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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Ford Fusion - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Ford Fusion


Today on our 2016 Ford Fusion, we'll be reviewing and installing the Curt custom-fit class II trailer hitch receiver, part number C12091. Here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. You're going to see that it's going to be tucked up underneath the back side of the vehicle, and not visible, with exception to the 1 1/4-inch by 1 1/4-inch receiver tube, and your chain tie-downs. It's going to ave that 1/2-inch hole going all the way through, a fully-welded construction with that black powder coat finish to help prevent any kind of rust and corrosion, and it's going to be capable of carrying 350 pounds of ton weight and 3,500 pounds of gross trailer weight. Keep in mind that if you're going to be carrying anything that's non-trailer, such as your bike racks or cargo carriers, you're going to want to use stabilization straps. Also keep in mind that with this class 2 trailer hitch receiver, you also have your pin and clip included. Your drop bar will be sold separately.

I'll go ahead and give you few measurements to assist you in selecting from hitch accessories, such as bike racks and cargo carriers. From the center of the pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper, it's going to be about 5 1/4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground, it's going to be about 10 3/4 inches. Now I'll show you how it's installed. First thing we're going to need to do in our installation of our Curt class II trailer hitch receiver is go ahead and remove the plastic fascia 00:01:23 with the heat shield on it from the back side of the vehicle. There's going to be six 7-millimeter screws fastened to the back, as well as 2 push tabs.

On the front side you're going to have four 10-millimeter nuts that you will need to remove. Let's go ahead and start off with the 10-millimeter nuts. You'll have 2 on the outer edges and 2 on the center, and finally the last 10-millimeter one on the outside. Let's go ahead and remove the six 7-millimeter fasteners on the back side. Once you have the fascia removed, we'll go ahead and set that on the side, since it will not be reinstalled. Now we'll go ahead and place our first fish wire in the rear access hole here.

This will be our attachment point here, and the bigger access hole here. First off make sure that your hardware fits through the hole. If it does not, you'll need to find a hole that it does. Knowing that we're going to have to pull everything through the back hole here, we're going to send our fish wire over to that hole. You may need to bend it a little bit to give you better access. Once you have it through the hole, we'll then go ahead and place our block over the top, just like so, and press that up into the hole, followed by threading on your 1/2 inch carriage hole.

Once you have it threaded on, go ahead and pull it up and through the frame, and out the attachment hole. We'll go ahead and repeat that same process for this one here. It is very important that you make sure that you leave the fish wires attached, so when you place up your hitch, you can pull the wires through and keep the attachment points where they need to be, instead of pressing the bolts back up into the frame. Once you have both of those in place, we'll go ahead and repeat that same process in the identical spots on the driver's side. With all of our hardware and 1/2 inch bolts in place, we'll go ahead and raise our hitch up, placing the fish wires through the holes in the hitch, and then placing on our flange nuts on the bottom side. Make sure that you pull the fish wires down, so that your bolts line up. Once you have it where it needs to be, go ahead and place on your flange nuts on the bottom side, being careful not to press the hardware back up into the frame. We'll go ahead and repeat that same process on the passenger's side. Now we'll go ahead and tighten them down, and then torque them to manufacturer's specifications. That will do it for our review and installation of the Curt custom-fit class II trailer hitch receiver, part number C12091 on our 2016 Ford Fusion.


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