Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Nissan Murano - Hidden Hitch

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Nissan Murano

Today on our 2015 Nissan Murano, we're going to review and install Hidden Hitch class III 2-inch receiver tube hitch, part number 87679. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. Now you can see it's got a nice stylish round cross two 00:00:16 into a fully-welded construction. It's got a nice black powder-coated finish on the entire hitch so it blends in nicely with the underbody of the vehicle. The main portion of the hitch is tucked up nicely under the rear fascia. The only thing really accessible is our chain hold down on either side of the receiver tube.

The 5/8 pin hole is predrilled and our 2-inch by 2-inch class III receiver tube. One of the really nice features of this hitch is the prewelded bracket attached to the hitch for your electrical connections. The hitch itself is capable of up to 600 pounds of tongue weight and a 4,000-pound fill 00:00:55 capacity. Next I'll give you a couple measurements. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4-1/4 inches.

From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 12-1/4 inches. We'll now go ahead and show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch. Here we have our scraper, tube brush with some spray lubricant, 19-mm socket and extension along with our ratchet for tightening and our torque wrench. Now let's go ahead and show you how to install the hitch. Now to begin our install, let's go ahead and point out the attachment points. Our attachment points are going to be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer.

Here on the driver's side just behind the exhaust hanger is going to be our forward attachment point. The next one will be our center attachment point and then closest to the end of the frame will be our third and rear attachment point for the driver's side. Now on the passenger side it's also going to be the weld nuts but we're just going to have two attachment points. From the end of the frame it's the first and the second weld nut. Now before we put our hitch in place, we're going to do a little prep work. Now on some applications on the bottom of the frame is going to be an undercoating or some overspray.

We need to clean that off so that the hitch can sit flush with the bottom of the frame. Just using a scraper, we'll go ahead and peel off this overspray. Next we're going to go ahead and clean off the weld nuts. The weld nuts over time are going to build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris so it can be difficult to get the new hardware started. We'll use a spray lubricant, a 1/2-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092, to thoroughly clean out those threads. Then once we have them cleaned out, we can go ahead and take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure it's going to go nice and easily. Then we can go ahead and repeat the same process for all of the attachment points. Keep in mind that each process we do here on the driver's side is going to get repeated identically on the passenger side. Now the hardware for each of the five attachment points is going to be a 12-mm bolt and 1/2 coggle tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it will go through the hitch attachment point and into the weld nut. We're now ready to go in and install the hitch. 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 go ahead and bring the hitch up to the bottom of the frame and just get our fasteners started. As we install our fasteners, we'll just thread them in finger tight till we have them all in place. Now once we have our fasteners installed, we can go ahead and tighten them down. Now with all our fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed, tightened down and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That'll do it for the review and install of our Hidden Hitch class III 2-inch receiver tube hitch, part number 87679 on our 2015 Nissan Murano. .

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