the plastic from being crushed when the bolts are torqued down. Once we have the hole reamed out well go ahead and put it into place. Were going to put a washer in place and then another flat washer on top of that and then our phalange nut. Then well go ahead and reinstall the forward fastener for our serpentine cover going up towards the front. At this point all our hardware is loosely installed or at least snugged down. Now well go ahead and tighten then down for good and then well torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. There you have it for part number C11020 from Curt on our 2013 Smart Fortwo. .


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