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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Nissan Murano - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Nissan Murano

Today on our 2004 Nissan Murano well be installing the Curt Hitch, part number 13571. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14 inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier.

Now, lets go ahead with installation. Now to install our hitch well first need to lower the exhaust. To lower the exhaust well first remove the two fasteners that secure the exhaust hanger at the rear axle. Then to safely lower our exhaust and help support the weight, well put a safety strap underneath to secure the exhaust once we remove all the fasteners. Next well move to the passengers side where once again well remove the fasteners to remove the hanger from the frame.

For this location there will be a total of four fasteners. Once we remove the bolts the exhaust bracket will come free. Next well move over to the drivers side where there will be two rubber isolators that well remove from the metal hangers. To remove them well use some spray lubricant and then our pry bar to remove the rubber isolator from the exhaust hanger. Now that the exhaust is free we can use the safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust.

Now that we have access to the frame, we can go ahead and remove the tow hook on the drivers side. To remove the tow hook there are four fasteners that secure it to the frame; two in the bottom, and two in the side. Now with those removed, well go ahead and set the hardware and tow hook aside as it will not be reinstalled. Now with the exposed frame rails on both sides we can go ahead and point out the attachment points. We have a total of five attachment points; three on the drivers side, and two on the passenger's side.

All five of our attachment points will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer noting that the forward attachment point on the drivers side is also used for the tow hook. The threads will be clean and it will be a different size. This will be the 8 mm. Our other four attachment points will be 12 mm bolts along with the conical tooth washers keeping in mind the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now before we can install the hitch and our new fasteners, well want to clean out the old weld nuts. To do this well use some spray lubricant and a half-inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. Quick tech tip: In extreme cases where the rust build-up is severe, it may be necessary to use a thread tap to thoroughly clean out any build-up that is on the threads. Once thats done, we can then go ahead and take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure that it will go nice and easily. Now were ready to go ahead and install the hitch. Its a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Well install each fastener finger tight and then well go ahead and run them down. Next, well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with the hitch secured and torqued to specifications, we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. And with that re-secured, this will complete the install of our Curt Hitch, part number 13571 on our 2004 Nissan Murano. .

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