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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 Ford Fusion - Draw-Tite

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Instalaltion of a Trailer Hitch on a 2009 Ford Fusion

Today on our 2009 Ford Fusion, we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 24775. This is what our hitch will look like once it is installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is five and a quarter inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is approximately twelve and a quarter inches. This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier.

Now we'll go ahead with installation. To begin our install, we'll have a total of six attachment points, three on each side. We'll have two attachment points at the bulk head, which will be on the inside of the frame rail for each side, two at the trunk pan, which are rubber plugs that will be removed, and then two in the front bumper support which will need to be drilled out and we'll use the hitch as a template. Now to gain easier access we will need to lower the exhaust. For this application we'll remove the two rear hangers, one just forward of the rear axle and one just behind the rear axle near the muffler. To remove the rubber isolator we'll first go ahead and spray each one with some spray lubricant. It's recommended to put a safety strap underneath the exhaust, so that once we remove the rubber isolators it will help hold the weight of the exhaust. Using a pry bar or pliers, we'll go ahead and start removing the rubber isolators from the metal hanger.

Now with the rubber isolators removed, we'll go ahead and let the safety strap support the weight as we let the exhaust down and out of the way. Now with easy access to both sides, we'll go ahead and remove the bulkhead fasteners. These are installed by the manufacturer. We'll go ahead and remove the fasteners and set them aside as they well not be reinstalled. We'll use the new eight millimeter bolts that are supplied with the install kit.

Next we'll remove the two rubber plugs in the bottom of the spare tire well. With the rubber plugs out of the way we're ready to put our hitch in position. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the new eight millimeter bolts. We'll install each bolt finger tight until we have both of them in place. Next we'll go ahead and snug up the eight millimeter bolts that will help hold the hitch in position. Next we'll need to drill out our attachment points.

Using the hitch as a template, we'll go ahead and drill it out. Using my half inch bit we'll go ahead and mark the center of each attachment point, then use a smaller pilot bit to drill through. Note we'll be using a step bit process, enlarging in bit size as we go. Then once we get through our final size, we'll go ahead and drill it out large enough to get our hardware in place. Now with both holes drilled out, we're ready to install the carriage bolt and block. We'll take the half inch pull wire provided with our install kit, go through the attachment point, and out the end of the bumper support. There we can slide on the block, thread on the carriage bolt. We'll feed the block and bolt into the frame and pull them into position. Once we pull them down through the bumper support through the hitch, we can secure them with a conical tooth washer and half inch nut. Note each process we do here on one side, will get repeated identically on the opposite side. Next, we'll need to open up the rear trunk, remove the spare tire cover, and then the spare tire. With the spare tire out of the way, we can now gain access to the inner trunk well, where we'll put our carriage bolt and block in place, going down through the spare tire well, and then through the forward attachment points of our hitch. Note we recommend you use the Loctite RTV gasket maker, part number LT37467, around the carriage bolt and block to seal it up from the outside. With both block and bolt in place, go underneath the vehicle, install the conical tooth washer, with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch, and the half inch nut for both attachment points. Now with the hardware installed into the trunk well, we'll go ahead and tighten it down. We'll put our wrench on the bolt and tighten the nut down. Once we have them both tightened down, we're now ready to torque to specifications as indicated in instructions. Starting with our eight millimeter bolt, then moving to the two attachment points in the bumper support, and finally the two attachment points in the spare tire well. Now with everything torqued to specifications, we're ready to reinstall the exhaust and spare tire. With that, this will complete the install of our Draw-Tite hitch, part number 24775 on our 2009 Ford Fusion. .

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