Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Acura MDX - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Acura MDX


Today on our 2015 Acura MDX, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13146. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is completely hidden behind the bumper. This is going to be a class 3. It's going to be 2 inch by 2 inch. The hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter. It's going to have loop style safety chain rings which gives you plenty of space for your safety chains, front and back.

This hitch is going to have a 900 pound max tongue weight which is going to be the downward force on the receiver tube. It's going to have a 6,000 pound max trailer weight, which is going to be the trailer and the load included. You can use weight distribution with this hitch. It's going to be the same 900 pounds on the tongue weight max. However, the trailer weight is going to be 8,000 pounds. Again, it's going to be trailer and load included.

However, I do recommend you check your owner's manual to make sure your vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You want to pick the weight that is the lowest between the hitch and your vehicle. Now we will give you a couple measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mount accessories you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the bumper will be about 2 and a 1/2 inches. From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube will be about 14 and a 1/2 inches. Now let's show you how to get this installed. Beginner installation, we need to lower our spare tire.

To get to our spare tire, we need to remove that tray and you're going to see a rubber plug right here. We're going to use your tool from your kit to lower your tire. I'm going to use a different tool, just to make it a little faster. Now that we have our spare tire down on the ground, we're going to take this plastic piece and we're going to feed it up on the wire and go ahead and pass it through the hole first. Then we're just going to put our tire out of the way. Next what we want to do is we're going to spray some lubricant inside of our existing well nuts and then take a brush.

We're just going to kind of scrape them out and clean them up. Good idea to take your hardware and just kind of turn it in with your hand and make sure it goes in nice and easy, and you're going to do this with all six holes. Now, with an extra set of hands, go ahead and put your hitch into place. You're going to take your bolt, your conical tube washer with the teeth facing up toward the hitch. And we're going to repeat that same process on the other side. Next we're going to tighten up all of our hardware. We're going to use a 7/8 inch socket. And we're going to repeat that same process on the other side. Next, we're going to torque it down to the specifications in the instructions. Now that we have our hitch installed, we're going to reinstall our spare tire. And that'll do it for the Curt Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver Part number C13146 on our Acura MDS.


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