Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Toyota Venza - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Toyota Venza


Today on our 2013 Toyota Venza, we'll be installing the Curt hitch, part number 13356. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 3-1/2". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 13-1/2". This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier.

Now let's go ahead with installation. Note: this is an all-wheel drive application with rear sway control, so we'll need to remove the rear sway bar brackets. To remove them, we'll remove the bolt that fastens the bracket to the frame, and the nut that secures the lower portion of the bracket. We'll hang on to the bracket and lower nut, as it will be reused to reinstall the bracket. We can go ahead and remove the stickers, or covers, over the rear two attachment points. This will be the same on both sides.

Keep in mind that when securing the hitch, each process we'll do to one side we'll repeat identically on the opposite side. Here we'll have a total of 6 attachment points, 3 on each side. We're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. Securing the hitch, we'll use the new 10mm bolt and 3/8 conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners.

As we feed the hitch up over the exhaust, pull it down, especially here on the driver's side, to get the hitch up above the exhaust. We'll install the center and rear attachment points, and make sure they install finger tight first. Now we'll go to the forward attachment point, where we'll reinstall the rear sway bar bracket. As we reinstall it over the lower post or stud, we'll install a spacer block, then the bracket, and secure it with the manufacturer's nut. Then we can go ahead and install the new fastener through the bracket, through the hitch, and into the weld nut. Now with all our hardware in place, we can go ahead and tighten it down.

Next we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. That'll complete the install of the Curt hitch, part number 13356 on our 2013 Toyota Venza. .


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