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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Chevrolet Equinox - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2015 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch Class 3, 2 inch Receiver Tube Hitch, part number 87572. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 3/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 14 3/4 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead with the installation. To begin the install of our hitch, we'll first need to remove the rear fascia piece. This fascia is held in with some plastic fasteners, so we'll squeeze the two lower fasteners and we'll pop the five fasteners across the top loose.

Once we have it popped loose, we can remove it. With the fascia out of the way, we'll set it aside, as it will not be re-installed. We're going to have a total of six attachment points. The two on the outside of the frame rail will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. The two in the center attachment point, which will go through the center of the bumper structure, will be carriage bolt and block. That will get fed into place and down through the pre-drilled holes.

Some applications, the pre-drilled holes will actually have weld nuts in it, and in those cases the hardware is also provided. To get our carriage bolt and block here into the center of the bumper structure, we can use our bolt leader or pull wire that's provided with the install kit and feed it out the end of the hollow bumper structure. I'll take my bolt leader, feed it through the attachment point and then out the end of the bumper. Once it comes out the bumper, I'll slide on my block and then thread on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block and carriage bolt into the frame separately and pull them into position. Once in place, I'm going to remove my pull wire and repeat the same process for the other side, keeping in mind that all of our attachment points are the same from side to side, so each process we do on the driver's side will get repeated identically on the passenger side, or vice versa.

Second carriage bolt into place, we're going to move to the frame attachment points. We'll clean them out before we attempt to install the new hardware, because over time these weld nuts are going to build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris and can make it difficult to install the new fasteners. To clean out the weld nut, we're going to use our spray lubricant. Thoroughly spray down the threads of the weld nut and then take our half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092 and thoroughly clean out the threads. Now that we have the weld nuts cleaned out, we'll take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure they go nice and easily. Once our fastener will go in nice and easily, we know that the weld nut is thoroughly cleaned out and we're ready to repeat the same process for the other three weld nut attachment points. With all our attachment points cleaned out, we're ready for our install.

For the side frame fasteners, we'll again be using the 12 mm bolt, along with a half inch conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch going into the weld nut. For our center attachment point, securing the carriage bolt and block will be our half inch flange nut. Here at the bottom of the frame, we'll have our forward attachment points, we'll reuse the access hole as also the attachment point. For that hardware, we're going to use a half inch carriage bolt, just like we used one for the center bumper structure, a large spacer block. We'll use the reverse pull method to get our block and bolt into the frame and then back down over the access hole to become our attachment point, where it will then go through the hitch and get secured with a conical tooth washer, again the teeth of the washer will face the hitch, and a half inch nut. Now that we have that in place, we'll take our half inch bolt leader that's provided with our install kit and put our hardware in place. To do that, we'll be using the reverse pull method by putting our block onto the bolt leader first, followed by the carriage bolt that will get threaded on. We'll then feed our carriage bolt into the attachment point first, followed by the block. Once into the frame, we can pull them back down over our access hole to create the attachment point. I'm going to leave my bolt leader attached as it will assist with getting our hitch up into place without pushing the hardware back up into the frame. With our attachment points prepared and our hardware in place, we're ready to put our hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll bring the hitch to the vehicle and feed the pull wire through the forward attachment point, go around our fascia, bring the hitch up tight to the bumper structure, making sure we don't loose the carriage bolts back up into the frame and then we can install the bolts into the weld nut to hold our hitch in place. Next, we'll remove the bolt leaders and install our fasteners here at the forward or bottom of the frame attachment points. Once we have our hardware in place, we can tighten it down. With all our fasteners tightened down, we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all our fasteners tightened down and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That does it for our install of our Hidden Hitch, part number 87572 on our 2015 Chevy Equinox. .

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