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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Kia Sorento - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Kia Sorento

Today on our 2013 Kia Sorento, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Spring trailer hitch receiver, class three. Part number 75684. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. You can see it's got a nice black powder coating finish. Our receiver tube is going to tuck up nicely under the back of the vehicle. We are going to have a little bit of protrusion out of the bottom here with this rectangular tube on the bottom as it goes across as it drops down below our exhaust on this side so you're going to see a little bit more of it on this side. Going to be a complete bolt on design using factory weld nuts with the hardware that's supplied.

It's going to be a two inch by two inch receiver, class three. It's got the large ring style safety chain loops. It's also going to have two hitch pin holes. You're going to see one that's going to be our standard five eighths for the hitch pin and this half inch is what we use for our j pin stabilization device. This hitch is rated for three hundred and fifty pounds of tongue weight which is our downward force and thirty-five hundred pounds of gross trailer weight which is the amount of our loaded trailer. Now if you step up the weight distribution that's going to raise you up to five hundred pounds of tongue weight and five thousand pounds of gross trailer weight.

Now you'll want to consult with your owners manual or the manufacturer to make sure your vehicle is able to tow that amount and always use the lesser of the two amounts. Now we're going to give you some measurements that's going to aid you in assisting your accessories such as the ball mount, a cargo carrier or a bike rack. From the center of hitch pin hole to the outer most part of the bumper it's going to be about four inches and from the ground to the top of the inside of the receiver tube it's going to be about thirteen inches. One tip on the passenger side with our exhaust being so close, we went ahead and just took a safety strap, we wrapped it around the exhaust and then pulled it taught by pulling the exhaust over and that gave us a little bit of extra clearance to get to our bolts. Now it's not required but it just makes things a little easier. Now let's go ahead and show you how to install it. To begin our installation, we're going to need to drop our exhaust system down so we can do a little bit of trimming on our heat shield there. We're going to take a little bit of spray lubricant and we're going to spray up the hangers.

We're going to have three of them here. Our exhaust is not going to drop down very far but it's going to be enough so we can get our heat shield off. Taking a pry bar, we're just going to get it behind, we'll pry out and push the hanger to the side. We'll do that for all three of them. Then we'll come back here to our last one.

You want to be sure you're holding on to this. It's not going to drop down very far but just a little bit. Now we're just going to take a pair of tin snips and we're going to trim out back to this hole here and along this edge so our hitch fit up flush up to the top there. Now when we have access to our factory weld nuts here, we're going to go ahead and clean them out so we'll start by spraying a little lubricant in there. We'll do this for all of them and I'm going to use a nylon tubing brush to clean out all the dirt and grime. If you don't have one you can pick it up on our website, part number 814092. You just want to clean those out real good and get all the dirt and grime out. We're going to go ahead and take one of the bolts we'll be using and we're going to test fit in the holes just to make sure it's going to go in nice and easy. Now if your vehicle has a lot of rust on it, you might want to get a tap and go ahead and run them up through there just to make sure it's a nice clean hole and it's going to thread in properly and torque down. We'll be attaching with some ten millimeter bolts, some conicle tooth washers. You're just going to make sure the teeth on the washer are facing towards the hitch. Now before we set the hitch up into place, we're going to go ahead and stick our exhaust into the hangers so it's not hanging down in the way of the hitch. Now a second set of hands we'll go ahead and slip it up into place and we can install our bolts in to the factory weld nuts. Now we can take a sixteen millimeter socket and we're going to snug up our bolts just to make sure it's all lined up and centered. Now we can go ahead and torque them down the specifications listed in our instructions. We'll tighten up the other side and that's going to complete our installation. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Draw-Tite Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, class three. Part number 75684 on our 2013 Kia Sorento.

Questions and Comments about this Video

David S.
It looks from the video like this trailer hitch will inhibit the use of the spare tire. Can you please advise if the spare tire is still accessible with the trailer hitch installed?
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Reply from Jon G.

You will still be able to get to the spare tire, you'll just have to loosen it up and then push it out of the way of the hitch.

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