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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Acura RDX - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Acura RDX


Today on this 2013 Acura RDX, we're going to install part number C13130 from Curt. First we'll go underneath the vehicle and show you where attachment points are. There's a threaded hold at the very end of the frame and an existing hole going up towards the front. This will be the same on both sides. Next we'll show you the hardware that works with the hitch. On our threaded hole in the frame, it will have a metric bolt and it will get a conical-tooth washer. Make sure your teeth on the conical-tooth washer always face towards the hitch. For the open hole going up towards the front of the vehicle, we'll get a handle nut.

As you can see here, we can bend the handle any direction we need to put it into place. Then we'll get a 1/2-inch bolt and another conical-tooth washer. This will be the same on both sides of the hitch. In some cases, the weld nuts may need to be cleaned out due to the amount of debris built up over time. To clean these out, we'll spray them down with penetrant or lubricant and use a tube brush, part number 814092. Once you have it cleaned out, we'll use one of the hitch bolts to make sure we can thread it in okay. Once we get that accomplished, we'll get an extra set of hands and lift the hitch up and in position. We'll thread the bold into the weld nut just enough to hold the hitch in place. Then we'll install the handle nut and its accompanying bolt.

There's an access bolt right in front of the hitch that you can use to run the handle through. You definitely want to leave the hitch loose so you can move the hitch back and forth to line up the handle nut with the bolt. Once we have everything loosely installed, we can tighten down the bolts, and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. In just a few steps our hitch is already installed, and it's ready to go. With that, that will finish our install of part number C13130, the Curt 2" Trailer Receiver Hitch Receiver, on our 2013 Acura RDX. .


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