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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2013 Honda Odyssey well be installing Curt Hitch, part number C13068. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next, well 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 pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 12 inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a drawbar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier.

Now lets go ahead with the installation.First, before we can install the hitch, well need to remove the underbody trim panel. Keep in mind, the trim panel and hardware will not be reinstalled. To remove the underbody trim panel, there are a total of five fasteners that need to be removed. We have three pushpin fasteners, one bolt and one screw.Lets go ahead and start removing the pushpin fasteners first. To remove the pushpin fasteners, well pry the center out and then use our trim tool or flat head screwdriver to remove the fastener.

Then well remove the bolt and the use our screwdriver to remove the screw. Now we can go ahead and remove the underbody trim panel and set it and the fasteners aside. Next, we can go ahead and point out the attachment points for the new hitch. We have a total of five attachment points, four of them will be weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer.On the driver side, the 5th attachment point, well be installing a carriage bolt and block into the frame for our forward driver side attachment point. The hardware for the forward attachment point on the driver side will be a 7/16 carriage bolt and block, along with 7/16 flange nut.

To get the hardware into position in the frame, well use a 7/16 fish wire or a bolt leader provided with our install kit. Well take the bolt leader, feed it through the attachment and out the access hole in the frame. Then we can slide on our block and thread on the carriage bolt. Well feed the block into the frame, followed by the carriage bolt pulling it into position. At this time, well go ahead and leave the bolt leader on as it will assist with putting the hitch up into position without pushing the hardware back up in to the frame.Next, were going to go ahead and clean out the weld nuts in the frame because overtime the build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris make it difficult to install the new 12mm bolts.

Using some spray lubricant and -nylon tube brush part number 814092, well thoroughly clean the threads of the weld nuts out then we can take one of the new 12mm bolts and go ahead and thread into the weld nut to make sure that theyre nice easily.Now that we have this attachment point done, well go ahead and repeat the same process for our other three weld nuts. Each weld nut attachment point will get a new 12mm nut along with a -inch conical tooth washer. Keep in mind, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch. Now were ready to go ahead and install the hitch.Well feed the passenger side up over the exhaust and then bring the driver side up into position. As we bring the driver side into position, well take the bolt leader and feed it through the attachment point of the hitch. Once we get it up to the frame, we can then go ahead and take the 12mm bolt and conical tooth washer and thread it into the weld nuts. Now with the bolts holding our hitch in position, we can go ahead and remove the bolt leader and install the 7/16 flange nut. Now well go ahead and repeat the same process with installing the two weld nuts fasteners on the passenger side. Now with all our hardware in place, we can go ahead and tighten it down. Next, well go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with all our fasteners torqued to specifications, securing our hitch into position, thatll complete the install of our Curt Hitch part number C13068 on our 2013 Honda Odyssey. .

Mike F.


Nice video, except you don't show anything with the more difficult side of the car - the muffler side. Did you think that including this would deter the average Joe from attempting to install it on their own? Frustrating. Now I am off to attempt it on my own without knowing what challenges I face. Thanks a lot.

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Chris R.


We really appreciate the feedback. I can assure you that it wasn't intentional. The hitch brackets really just need to be slid over the muffler and into place. I linked a different install video below on the 2014 model Odyssey that does a little better job of showing this.

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