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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2007 Mercury Milan - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2007 Mercury Milan

Today on our 2007 Mercury Milan, we're going to install the Draw-Tite Sportframe trailer hitch receiver class 1 with an inch and a quarter opening, part number 24775. Here's what our Draw-Tite trailer hitch looks like installed on our Milan. It tucks nicely here behind the bumper structure and the one thing you can see here is the actual shank. So it gives your Milan a nice look, a nice streamline pitch and it only sticks out to the shank and the part you need to get to. It is a one and a quarter by one and a quarter inch shank here and does have a half inch hitch pin hole. If you are pulling a small trailer it will be easy access to the tie down points for your safety chains. It does have a two hundred pound tongue capacity and a two thousand pound towing capacity.

You want to cross reference that with the your manufacturer specifications for your vehicle. Which ever one is lowest, you want to use that weight. It does have a nice black powder coat finish that's going to resist rust and corrosion. It does have a limited life-time warranty. Now we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help in choosing some accessories for your new hitch, such as ball mounts and bike racks. From the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper it's five and three quarter inches.

From the top of the receiver to the ground it's sixteen inches. Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. To start our install, we needed to lower the exhaust. We take a safety strap and put it under neath our exhaust just to hold it up and hold the weight of it. So we can lower it easily. Put our strap on there, tighten our strap down and we can go ahead and use some spray lubricant, spray our rubber isolators down and pry them off with a pry bar or a large flat head screwdriver.

So I'll take my spray lubricant, spray the rubber isolator down. That'll just help get the hanger off our exhaust. On the passenger side, there's a ground strap here that is connected to the vehicle. As you can see, it is already broken so we don't need to remove it, but in normal applications when it's still connected, all you have to do is take that flange nut off and just remove it temporarily while we lower the exhaust. Once we raise it back up in place, put it back into position. Then we go towards the middle of the car, spray this exhaust hangar down and then move over to the driver side and spray that exhaust hangar.

Take a large pry bar and pry our exhaust hangar off. Next we need to remove one bolt from the bulk-head on each side. On the passenger side right here above the exhaust hangar, right here, thirteen millimeter socket will get that bolt out. It'll be the exact same on the driver side, in the exact same location right above the exhaust hangar. So remove that bolt. You can go ahead and discard this bolt cause we will be replacing it with a bolt from our hardware kit. We'll go to the driver side and repeat the same process of removing the same bolt. The next step to installation is actually putting the hitch up into place so we can use it as a template to drill out a couple of holes. Before we lift the hitch up into place, we need to remove these two rubber grommets. Just take a pair of needle nose pliers, grab it and pull it out and that will be a valid location for a hitch. With our grommets removed, we can take our hitch and raise it up into position and install our thirteem millimeter bolts that come with the kit. Now that we have them started, we can go ahead and run them down just to keep them nice and snug and our hitch into position so we can drill our holes. With those bolts snug, it holds our hitch into position and we're going to use our hitch as a template to drill our holes right here and on the other side in our bumper structure. Take our half inch drill bit and mark our hole. With that marked, we use the step-day 00:04:05 process starting with the small pilot bit and working our way up to a half inch size. Now that we have our holes drilled out to half inch, we'll take our bolt leader that comes with our kit, feed it through our hole and out of the end of the frame. The kit comes with a square hole spacer block and a carriage bolt. That will be the hardware for these two locations. Take the block, put it over our pull wire and then thread it on the bolt. You just have to work the bolt a little bit to get it to drop into the block and then it will drop into the hole. A little bit of patience and maybe a small screwdriver to get over there and work the block a little bit and it'll fall through. For these locations, use a conical toothed washer. The teeth of the washer need to face the hitch, and then get secured with a hex nut here. I'll open the trunk, lift up our trunk cover here and just fold it up out of the way and we need to remove our spare tire. For these mounted locations, you take the block that has a hole in it, sit it in the mounting location here in the trunk and then use the hex head bolt that comes with the install kit and drop it down through the block in the hitch. Since we did remove two grommets and you can see to the outside, we're just going to take some RVT Black silicone and go around the edge of the block to seal up that hole. So just take our silicone here, fill up the gap and just run a bead all the way around the block. We'll go ahead and do the same thing for the other hole. Now that we have that hardware dropped into place, we'll go back underneath the vehicle and install our conical toothed washer and nut on those two bolts. Now with our hardware installed, we can go ahead and snug it down and then torque it as specified in the instructions. With our hitch tightened and torqued, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire and our trunk lining. Now we can raise our exhaust back into place, some spray silicone will get a little help the hangars go back into place a lot easier. We use the safety strap to help life the exhaust back into position. Now that we have our exhaust back up, we can remove our safety strap and our hitch is installed. That will complete our install for the Draw-Tite Sportframe trailer hitch receiver class 1 with an inch and a quarter opening part number 24775 on our 2007 Mercury Milan. .

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