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Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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How to Install the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Chrysler Pacifica we're gonna be taking a look at and I'm gonna show you how to install the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76046.This is what our trailer hitch looks like when it's installed. You can see the cross tube is completely hidden behind the bumper fascia. The only thing we're really going to see is our receiver tube and our added on plate here for our wiring accessories. This is going to be a class three hitch. It's going to be a 2 inch by 2 inch. Hitch pin hole is going to be 5/8 inch in diameter.

It's going to take a standard 5/8 inch hitch pin. You can find one on our website using part number PC3. The smaller hole towards the back here is for a J-pin stabilization device only. What that does is take the shake and play out of any of your hitch mount accessories. Again, that part does not come with the hitch, however you can find one of those on our website.

Also, we're going to have plate style safety chain loops. It's going to give us plenty of room for different size safety chain hooks.As far as our weight capacities go with this hitch, we're going to have a 675 pound max tongue weight, which is the downward pressure on the inside of the receiver tube. We're going to have a 4,500 pound max trailer weight, which is the trailer plus anything loaded on it. I do recommend checking the owner's manual of your Pacifica to make sure the vehicle can withstand that amount of weight. You want to pick the lowest number between the vehicle and the hitch.

Now this hitch is rated for weight distribution. Tongue weight is going to stay the same, however your trailer weight is going to go up to 5,000 pounds. As far as the installation goes, it's pretty straightforward installation. I do recommend getting an extra set of hands to help hold the hitch into place until you get your hardware in.Now let's give you a few measurements to help you when deciding on any hitch mounted accessories you may need. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper is going to be about 5 inches.

From the ground to the top innermost part of the receiver tube it's going to be about 12 inches. Now let's show you how to get this installed.The first thing we need to do is start by removing our underbody panel. We're going to have six, one, two, three, four, five, six, 8 millimeter head bolts that run across the back and then down our driver's fender there. Take an 8 millimeter socket to remove them. We'll have three 8 millimeter head bolts in our fender well. We'll use socket wrench with the 8 millimeter socket. We'll take a 10 millimeter socket and we'll have five plastic nuts here. We'll have two 10 millimeter head bolts here. Then we'll have two more 10 millimeter plastic nuts here. We'll take a large flathead screwdriver and we're going to have two of these. Now one thing about these is if you turn them they may not come loose, so with our panel loose here we're going to reach up and put just a little bit of downward pressure on it. We'll do the same thing with this one here. Now we'll go ahead and remove our panel, set it aside. We're going to need to trim it later on.We're going to need to lower our exhaust before doing that. We're going to use a safety strap. I like to hook mine, and just hook it to the spring. You can hook it anywhere that it's going to support our exhaust. We're going to have two hangers we're going to need to remove. We're going to be taking this one off, and we're going to have another one right here. We're going to take some lubricant, go ahead and spray our hanger down. If you don't have lubricant, soapy water works just as well. Take a pry bar and just pry that off. We're going to have one more we're going to remove. It's towards the front of the vehicle a little bit more. Go ahead and spray that down just like we did the other two. Then we need to remove our heat shield. We're going to have two more 10 millimeter plastic nuts. We're going to have one here, and you're going to have one right back here.Pull the heat shield down. We're going to trim our heat shield. You can see the section that I have marked out per our instructions. You measure from here up to get your measurement. We're going up per our instructions 11 inches. Then we're just going to cut off this whole section. I'm going to use some aviation sheers or tin snips. We can go ahead and reinstall the remaining portion of our heat shield.Next we're going to install our hardware. We're going to be using this hole, this hole, and this hole. In your kit you're going to get some pull wires like this, some carriage bolts, and you're going to get two different size spacer blocks. You're going to have a couple of shorter ones and a couple of longer ones. We're going to start with our shorter spacer blocks. We're going to be going into this hole. What we're going to do is we're going to take the spring end of our wire, we're going to feed it through here, and we're going to come out here. Just like that. Put your spacer block on. Make sure you hold onto your wire so you don't pull it through. Thread it on, thread your bolt on your pull wire. Push your spacer block up in first. Then you're going to push your bolt inside. Then pull it out like that. You're going to do the same thing here using a short spacer block.For the last hole we're going to use the longer spacer block, carriage bolt, pull wire. We're going to go ahead and thread our bolt onto our pull wire. This time we're going to do a reverse pull, so we're going to do it a little bit different. We're going to push our bolt in the hole first, then our spacer block, and just pull it back down. Then we're going to repeat this process on the passenger side.Next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our hitch and we're going to slide it up onto our exhaust on our passenger side, and we're going to allow our exhaust to hold it up. We're going to take our pull wires on the driver's side, put them in the corresponding holes. Slide it up in place. Remove the pull wire. Take a conical tooth washer, you're going to make sure the teeth are facing towards the hitch, put it on. Then inaudible 00:07:37. Now we'll go ahead and install one of our nuts and washers on the passenger side to help hold our hitch in place while we install the remaining hardware.Now we'll use a 22 millimeter socket and tighten all of our hardware. Then we're going to torque our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Now we'll reinstall our exhaust. Remove the pull strap or support strap. Next we're going to trim our underbody panel. We're going to measure in 6 inches, which is about right to this inaudible 00:08:40 here. We're going to go straight across, which is going to come out to 32 inches. It's going to come right to the inside of this, this clip here. Just like that. I'm just going to use a utility knife because this is just cardboard. And reinstall your underbody panel.That will do it for a look at and installation on the Draw-Tite Class III Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76046 on our 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.

A P.


Hi, Is there any electric wire which we need to be careful for Pacific Hybrid 2018 while installing the hitch. Thanks

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Jon G.


According to the instructions for the Draw-Tite # 76046-SK that fits your 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (slightly different than what's in this video you looked at), it didn't say anything about messing with wires so you should be good. It's always smart to double check though prior to installing so that you can be familiar with the space you'll be working in.

John L.


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Jacob H.


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