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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Ford Escape

Today in our 2007 Ford Escape, we're going to be taking a look at installing the Draw Tite Max Frame trailer hitch receiver. Part number 75751. Here's what it looks like installed. As you can see it fits up nice against the bottom of our bumper. It's a stylish tubular design in black powder coat. It's got a flat safety chain loop with large diameter hulls. It does have the dual pin setup for the j-pin stabilization devices.

That's your five eighths and one half. This hitch is designed to have 525 pounds of tongue weight, so downward force and 3,500 pounds of pulling weight for your trailer weight. Now if your going to use a weight distribution system, you're still going to be at 525 for your tongue weight and it's going to bring your trailer towing weight up to 5,250 pounds. You want to make sure that your manufacturer suggests that you can tow that much with your vehicle. This hitch is an easy bolt on design.

No drilling or welding required. Comes with a complete set of hardware and instructions. Let's go ahead and get you some measurements, that's going to help you in selecting your accessories such as a ball amount, bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the ground to the inside of the tube4 is going to be about 15 and a half inches from the center of the hitch pin to the end of the vehicle, it's going to be about and inch and a half. Now let's go ahead and show you hot to install it. The beginner installation we're going to locate the holes that we'll be using. From the bottom we're going to be using this hole right here and these two side holes on the inside of the frame.

Which we're going to access by putting our bolts with fish wires through this access hole here. One to fish back there and the other two up here. Do the same on the other side. Start by placing our fish wire thought the hole we're going to need to use. Take our block, go inverse. Thread on her, half inch bolt.

Push the block up in and you're bolt. Follow through the back. You want to make sure that the square part of the bolt falls through that square part of the block. Then we'll remove our fish wire and we'll repeat this on the other side. Over on our passenger side our exhaust is going to interfere a little bit with that bolt, so we'll go ahead and drop it down. We'll take a safety strap, cross the bottom and pull it up. Then we're going to to go ahead and take out our rubber grommets. They're located here and the other one in the back. We're going to spray a little of some silicon lubricant just to make it slide off a little easier. We can take a pry bar, push the grommet aside, we're going to do the same on the next one. Going to allow it to drop down a little more by loosening our safety strap. That will give us enough access to get in there and put our hitch on. Then we'll get a second set of hands, slide our hitch up in to position. We're going to line up on to that bolt. We'll take a conical tooth washer then with the teeth facing up. Then we'll take our nut and we'll hand tighten it and let the hitch hang. Now when we have this bolt started we're going to press our hitch up in to place. Lining up the two holes in the side. We have ourselves in place with a tall jack stand. We're going to do the same thing through that hole. We'll place our block, the thread on our carriage bolt. Press the block up through the hole and we'll put our bolt in. We're going to pull it through to the inside. Carefully removing our fish wire as we don't want to drop the bolt back down inside the frame frail. Then you want to take your conical tooth washer with teeth against the hitch. You want to be careful to hold on to the bolt so it can't slip in. Start your nut on and now we'll do the same thing on the last one. Now we'll repeat this on the other side of the car. We're going to run them down until they're tight by hand, then we're going to snug them up, bottom ones first. Then we'll go ahead and torx the two on the sides. Now we can go ahead and set the torx specified in your instructions. Then we'll repeat that process on the other side. Then we can reattach our exhaust. Now we just remove our safety strap and we'll be complete underneath. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Draw Tite Max Frame trailer hitch receiver class 3, part number 75751 on our 2007 Ford Escape.

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