Trailer Hitch Installation - 2004 Toyota Highlander

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2004 Toyota Highlander


Today were working on a 2004 Toyota Highlander. Were going to install a Curt Hitch part number C13530. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch such as a draw bar, a bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the pin hitch hole to the outer most of the bumper is 2-1/2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 14-3/4 inches. Now lets go ahead with the installation.

Before we can install our hitch we need to remove the manufacturer tow hooks. There are two on each side, and each has two fastening points. With our tow hooks removed it opens up our rear and middle fastener on each side. The forward fastener will be underneath this rubber plug. As the vehicles get older dirt, dust, and debris will get built up inside of these threads where we removed the rubber plug.

So I am going to take a little spray lubricant, and a half inch nylon tube brush part number 894012 and clean the threads out before we try to install our new fasteners. You can even take one of your new fasteners and thread it into the hole just to make sure it is going to go smoothly. Alright now that I have the drivers side prepped and ready for my hitch I will repeat the same process for the passengers side. Now with both sides prepped and ready to go Im going to need an extra set of hands to help me hold the hitch in place while we install our fasteners. We will be installing 10mm bolts, and conical tooth washers with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch.

I will install each one of my fasteners finger tight until we get them all in place. Alright with all my fasteners installed on the drivers side, I will move over to the passengers side and repeat the same process. With all my fasteners in place I will go ahead and tighten them down. Alright with all my fasteners tightened down I will go ahead and tork to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Theres the three on the drivers side, I will repeat the same process for the three fasteners on the passengers side.

With all of our fasteners torked to specification that completes the installation of Curt Hitch part number C13530 on a 2004 Toyota Highlander. .


Questions and Comments about this Video

Frederick B.

What are the specifications of the hitch fasteners? 46073

Reply from Heather A.

We normally do not list torque specifications because the manufacturer can change them from time to time. For this particular hitch the bolts are torqued to 49 lbs. That specifications is for this hitch specifically part # 13530. It is still a good idea to double check installation instructions before install. I have attached the installation instructions for this hitch below. 43276

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