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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Buick Enclave

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Buick Enclave

Speaker 1: Today on this 2018 Buick Enclave, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the draw type class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76184.Here's what our hitch looks like installed. As you'll notice, it's completely hidden behind our fascia. You don't see it all. In order to access it, we can easily remove our factory covers by twisting these two clips on the bottom and we'll pull it down. Inside we'll find out hitch receiver right here. Now, this hitch is great because it easily conceals behind the fascia, so you don't even know it's there.

Also, we have plenty of clearance around the hitch which makes it a great hitch to use for bike racks, cargo carriers, and if you want to two a trailer, it'll work perfect with a ball mount as well.On the side of our receiver you'll find out industry standard five eighth of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure a hitch mounted accessory with a pin and clip. You can pick up a pin and clip separately on our website as part number PC3.On the left side of the receiver you'll find something unique to this hitch. We find a wiring attachment point to attach any of our wiring harnesses that you may need to tow your trailer such as a full pull flat or seven way RV. We have several different wiring harnesses available for you on our website.Now, this hitch has a 750 pound max tongue weight rating which is the amount forcing down and a 5000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the mount it can pull.This hitch does support the use of weight distribution so if you want to use that for your trailer, it's not a problem. However, our numbers don't change at all.

They stay the same at 750 pounds tongue weight rating and a 5000 pound max gross trailer weight rating.On the bottom of our hitch, you'll find our rolled steel safety chain loops. What's nice about these is that even if we're using a large diameter safety chain hook such as this one, you can still clip on real easily and remove it real easily.Now, compared to other hitch options out there, this one is the most concealed and is the best looking hitch for your Enclave. However, because of that is also is the most difficult to install because you do have to remove your rear fascia in order to get into place.Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cart or carrier. You're looking at about 20 and a half inches from the ground to the top of the two inch receiver opening and about three inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rear most part of the back bumper.Now, that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed.To begin our install, we'll open our rear hatch. Now, we have two covers on each side of our hatch that we need to pry open.

Let's use a flat had screwdriver. Pry it open. It's got a little tether that'll hold it in place. And we'll do this on both sides. Now we'll remove the seven millimeter screws that are behind these covers.

And now below our bottom seven millimeter screw on each side we'll find a t20 Torx screw to remove. Now, on each one of our wheel wells on the outer edge where our fascia meets our wheel liner, we'll have four t15 Torx screws to remove.Now we'll pull back on our fender liner and where our fascia meets our fender, we have a seven millimeter screw to remove. Now underneath our fascia near each one of our mufflers we'll find a t15 screw that holds it to a metal support tab. Remove both of these on each side.Now, with an extra set of hands we'll grab our fascia at the corner where it meets our fender and pull back away from the vehicle. Now, on the driver's side we do have a wiring harness that we need to disconnect. We'll do that simply by sliding this red lock tab back, pushing on the black tab, and pull to separate.Now we'll set our fascia aside where it won't get damaged. Now, if you're going to be installing trailer wiring at the same time as you're installing your hitch, this is a great opportunity to do it because this is your factory two package connector and it's much easier to get to with the fascia off.Now we need to remove our factory bumper beam. In order do this we'll have two 15 millimeter bolts which also hold our exhaust hanger up on the bottom and two 15 millimeter nuts at the top. Now we can grab our bumper beam and pull it away from the vehicle.We will not be reinstalling this so we can just discard it if we want to. Now we can take our hitch. We'll slide it into our frame rails and hang it over the studs on each side. With our hitch in place, we can reinstall the factory nuts on the top. Now we'll tighten down our hardware. Our replacement bolts on the bottom are now a 17 millimeter so we'll tighten those down with the appropriate socket.Now that we've tightened all of our bolts on each side that flex the hitch against the vehicle to conform to its proper shape. So now we can remove our bottom two bolts here. This will allow us to lower the exhaust in order to install our hardware up top.Now above our muffler, we have two holes in the frame. One towards the front of the vehicle and one towards the back. We'll take our fish wire now and go through the forward most hole first and route it out the bumper beam and it'll come through an access hole on our hitch. We'll place on one of our spacer blocks. Stick that inside the frame, and we'll throw it on our one of our carriage bolts. We'll push that inside the frame as well and now we'll pull the bolt through and we can remove our pull wire.Now place on conical tooth washer going up towards the body of the vehicle and the hitch and we'll throw it on one of our nuts. Now we'll do the same for our rear in the hitch. Now repeat the same process for the other side. Now we'll go ahead and tighten the hardware on the bottom. Now we'll torque our hardware on the bottom.Now we can raise our exhaust back up and reinstall our bottom bolts here on the hitch itself that hold our exhaust hangers in place as well. I'll tighten these bolts down. And now we'll torque down our bolts on the bottom and then our nuts on the top.Now we can reinstall our fascia, making sure we plug back in any electrical connectors that we had.And that completes a look at and showing you how to install the draw type class three trailer hitch receiver, part number 76184 on this 2018 Buick Enclave.

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