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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2014 Nissan Pathfinder - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder


All right today on this 2014 Nissan Pathfinder we're going to install part #C13126 from Curt. All right this is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next we'll give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 15 inches and from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 2-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. OK. The first thing we need to do is lower our spare tire.

To do that we'll open up the back hatch so we can ratchet down the spare tire. OK, once we have our spare tire out of the way we'll go ahead and go underneath the vehicle and remove the tow hook from the driver's side frame rail. Now this tow hook will not be reinstalled. There's two bolts on the bottom and two bolts on the outboard side of the frame. Next we need to go ahead and remove the bumper brackets for the fascia.

There's one on each side. There's a plastic rivet on the bottom that we have to remove and then a bolt on the inside edge of the bumper. We'll save these parts and the hardware for re-installation later. Now we need to mark and trim our bumper for our hitch. We need to start off from our location from the center of the bumper. In this case there's a small stub at the edge of the plastic.

It's kind of hard to see but it's there. We can use that for our center. Always go by your instructions but we're going to cut a dimension of 2-1/2 inches wide left and right and then from front to rear underneath the bumper cover we're going to measure out 1-3/8. We'll go ahead and use some tin snips to make our cut and also a knife to score the last part and we'll just fold it up out of the way and unsnap it. You may have to score it a few extra times. Now our vehicle is ready to install our hitch.

In this case we have 6 bolts and 6 conical tooth washers. When we install our conical tooth washers, we always want to make sure the teeth of the washers always face towards the hitch. We'll go ahead and put the combination together and into the hitch so you see how it goes before we install it. This will be identical on all 6 fasteners. Now it would be a good idea to test fit the fasteners into the threads at the bottom of the vehicle as well. With an extra set of hands, we'll go ahead and put it up in position and line it up with the existing threaded holes in the bottom of the frame. We'll get a bolt on each side to help hold up the hitch and then we can go ahead and install the fasteners. Once the rest of our fasteners are loosely installed we'll go ahead and tighten the bolts down and then torque them down as specified in the instructions. Then we need to go ahead and reinstall our fascia mounting brackets. Now we do have to make one small modification to the plastic fasteners. The tip on the end will actually hit against the bottom of the hitch so we need to trim off the edge just a little bit. We'll make a cut and then reinstall our fastener. Then we'll reinstall the bolt on the inside of the bumper. We'll do this on both sides and then raise the spare tire back into place. All right that will finish it for our install part #C13126 from Curt on our 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. .


Paul K.

10/17/2020

What tap do you use to clean the threads of the frame build in nuts in a 2014 pathfinder? See product I bought from etrailer. I need to tap the frame build-in nuts because they are very rusted. I need to know what tap to buy the thread of the bolts is very thin - not sure what it is. Thank you

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Jon G.

10/19/2020

For your application you'll want to use the Kit # PTW8662 .

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