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Curt Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Hyundai Sonata

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How to Install the Curt Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Speaker 1: Today on this 2018 Hyundai Sonata we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11402. Here's what our hitch looks like installed. One thing that's nice about this hitch is that it is tucked up nice and tight against our fascia and doesn't stick out past it, so when we're loading cargo into our trunk we don't have to worry about running our shin into it.On the side of our receiver you'll find our industry standard 1/2 inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch mounted accessories with a pin and clip. We have those available separately on our website. Welded on the bottom is our plate-style safety chain loop area. What's nice about these is that they do have a decent size opening so even if you have a somewhat large hook in your trailer, if you plan on towing a trailer with your Sonata you'll still easily be able to hook up the chain to it.On the end of our receiver we have this collar that's welded on.

Not only does it help give you a nice finished look but it also helps improve the strength of the receiver opening. Now this hitch features a 200 pound max tongue weight rating, which his the amount forcing down, and a 2000 pound max gross trailer weight rating which is the amount it can pull.You'll want to consult with the owner's manual of your Sonata and not exceed what the vehicle is rated for. Go by whichever number is less. Now if you are planning to use this for a non-trailer application, Curt does recommend the use of a stabilization strap to help support the load. Now for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need such as a bike rack or a cargo carrier.You're looking at about 10-1/2 inches from the ground to the top of the 1-1/4 receiver opening and about 5-1/2 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, since we need to lower our exhaust we're going to put a strap in place to help support the weight so it doesn't get damaged.We'll just go underneath our exhaust using a Cam buckle strap for this we'll just draw it up tight and that will help support the weight. We put some spray lubricant on our exhaust hangers. We have one towards the front of our vehicle just in front of where the exhaust Ys off. We use a pry bar and pry off our hanger.

We have one more on the side of each one of our mufflers.Now we'll just loosen our strap a little bit to help our exhaust come down a little bit so we have room to get our hitch in position. Now we can remove our exhaust heat shields. We're looking at the passenger side one. It's held in place with three 10 millimeter nuts like this. With the nuts removed, we can pull it down and set it aside.

We'll repeat the same process for the driver's side. Now the foam tape on our frame rails, we're going to remove that.We have one in the front and one in the back. We'll do this on both sides. Now our forward-most hole, we need to enlarge this so we can pass our hardware through it. You can use a rotary tool for this, a step bit, a hole saw or a die grinder. I'm using a die grinder bit on a drill in order to accomplish this. Okay. Our lock fits through. Our bolt almost fits through so we need to work on it a little bit more.Our bolt fits through easily now. Now we'll use some paint to spray around the hole so we don't have any bare metal. This will help prevent rust. Now we'll take one of our pull wires and we'll go though our rear hole here and come out the access hole that we enlarged. Now we'll take one of our blocks, place it on the wire and we will stick that inside the frame. Thread on one of our carriage bolts to the wire and we'll place that inside the frame as well.And then we'll pull them both down through our hole. Now we'll take our pull wire, our block, place it on the wire and we'll thread on our carriage bolt and we're going to do what's called a reverse pull wire technique. We'll place the bolt inside the frame, followed by the block and we'll pull the bolt down through the forward hole. There we have our pull wire.We'll repeat the same process for the other side. Now with an extra set of hands we'll raise our hitch in a position over our exhaust making sure our hardware doesn't get pushed into our frame and we'll secure it to the vehicle using our flange nuts. Okay, with our nuts all started now you can tighten them down using a 3/4 inch socket. Now we'll torque all our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions.Now we'll go ahead and reinstall our heat shield to the exhaust. Now we'll reinstall our exhaust. With the exhaust back on our hangers we can safely remove our strap. And that will complete our look at and show you how to install the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C11402 on this 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

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