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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Ford Explorer - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2014 Ford Explorer, we're going to be installing the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13100. Now, here's what our hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is approximately 3-1/2 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 16 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now before we begin our installation, we're going to go ahead and install a safety strap to help support the exhaust. Next, we'll point out the three rubber exhaust hangers that we'll need to remove.

One here on the driver side, one here in the middle, and one over here on the passenger side. Now in order to remove the rubber exhaust hangers, we're going to use a little bit of spray lubricant in a large pry bar. Now, with our three rubber exhaust hangers removed, we can go ahead and lower the exhaust down a little bit. Next, we'll need to remove the bracket that holds the rubber exhaust hangers in place by taking out these two bolts. Now over here on the driver side, the exhaust hanger bracket is included with the tow hook. We're going to need to remove this bracket and tow hook as well.

On this side, there is three hardware locations. One up here on the side and two underneath like the passenger side. Go ahead and start with the side bolts here. Now, we'll go ahead and remove the two bolts on the bottom. Next, we're going to need to remove the rubber hanger from each of the brackets. Go ahead and pull the rubber hanger part off of the bracket.

Do that for the other one as well. Now, we will not be re-installing either of the brackets nor we'll be reusing any of the hardware that we removed. To install the rubber exhaust hangers here on our hitch, we'll be using this longer 7/16 bolt, a flat washer. Now, this will go through the rubber exhaust hanger through the hole in the hitch right here. We'll then be installing another flat washer on the other side followed by a 7/16 nylon lock nut. We'll then go ahead and install the other rubber exhaust hanger on the other side of the hitch.

Now, we can go ahead and tighten down the bolts that hold the rubber exhaust hanger in place. Now, when tightening down the rubber exhaust hangers, you want to make sure that they're pointed up like this as well as able to move just a little bit. Now, let's go ahead and point out our mounting locations for our hitch. There will be a total of five mounting locations. We'll start over here on the passenger side where there is three mounting locations on this side. This hole right here, this existing weld nut as well as this existing weld nut. Over here on the driver side, our two remaining mounting locations are these two existing weld nuts. One right here and one right here. Now, the hardware used to mount our hitch at the four existing weld nut locations will be a 12 mm hex bolt and a conical tooth washer. You want to make sure that the teeth face towards the hitch when installed, so it will go in there just like that. Now for this rear mounting location over here on the passenger side, we will be using a 1/2 inch carriage bolt, a square hole spacer block, and we'll be installing it using a fish wire or a bolt leader. To install it, we'll go ahead and slide our square hole spacer block onto the bolt leader. We'll then thread the carriage bolt on. We'll then put our carriage bolt through the hole followed by the square hole spacer block. Once we have our square hole spacer block and carriage bolt in place, then go ahead and pull it down into position. You can then remove the bolt leader. Then, we'll be installing a flange nut on the underside of the carriage bolt, so it will look like that. Now, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you raise the hitch up into position. Now, once you have at least one mounting location installed on each side, you can go ahead and put the remaining hardware in. Now with all of our hardware loosely installed, we can go ahead and tighten it down and then torque it to the manufacturers specification. We'll go ahead and make sure that the two rear rubber exhaust hangers are pointed down like this and then we can go ahead and put them back in place attaching them to the muffler. With the two rear exhaust hangers back in place, we'll go ahead and put the third one back up as well. Now, with our rubber exhaust hangers back up, we can go ahead and remove the safety strap. That will do it for our installation of a Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13100, on our 2014 Ford Explorer. .