Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Pilot - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Pilot


Today on our 2016 Honda Pilot we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the CURT Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver. This is going to offer the 2" opening, it's part number C13146. Here's what our hitch looks like installed in the vehicle. As you can see, just a really narrow area where we can actually see any cosmetic change. Our main cross tube is up here behind the rear bumper, and this is one of the easier hitches that there is out there to get put on your car. We've already got existing weld nuts, we're going to use 3 bolts on each side to secure it right up to the frame rail. This is a class 3, so we've got a 2" x 2" opening, offers just a lot of options as far as accessories we want to put in there, there's lots of room around the hitch, so any of the accessories, whether you want to use a hitch pen, a hitch pen lock, anti-rattle device, regardless of what it is you're going to have enough room here to operate that.

We've got the standard 5/8ths diameter pin hole, so your class 3 accessories are what you're going to want to look for, and you can see the safety chain connection points here are kind of a rolled stock style. Just about any kind of safety chain will connect right in there, you won't have to worry about it. Now, if you are going to be towing, the hitch is going to over a 6,000lbs gross trailer weight rating, so that's going to be the total weight of your trailer and everything loaded up on it. The ton weight, or the downward pressure, downward force we can put right here on the receiver tube opening, that's going to be 900lbs. If we go into the weight distribution setup we're going to change that gross trailer weight rating up to 8,000lbs, where our ton weight rating is going to stay the same at 900. Of course we do want to refer to the owner's manual on the Pilot.

Make sure it can handle those kinds of loads. If you not, we'll go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. A few measurements that are going to be helpful in selecting our ball mount bike rack or even hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receive tube opening, we've got about 14-1/2". Then from the center of our hitch pin hold to the outer most edge of our bumper it's about 3". To begin our installation we're going to get into the rear hatch here and we're going to remove any of the floor coverings that might be in there, and just kind of set them aside for now. We're looking to gain access to this little cap right here that says 'Spare Tire', and what we want to do is just kind of pop that cover off and below it we'll see the little grommet.

Pop that up, it's going to give us access to that little square stud there. We're going to use that to lower our spare tire time. We'll just grab our tire tool and go ahead and lower that down. Let's go ahead and move this out of the way and set it aside for now. Now you can see our attachment points here, we're going to have 3 weld nuts, same spot on each side, we're going to hit each of one of these with a little bit of spray lubricant, and then with a nylon tube brush. This is part number 814092, if you don't already have one at home, pick it up.

We're just trying to free any debris or crud that might have built up in those weld nuts while we've been cruising down the road. Now with the cleaned out let's go ahead and raise our hitch up into position. It's a good idea to get yourself an extra set of hands when doing it, it can be a little bit awkward to line the holes up with the attachment points. Then we'll thread in one of our bolts on each side. We want to make sure we've got them started really well, and we can just allow the hitch to rest there while we take care of the other side. While that's resting on those 2 bolts let's get our other 4 fasteners in place. Now with all 6 started let's take a quick a look, just to be sure we have our hitch centered on the vehicle, and then we'll snug those fasteners down. We'll check our instructions, find out our torque specifications, and we'll torque them all down to that specification. You can see as a byproduct of me pushing on that tail pipe to get access to that bolt that hanger has come loose, so we just want to rotate it up, swing it back out. It might not be a bad idea just to go ahead and push that off to give you a little flexibility in this tail pipe to get to that bolt, but that's up to you. Now we'll get our spare tire put back into place. I like to rest it right up on the backside of that hitch, that's going to help guide it up into position properly, and then we use our tool and just reverse the process we did before. Check to make sure it's up under the vehicle secure, not hung up on our hitch. It's perfect. Then we can replace our caps up here on the top, and once we have our tire tools put back in place and our 4 coverings back in there, we're going to have our job done. With everything back in place that's going to complete today's installation of the CURT Custom Fit Class 3 Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13146, on our 2016 Honda Pilot.


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