Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Audi Q7

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How to Install a Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Audi Q7

Today on your 2014 Audi Q7, we're going to be installing Draw-Tite, Class 3, 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. This is what our hitch is going to look like when it's installed.The cross tube is going to be completely hidden behind the bumper so you're only going to be able to see the receiver tube sticking out the back here. It's a Class 3, 2 inch by 2 inch receiver so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs. Whether you're just loading up some bikes on a bike rack for the weekend or if you're going to hit the lake, you can pull your boat behind it as well.The hitch will us a 5/8th inch hitch pinning clip, now one doesn't come included with your hitch but you can pick one up here at etrailer.com. You'll have plate style safety chain loops that are going to vertical down here below your receiver. And there's a nice large opening arm so it should accommodate just about every shape, size and style of safety chain.Just to the rear of our larger hitch pin hole you're going to have a second hole.

And this allows it accommodate a J-pin. A J-pin's very similar to your regular hitch pin except it wraps around and also presses into this smaller hole against any device that's inside your receiver.This will press it nice and tight, acting as an anti-rattle device. J-pin's also lock to protect your expensive accessories. It feature a 750 pound tongue weight and that the force going down on top of the receiver and a 7500 pound gross towing capacity. That's how much you can pull behind it.

That's a pretty substantial weight rating for this hitch so you should be able to haul campers, boats and many large trailer with this. Now you do want to verify in your vehicles owners manual to ensure you don't exceed any of the towing capacity.We'll being our installation on either the driver or the passenger side. We're currently on the passenger side on our rear wheel well. This is behind the wheel. There's going to be several torque bolts that we're going to need to remove using a T-25 torque socket.

We're going to be removing these so we can pull the fender liner back to access the bolts behind it. There's a total of three that we'll be removing on each side.You can then peel your fender liner back revealing a bolt, located behind it here. You're going to use the same size toque socket to remove that bolt as well. Now you want to keep in mind that everything we do on one side we're going to be doing on the other.We're now underneath the back of the vehicle and we want to remove the access panel here. There's two pins, you just want to turn those and then you can pull the covering off and set it aside.

And then along the backside where we just removed our panel there's going to be five bolts that we're going to remove with the same T-25 toque.We're now back up on top, we've opened up our lift gate, we're going to need to access some of the bolts that are located underneath our threshold here. We're going to remove the access cover here. We want to take out our storage tray. On each side you're going to have an elongated opening and there's going to be two studs inside with nuts that we're going to need to remove.We'll remove those two nuts inside using a 10 millimeter socket. You're going to need a deep-well socket in order to get on those. We'll use a magnet to retrieve the nuts once their loose. With those nuts removed we can start peeling our fascia off. We're going to start on one side on the fender well and we're just going to start peeling it back. Once you get one side peeled back you'll want to stop, go to the other side, you don't want to pull it all the way off. There is electrical connectors that are going to be behind the fascia that we're going to remove to get it all the way off.Now that we've got each side removed we can come towards the center and start peeling it off. Now that we've got it peeled back you can see our electrical connectors located here. We're going to want to disconnect all of these. The release tabs are located here, you'll want to push those kind of like a down and back motion to allow you to release it. Some of them can be kind of stubborn so you may need to use a screwdriver to assist you getting them disconnected.With all of our electrical connectors disconnected we can take our fascia and set it aside where it won't get damaged. We can now remove our bumper beam, there's going to be four bolts holding it in on each side. Two on top and two on the bottom. We're going to use an 18 millimeter socket to remove those.You want to save these bolts, we'll be using them to install our hitch. Once I get down to the last bolt on each side I like to leave one there just to hold it up and I'll remove it by hand when I'm ready to take the beam off.We can then take our beam off, we're going to set it aside as won't be reinstalling it. We can now lift our hitch up, line it up with the weld-nuts where we removed our bumper beam and use the hardware that was holding our bumper beam in place to attach it.Once you get one started on each side it will make it easier by holding the hitch up to get the rest of your hardware installed. We can now tighten them down. You can then go back and toque all your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions.We can now reinstall our our fascia in the reverse order that we removed it. You want to make sure that when you're putting it on you line your hitch up to the opening in the cover that we had removed and that you also plug in your electrical connectors.When reinstalling the nuts onto the studs into your bumper, it can be a little difficult to get those nuts back in there. If you put it in your socket first it can help to feed it down in there but it can just fall out of the socket. To help keep it in the socket if you place a piece of paper towel over it, then slide the nut in that will hold it tighter inside of the socket. Making it easier to get it started. Once you get it started then you can then remove the paper towel.And with our fascia reinstalled we can put our storage trays back in and we're all set. And that completes our installation of Draw-Tite's Class 3, 2 inch trailer hitch receiver on your 2014 Audi Q7.

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