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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Traverse - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, we will be installing the draw-tight hitch, part number 75528. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements in helping you select some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball-mount, bicycle rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper is approximately 6-3/4". From the top of the opening of the hitch to the ground is approximately 18-1/2". Now we will go ahead and install our hitch. First we will go ahead and show you the attachment points where the hitch will actually attach to the vehicle. Next we'll go ahead and locate the hangars that need to be removed to lower the exhaust out of the way. Before removing any of the exhaust hangars, we will go ahead and install a safety strap to help support the exhaust once the exhaust hangars have been removed. To get the exhaust hangars off, it helps if you use a little spray lubricant, as well as a pry bar or a large flat-head screwdriver. Now that we have all the exhaust hangars removed and the exhaust is lowered out of the way, we will go ahead and remove the rear fascia panel. To do that, you will see that there are two plastic tabs on the underside of the rear fascia that need to be turned. You will pull down and out towards the back of the vehicle and the rear-center section of the fascia will be removed. Next, we'll need to go ahead and clean out the four weld nuts that are in the vehicle.

To clean the existing weld nuts out on the vehicle, we use a little spray lubricant, as well as a nylon tube brush. In this case, it's part number 814092. Once we have all four the existing weld nuts cleaned out, we will go ahead and use a bolt to check to make sure that it threads in easily. Next, we'll go ahead and show you the hardware that will be used. The four existing weld nuts, we'll use a 12-mm bolt, which in this case are black, and a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth on the conical tooth washer are facing the hitch. The two center attachments points, we use a half-inch handle nut, as well as a half-inch bolt, a conical tooth washer and a spacer block. Here's the order that the two center attachments points will be installed. You may want to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch up in place, go ahead and install at least one set of hardware on each side of the hitch into the weld nuts. Once you have this done, go ahead and loosely put the rest of the hardware in on each of the driver and passenger side. Now we will go ahead and move to the two center attachment points.

To install these, we will need to bend the handle nut so that it goes up through the access point right next to the hole. Once you have this bent in place, you'll need to slide the spacer block in between the frame and the hitch. Then you use the half-inch bolt and the conical tooth washer and thread it into place. You repeat this process for both sides. Now that you have all the hardware installed, go ahead and tighten it down and torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Once you have all the hardware torqued to the manufacturer's specification, now we will go ahead and use a pair of tin snips to cut the excess off from the handle nut. Once we cut the excess off, we will go ahead and push the remainder back up into the frame. Now we're ready to re-install our three exhaust hangars that we removed earlier. Once we have that done we'll go ahead and remove the safety strap. With the safety strap removed, that'll complete the installation of our draw-tight hitch, part number 75528 on our 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.


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