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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe

Today on our 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This offers a 2 inch opening. It's part number is C13153l. Here's what our Santa Fe's going to look like with the hitch installed. As you can see, our cover goes right back on, keeps it out of sight when we don't need it. When we do need it, we'll pull out the 2 push-pin fasteners on each side and squeeze in on the 2 tabs.

There you can see our 2 by 2 inch receiver, ready for use. It's a nice-looking hitch. It's really hidden up behind the rear bumper. You're not going to see anything hanging down. Standard 5/8ths inch pinhole. That's going to work with all the 5/8ths inch hitch pin accessories.

Got our safety chain connection points here on each side. It has a really nice tow rating. As far as tongue weight rating goes, which is the maximum downward pressure we can put on the hitch, it's 900 pounds with a gross trailer weight rating of up to 6,000 pounds. That's going to be the total of your trailer and everything you've got loaded. It's really a nice heavy duty hitch.

If we go into a weight distribution set-up, our gross tongue weight's going to stay the same. Our tongue weight rating's going to stay the same at 900 and the max trailer weight is going to go up to 8,000 pounds. Of course, we need to refer to the manual of the Hyundai, make sure it can handle it and go off of whatever of those numbers are the lowest. It's real simple bull-pin installation. You'll have to lower the spare tire a little bit, just for a little bit of clearance, but other than that really straight forward, easy to do. Now a few measurements that'll be helpful when selecting your ball mount, bike rack or maybe hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening, we've got about 15 and 5/8ths of an inch.

From the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of our bumper, it's about 5. Now we're going to start our install by removing our middle cover here. We'll hang on to this. We'll be able to reinstall it later. Next step's going to be to clear off the rear part of our floor here. We're going to open our cover, and then lower our spare tire. We'll just open up the cover here, and then we'll see the almost like a bolt head we'll use to back it up. We just need to lower that down far enough to get it out of our way. With that out of the way, we'll get our hitch raised up into position. We're going to line our 2 long holes with the 2 weld nuts underneath here. We're thread our bolt right up in there. Once we have that started with a few good turns, we can let it rest on there and we'll go over and take care our other side. Go ahead and thread in one of them here on our other side. We'll let them rest on those while we get the rest started. We'll take our longer carriage bolts. We're going to slide them through our upper mounting locations. We'll slide these through from the inside to the outside. Outside here, we'll place on our flange nuts. We can head over to the driver's side and repeat that same process. Here you can see our bumper alignment tab. It's kind of interfering with where our bolt wants to go, so we'll pull that out with a pair of pliers. We'll just bend that down to give us the clearance we need for our bolt to slide in. Now let's refer to our instructions, find out what our torque specs are, and get everything torqued down to specification. With everything tightened down to specification, our hitch is going to be installed. Now we just need to raise our spare tire back up. We can just take our appearance panel and pop it right on the back here, just re-secure it with the 2 push-pin fasteners. Now our hitch will be there when we need it, but out of sight when we don't. With our cover replaced, that's going to complete today's installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13153, on our 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Tyler R.


What about wiring on this model i have a 2015 hyundai sante fe limited ultimate?

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Jon G.


For a 4-Way harness I recommend the T-One # 118269 if you have the tow package. If you don't have the tow package then you'll want the Curt # C56184 instead.

Mike K.


I tightened everything until it was tight. I didn't have a wrench that displayed torque. Do you think this could be a problem?

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Chris R.


You will absolutely need to find a torque wrench to make sure all the hardware is tightened down to the specs listed in the manual. If you go up to a local auto parts store like Auto Zone they'll usually let you borrow a torque wrench.

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