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Should Anti-Seize Compound be Used When Installing a Hitch?

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Dear Etrailer, I am installing a hitch on a leased vehicle and will eventually want to remove it. Is it advised to use an anti seize product on the M12 fasteners to fight corrosion and to help prevent the bolt and nut from seizing up?

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We cannot recommend using anti-seize compound when installing the Draw-Tite # DT85MR on your 2021 Nissan Rogue. Though it is rare, bolts can back out when this is used. Especially when used to attach to something that will vibrate and move around a little when attached to the frame of the vehicle. I know that sounds kind of weird, but hitches are designed to flex a little with the frame of the vehicle when going over bumps or rough roads.

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