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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2013 Nissan Murano - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2013 Nissan Murano

Today on our 2013 Nissan Murano we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number 13577. This is what our hitch will look like once its installed. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 5 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 15-1/4 inches. This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, a bike rack or cargo carrier.

Now let's go ahead with installation. To begin our hitch install we'll first need to lower the exhaust. To safely lower the exhaust we'll put a safety strap underneath it first so once we remove the rubber isolators we can use the safety strap to safely lower the weight of the exhaust. We'll be removing a total of four rubber isolators, one to the passenger side of the muffler, two to the driver's side of the muffler and one just forward of the rear axle. To remove these rubber isolators from the metal hangers we'll spray each one with some spray lubricant and then use a pry bar, pliers or exhaust hanger removal tool.

Now with all the hangers removed we'll go ahead and use the safety strap to safely lower the exhaust. Next we'll need to remove the tow hook on the driver's side. There are a total of four attachments to be removed. Now that we have the tow hook removed we'll save one of the fasteners setting aside the other three fasteners and the tow hook as they will not be reinstalled. The one fastener will be the forward attachment point and forward attachment point hardware for the driver's side.

Out of the four attachment points will be a 12mm bolt with a half inch conical tooth washer with the teeth of the washer facing the hitch. We'll need to make sure that the weld nuts built into the frame by the manufacturer which will be the five attachment points for our hitch are thoroughly cleaned out.To do this we'll use some spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tool brush, part number 814092, keeping in mind that in extreme cases where there's rust, dust, dirt and debris built up it may be necessary to use a thread tap to clean out the weld nuts. Then we'll take one of the new fasteners from our install kit and thread it into the weld nut to make sure it will go nice and smoothly. Here on the driver's side our forward attachment point will be the old attachment point for the tow hook and then the two weld nuts in the frame. On the passenger side we'll just be using the two weld nuts and the frame by the manufacturer.

Now we're ready to go ahead and install the hitch. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. We'll install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Then once we have all the fasteners in place we'll tighten them down and then torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch secured and torqued to specifications we can go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. With our exhaust back in place this will complete the install of the Curt Hitch, part number 13577 on our 2013 Nissan Murano. .

Wayne S.


i have a hitch that was taken off a 2006 murano, will it fit on a 2013 murano? Thanks

Patrick B.


No fit. 2009-2014 Muranos are a different hitch fit. A 2013 Murano would use part # 13577 from Curt. A 2006 Murano would be using a different hitch.

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