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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Pontiac Vibe - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2003 Pontiac Vibe

Today on our 2003 Pontiac Vibe, we'll be installing the Curt, 1 and a quarter inch receiver tube hitch, part number C12221. This is what our hitch will look like once installed. Next well go ahead and give you a couple measurements, to assist to selecting accessories for your new hitch. Such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From of the hitch pin hole, to the outermost edge of the bumper, is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground, is 10 and a half inches. Now go ahead with the installation. Now to begin our install, we'll first go ahead and point out the attachment points.

We'll have a total of 4 attachment points, 2 on each side. These attachment points are weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer. Over time, the threads of the weld nuts will build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris, so we'll need to make sure we thoroughly clean them out before we attempt to install the new hardware. Using a sprite lubricant, and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092, we'll thoroughly clean the threads out. To make sure they're cleaned out, we'll go ahead and take one of the new fasteners, thread it into the weld nut to make sure itll go nice and easily.

Once we have all the weld nuts cleaned out, we're now ready to install the hitch. Go ahead and take the driver side and feed up over the exhaust tailpipe first, and then the passenger side up tight to the frame. We'll take the new 12 millimeter bolt, and half inch copper tooth washer, teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and thread it into the weld nut. Once we thread in all 4 fasteners, we can go ahead and tighten them down, and then torque to specifications, as indicated in instructions. Now with our hitch secured, and torque specification, we're ready to hit the road. And that does it for our install of the Curt hitch, part number C12221, on our 2003 Pontiac Vibe. .

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