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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe


Today on our 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75684. This is what our hitch will look like once it's installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 4 inches. From the top of the inside of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 12 3/4 inches. This will assist you when selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack, or a cargo carrier.

First, before we install the hitch, we'll go ahead and point out the attachment points. These will be weld nuts in the bottom of the frame rail, two on each side. Now before we attempt to install the hitch we'll first go ahead and clean out the weld nuts using a little spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092, we'll thoroughly clean the threads out from any rust, dust, dirt, or debris build up. Note that in extreme cases you may need to use a thread tap in order to clean out the weld nuts. Now, with the weld nut cleaned out, we'll go ahead and take one of the new fasteners and thread it into the weld nut to make sure it goes nice and easily.

Now we'll go ahead and repeat the same process for our other three attachment points. Next were ready to go ahead and install the hitch. To install the hitch we'll be using the new 10 millimeter bolt and 7/16th conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll pick the passenger side up over the exhaust and then bring the drivers side into position.

We'll install each passenger finger tight until we have them all installed. Now we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Next we'll torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. With all four fasteners torqued to specifications securing the hitch, that'll complete the install of our Draw-Tite hitch, part number 75684, on our 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.


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