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How to Install the Trailer Hitch on a 2014 Toyota Sienna

Hey everybody. Ryan here at Today we have the etrailer hitch installed on the Sienna. Probably my most favorite thing about this particular hitch is that it is hidden for the most part. The only thing you're gonna be able to see is the receiver. I also really like how it sits just about flush with our rear bumper.

That's going to allow us to use many folding accessories without having to worry about them making contact.In my opinion this hitch has the most durable finish out of many of the other ones. It's actually gonna be a matte black carbide finish. So it's gonna stand up to the elements really well. It's also going to be more scratch-resistant. This is a class three hitch so it's going to have that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening.

It's also going to utilize a reinforced collar for extra strength. Also, the pin hole is going to be the standard 5/8 size. If you need a pin and clip you can pick one up on It's also going to have loop style safety chain openings. These are nice because there's gonna be no interference with them.

So you're gonna be able to use just about any size hook that you might have.The hitch is going to have a maximum tongue weight rating of 525 pounds. That's gonna be the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. It's gonna have a maximum gross trailer weight rating of 3,500 pounds. That's gonna be the amount of weight pulling on the hitch. So that's gonna be the weight of your trailer plus anything you might have on it.

Now it's always a good idea to check with your owners manual to make sure your Toyota can pull that much weight.Now I'm gonna give you a couple of measurements. You're gonna use these to determine which hitch mounted accessories to use. From the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube opening is about 11 3/4 of an inch. You're gonna use that measurement when determining to get a ball mount with either a rise or a drop. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper is about 4 inches. You're gonna use that measurement to figure out if you can use your folding accessories in the upright position without making contact with the bumper.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our install we're going to need to remove this plastic splash guard. There's gonna be a few different style fasteners holding it in place. We're gonna go ahead and remove these ones first. There's going to be eight of these white pushpin style fasteners all along the front edge of the splash guard. To get 'em out you can use a trim panel removal tool like this or even a flathead screwdriver can do the trick as well. Just pry underneath the white head of it, pull down, and then it'll pop right out.Now here towards the bumper there's going to be five 10 millimeter screws that we're gonna need to remove. Now finally there's gonna be four fasteners like this. The best way to get these out is with a phillips head screwdriver. And they can be kinda tricky sometimes, so what I've found that works good is to, while you're spinning it actually kinda put some light pressure pulling down on the splash guard and it'll pop free like that.Once we have it removed, we can just set it off to the side for now. Now eventually we're going to need to pull our bumper back a little bit to make enough room to get our hitch up in there. Well what's gonna make that a little bit easier is if we remove these fasteners that hold our bumper cover to the wheel wells. So we're gonna have one over here on the driver side. And to get it use a flathead screwdriver or trim panel tool. And they're very similar to the white fasteners that we removed earlier. We just pry down on the center portion of it, and get behind it and pull down. Now we're gonna repeat that process on the other side, except there's gonna be two of them, same fasteners.We're gonna need to lower our exhaust down, but before we do that I like to use a strap. I put it on each spring on each side of our van, and tighten it up a little bit. That way when we do lower the exhaust it can be controlled and won't fall down on us. To lower it we're going to have to remove three rubber isolators just like this. One here by the tailpipe, and one right here as well as right here. Now the trick I like to use is to use some spray lubricant and soak the rubber isolator down. That way it makes it a little easier to pry off. I'm just gonna use a pry bar, and get it off just like that. And go ahead and do that for the two remaining hangers.Now here on the frame rail we're going to have one rubber plug and three black stickers. We're going to need to remove those. To get the plug out you just take a flathead or a trim panel tool, and just pop it on out. Now the stickers you can just scrape away with the flathead. Now the other side is exactly the same. So once we have all these removed and cleaned we'll go ahead and repeat that same process. Keep in mind, anything from this point on, if we do the one side we'll do to the other.Now that our mounting locations are exposed, it's a good idea to clean the threads out. I'm just gonna use a little lubricant and a tube brush to clean it out. If you need one of these you can find it on the instructions tell us to remove our rear bumper, however, I've found a way to get our hitch installed that saves us a lot of time. What we're gonna do is, along here there's going to be two tabs just like this. What we're gonna do is actually bend those flat, and when we do this we've gotta be really careful cause they're just glued on. So what I like to do is take something to hold and put pressure on this top portion, and with a pair of pliers just carefully work it down flat.Before we put our hitch in place I just wanna point out what hardware we're going to be using. Now this setup is going to be used for all of our attachment points. We're gonna take a bolt, a conical tooth washer, put it on like that and then we'll put this up through the hitch and into the frame. Now you just wanna make sure that the teeth on the conical tooth washer are always going to be facing the hitch. So you'll put it on like this.Now with an extra set of hands we can put the hitch in place. Now we will have to kind of fish it in there, and bend our bumper tabs around it. Once we have it set against our frame we can take our hardware and get it hand tight. We're gonna want one bolt in each side, that way the hitch will support itself while we work on the rest of the hardware. With all of our hardware in place we can go ahead and snug 'em all down.Now we can use a torque wrench to torque all of our hardware down. You can find that torque specification in instructions. Now we can go ahead and re-hang our exhaust the same way that we removed it. Since our exhaust is supporting itself now, we can take off our safety strap.Now we're gonna go ahead and straighten out our tabs. Now we can trim out our panel, that way we can put it back in place and it won't interfere with our hitch. Now there is a diagram and instructions that you can follow. I went ahead and marked it out here. Since this plastic is relatively thin you can use a sharp knife, some shears, or even a dremel tool if you have one, to remove that material.Now I'm gonna go ahead and reinstall our panel that same way that we removed it.And that'll do it for our look at an installation of the trailer hitch receiver on a 2014 Toyota Sienna.

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