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Bolt for Hitch Will Not Torque Down

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I have a 2015 Nissan Murano. I just installed the Draw Tite receiver hitch. One bolt will not torque. It is the front bolt on the side that has 3 bolts. All other ones torqued up. What should I do?

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If a bolt will not torque down while installing a trailer hitch this means the bolt was likely cross threaded. There are a few options to fix this, the first would be drill out and then re-tap the hole with the next largest thread size using a kit like the Tap Wrench Kit for Standard Pipe Sizes part # PT22FR. The weld nut however could break when tightening down the new bolt so in which case the final option would be to drill the rest of the weld nut out and then using a spacer block like part # RP3022 and carriage bolt to secure the hitch. This would require a reverse fishwire technique.

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