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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Dodge Journey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Dodge Journey


All right. Today on this 2014 Dodge Journey, we going to install part number 13335 from Curt. All right, this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next, we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From top of receiver opening, down to the ground, will be about 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole, to the edge of the bumper, will be around 2 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start off our install, we're going to go ahead and have our spare tire already removed.

This will make installation a lot easier. Next, we need to lower the exhaust. Before we do that, we will go ahead and put a strap underneath the exhaust, to help support it, while we remove the rubber hangers. To remove the rubber hangers, we're going to spray them down with some lubricant. Then, pry them off. On the passenger side of this vehicle, was a grounding strap that goes to the exhaust to the frame.

Be sure to unclip that, before you lower the exhaust. We'll use our strap to help lower exhaust and out of the way. Next, we'll go ahead and show you where the hardware installs in the hitch. On the two holes on the hitch that go towards the front of the vehicle, we'll get a carriage bolt, a small block and a flange nut. The holes closest to the bumper will get a large block, a carriage bolt, and between the hitch and the frame will get a wedge, with the thick end of the wedge going out towards the bumper. Then, underneath, will get a flange nut. Now that we know how the hardware fits the hitch, we'll go ahead and install it into the frame.

We'll go ahead and run the bolt leader through 1 hole and then out through the square hole, going towards the front of the vehicle. We'll slip on our block, push it into the frame, and then thread in our bolt. Push it into the frame, and pull it out. We've got one hole done. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the next one. For holes closest to the bumper, we need to run our bolt leader out towards the side.

We'll install our large block and bolt. We're done with our driver's side. We'll go ahead and repeat all of this, on the passenger side. With all our hardware installed into the frame, we'll go ahead and take a moment and take the wedges and tape them to the hitch. This will hold the wedges in place while we install the hitch. With an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and lift up the hitch. We'll go ahead and push the bolts through. We'll install flange nuts on the bottom. Once all our flange nuts are installed, we'll go ahead and snug down the nuts. We'll go ahead and torque down the hardware, as described in the instructions. With that, our hitch is fully installed. We can go ahead and reinstall our exhaust, as well as our grounding strap. Then, put the spare tire back up. There you have it, for part number 13335 from Curt, on our 2014 Dodge Journey. .






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