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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2005 Ford Van - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2005 Ford Van

Today on our 2005 Ford Van we're going to be installing the Curt Front Mounted Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 33055. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, a winch or a spare tire carrier. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground we have 14 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper we have 5 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now to begin with we're going to need to remove this plastic valance piece right here on the underside. There's a total of four push fasteners that will need to be removed, two on each side.

One here, one here, over here on the driver's side there's one here and one here. Now to remove the push fasteners you can either use a flat head screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool. We'll pull the center of the fastener out and slide underneath so that the whole fastener is removed. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the other three mounting locations. Now that we have all four push fasteners removed we can go ahead and remove this lower valance here. We'll set it aside and we will not be re-installing this piece. To attach our hitch to the front of the vehicle there are four attachment locations, two on each side.

We'll go ahead and start over here on the driver's side and point out the locations. We'll be using this slot here is one and this forward hole right here which will need to be enlarged is the other one. Over here on the passenger side this is the rear mounting location and this is the forward mounting location. Again this forward mounting location will need to be enlarged. Let's go over the hardware that we'll be using to secure our hitch to the vehicle. We'll be using a half inch carriage bolt, a square holes spacer block and a half inch flange nut. It'll sit like that, the hitch will go on and the flange nut will thread on.

Now the carriage bolt and spacer block will be fish wired or pulled into the vehicle's frame and out the mounting location. This hardware will be the same hardware used in all four mounting locations. Next we're going to go ahead and drill out or enlarge the front mounting location on each side as per the instructions. Now that we have the driver's side drilled out we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the passenger side. Now after we drilled out our forward mounting location holes we went ahead and stuck the hitch up temporarily just to make sure everything lined up. We realized that we we're going to need to open up the hole a little bit more towards the inside. To do that we're using a round file bit on our drill.

You could use a rotary tool with the appropriate attachment to do the same thing. We'll go ahead and do this on both the driver and passenger side. Now you'll see here on the rear mounting location our square hole spacer block will slide in easily. But you'll notice that the carriage bolt won't quite go in yet. We're just going to take our round file again or you can use a hand file or rotary tool with the correct bit and just open up the hole just enough to allow the carriage bolt to slide in. Now on this particular van there's no holes that will allow us to use as an access hole to put the hardware in. That's why we're enlarging this rear mounting location. Now this particular van is diesel motor van so that may have something to do with why. Maybe the frame is a little bit heavier up here on the front end. If you don't have a hole that will allow the hardware to slip through you will need to enlarge this hole enough to let your carriage bolt slide in. As you can see here we've got the hole enlarged enough now that the carriage bolt will go in place. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process to allow our hardware to be pulled into the frame. Now that we have the access hole opened up we're going to go ahead and use our pull wire that comes with the kit. We're going to go through the forward mounting location and pull it out the rear mounting location which we're also using as our access hole, feed the square hole spacer block onto the pull wire, then thread the carriage bolt on. Go ahead and push both up into the vehicle's frame pulling it down into position. Now for the rear mounting location we'll be using the reverse pull method. We'll slide the block onto the end of the pull wire. We'll then thread the carriage bolt on. We'll then be installing carriage bolt into the vehicle's frame then put the spacer block up then pull it back down into position. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process for both mounting locations over on the passenger side. Now it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position. Once you have the hitch raised up into position we'll go ahead and loosely install the four flange nuts, one in each of the four locations. Once the hardware has all been installed we can go ahead and tighten it down and then torque it to the manufacturer's specifications. That will do it for the installation of the Curt Front Mounted Trailer Hitch, part number 33055 on our 2005 Ford Van. .

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Employee Andrew L
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Employee Shane T
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Shane T
Employee Sue W
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Sue W

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