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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Mazda CX-5

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Mazda CX-5

Today on our 2016 Mazda CX5 we're going to take a look at and also show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver. Part number is 76138. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like installed on our CX5. As you can see, it offers a really nice, clean appearance. The crosstube is going to be hidden behind the rear fascia there, so all we're really going to be adding is the receiver tube opening and safety chain connection points. You can see it's going to hug nicely right along the bottom edge of the fascia there and still offer us pretty good ground clearance here behind the vehicle. Now this is a Class 3 hitch so we've got a 2" by 2" receiver tube opening. That's going to be ideal for just about any type of hitch accessory you want to use.

Class 3s are very versatile. Got the rounded-style reinforcement collar here around the end. Something different than other hitches you'll see, there are two holes in the hitch. We only want to use the larger hole that's closest to the front of the vehicle for securing our items. When we do that, we want to use a Class 3 accessory.

You'll see we're going to have plenty of room around there. Whether you're using just a regular pin and clip, locking hitch pin, or anti-rattle device, you should have plenty of room. One anti-rattle device available is the j-pin stabilization system. That's the only time we're going to use this smaller hole. We've got a rounded steel stock safety chain connection point here. Should give us plenty of room to connect just about whatever size chain that you might have. Now this hitch offers a 675 pound tongue weight rating.

That's the maximum downward force that we can put at our receiver tube opening. It gives us a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. That's going to be the total weight of our trailer and then anything we we're to add onto it. You will, however, want to check the owner's manual on the CX5 to see what its tow rating is, and go off whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now a few measurements that are going to be helpful when it comes time to select your ball mount, bike rack, or hitch cargo carrier will be from the ground to the inside top edge of our receiver tube opening we've got about 13-1/2". Then from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of our bumper it's about 3. Now to begin our installation, we're going to need to lower down the exhaust.

We've got a few exhaust hangers. We've got two on the driver side here, one located on the front, one located on the backside of the main exhaust across the rear. We're also going to have one here at the rear and one here at the front. Same position on both sides. Now before we lower those down, we do want to support our exhaust from underneath. We're going to use a cam buckle strap, bring that right along the underside of that exhaust. That's just going to give it something to rest on so we don't do any damage closer towards the front. Now to lower these hangers down, it's a good idea to use a little bit of spray lubricant. You're probably going to need a big screwdriver or a pry bar. Basically, you just want to push out from behind. Once you've got those off, you just rotate them down. Or if you took it off the bottom, just rotate it up. Now while supporting your exhaust, we'll put just a little slack in that strap. That should allow us to move it side to side a little bit so we can access our bolts. Now we'll be using two attachment points on each side of our vehicle. They're going to be exactly the same. Basically you've got the two slightly oblong holes here. We're going to use the one closest to the front of the vehicle on each side. If we look all the way back just in front of the rear edge of the frame, there's going to be a large hole. That's right there. That's actually going to act as our access hole. We're going to take our coiled pull wire, going to go in our forward attachment point. We're going to come down out. Place on the square hole spacer block and also our carriage bolt. We're just going to use the standard pull wire method here. Feed them in separately, bring that down and through just like that. Now for the rear attachment point we're going to use the reverse pull wire method. We'll show you that now. In this case you want to put your spacer block and your bolt together, then thread on your pull wire. Going to place the bolt up in the frame, then your spacer block. Then we'll pull that down through just like that. Now you've got enough pull wire so you can leave one attached to each side, then use it to guide your hitch up into position. I like to have them out of the way just so I can put the washer and nut on immediately. At this point we can go to the driver side and we'll repeat the exact same process there. Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we'll get our hitch lifted up into position. One thing you want to do, remember when I took our exhaust hangers off, I took them off at the top and they we're still hanging on the bottom. You want to take those off and put them on the top. Once your hitch is in position, you're not going to be able to do that, so it's important that these are on the top hangers. Then we'll lift our hitch in. Now you will pull down on your fascia just slightly here to allow your hitch to clear. Then we'll bring our bolts right down through our two holes. I'm going to slide on a conical tooth washer. The teeth of that washer should face up towards the hitch. Then we'll thread on one of our hex nuts. Once we run those up to where they're snug, that should hold our hitch in position, will allow us to get the rest of our hardware in place. Now we want to go through and snug down our hardware. For the rear bolt here you're going to need a longer extension. We're going to use a 6" here. That will allow us to get on it, or a swivel might also work. When you torque it down, also going to need an extension, so keep that in mind. Now we're going to go through and we want to get all of our hardware torqued down to the specification. You'll find that listed in your instructions. Now we'll put a little bit more spray lubricant on our exhaust hangers. We'll start getting it back into position. It's going to be a little tight between the hitch but it will go. You'll just press your exhaust over towards the passenger side, bring it up. We'll get this side started. Then we'll reverse it on the other side. We'll push it as far as over this way as we can. inaudible 00:06:37. Then the front hangers will be right up here. They should just slide on inaudible 00:06:43. Now with our exhaust back in place, we can take down our strap and our hitch will be ready for use. That's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Class 3 trailer hitch receiver, part number 76138, on our 2016 Mazda CX5.

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