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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2012 Toyota RAV4 - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2012 Toyota RAV4


Today on our 2012 Toyota Rav 4, we'll be installing the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13149. Here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the tire carrier is approximately 5 and a half inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 13 and three quarter inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We're going to first begin here at the driver's side rear of the vehicle.

We're going to need to remove the tow hook by removing the two bolts that hold it in place. We will not be reinstalling the tow hook or reusing the hardware. Next we're going to need to remove two rubber hangers that support the exhaust. There's one here and the other one's right here. Now we'll go ahead and install a safety strap before we remove the rubber hangers. Next we're going to go ahead and use a little bit of spray lubricant on each of the rubber exhaust hangers to make them slide of their hanger just a little bit easier.

Now we'll go ahead and use a large pry bar to remove each of the rubber exhaust hangers. With the rubber exhaust hangers removed, then go ahead and lower the exhaust down a little bit to give us a little more working room. Now let's go ahead and point out the four attachment point locations that we'll be using. We'll begin here over on the driver's side. Now for the passenger side. Now we're going to need to remove some covers that cover up some of our attachment points.

Over here on the passenger side there will be two of them. Next we'll clean out our weld nuts. To do that we're going to use a little spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. It's a good idea once you've cleaned any of the weld nuts out, to make sure that the hardware threads in easily. It looks like we're good to go. Here's the hardware that we'll be using to install our hitch.

It's the same for all four locations. We'll be using a 12 millimeter bolt and a half inch conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth face towards the hitch when installed. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position. Once the hitch is raised up into position, we'll go ahead and install all the hardware hand-tight. Now that we have all of our hardware installed hand-tight, we'll go ahead and tighten it down and then we'll torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Now with our hardware torqued down we'll go ahead and reinstall both rubber exhaust hangers and remove the safety strap. It helps if you put a little more spray lubricant on the rubber exhaust hanger before sliding it back onto the exhaust. It will make it go on much easier. That will do it for the installation of the CURT Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13149, on our 2012 Toyota Rav 4. .


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