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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Toyota Prius - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2006 Toyota Prius, we'll be installing the Curt 1 and a quarter inch receiver new hitch part number C11468. Here's what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outer most edge of the bumpers is approximately 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground, is about 11 and a half inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a bike rack or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and install with the installation. You'll need to remove the under body panel here on the driver side. There are multiple fasteners securing it, like, push pin fasteners and screws. To remove the push pin fasteners, we'll simply take a flat-blade screwdriver, pry on on the center of the fastener, once we get the center pried out, we can go ahead and remove the fastener. Then using a flat-blade screwdriver or a trim panel tool, we'll pop through the rear section, which is just a press over stud. Now we can go ahead and remove the under body panel from the vehicle. Next, we'll need to remove the tow hooks. There's a tow hook on each side.

The tow hooks are secured by weld knots built in to the frame by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that, after we remove the tow hook, it will not be re-installed and the tow hook attachment points will now be the 4 hitch attachment points. We'll be using the new 10mm bolt and conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Any of the weld knots that didn't have a fastener in them previously, will need to be cleaned out before you attempt to install the new hardware. To clean them out, we'll use a spray lubricant and a half inch nylon toothbrush part number 814092, and thoroughly clean out the threads. We're now ready to put our hitch in place. To get them in, you can ask a set of hands to help you hold the hitch where you'll install your fasteners. We'll be using the new 10mm bolt and conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch. We'll install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Now with all our fasteners are in place, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next, we'll go ahead and torque the specifications as indicated in the instructions. We'll need to install the under body panel.

In order to re-install it though, we'll need to take the tow hook section and extend it out to the edge so we can fit it over the hitch flange. I'll just tape my paint marker and mark out the section we'll be removing. Now, you can use a sharp utility knife or a rotary tool to cut out the section. To get a nice fit around the hitch flange, we'll also going to extend the front of the tow hook section, about 2 inches. Now, with it trimmed out, we can go ahead and re-install it, reusing the manufacturer's fasteners. That does it for the install of the Curt Hitch part number C11468 on our 2006 Toyota Prius. .

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