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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Honda Odyssey - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Honda Odyssey


Today in this 2015 Honda Odyssey, we're going to show you the Curt Class II inch and a quarter receiver hitch, part number C12031. This is what the hitch looks like once installed in your Odyssey. At first glance, you can see the hitch just below the bumper. You can see the body going across as well. We'll take a closer look at the receiver. Here's our inch and a quarter opening.

It has a nice rounded symmetrical collar around it, same on both sides. It goes into our receiver tube which also uses a half inch pin and clip or your favorite locking pin and clip. Our hitch does come with a pin and clip as well. When we look below the receiver, you can see a flat welded piece of steel. It also has two ovals for your safety chains. Beyond that, it goes into the round stock of the body of the hitch.

From here on out, it goes off to each side of the hitch where it's welded together and reaches up into the frame where we use existing holes and no drilling is required. It has a 350 pound tongue weight which is the weight that pushes down the hitch. It also has a 3500 pound pull weight for your trailer. Now it's important to make sure that your Odyssey is equipped to handle these kinds of weights, so check with your owner's manual or your dealer. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories such as a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 14 inches.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be about 4-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how we installed the hitch. We'll start off with the passenger side and lower the exhaust. We'll spray it down with some lubricant and then we'll go ahead and pry off the rubber hanger. On our driver side, we need to remove this panel. There will be three plastic fasteners on the outside edge, plus a couple more on the back side.

To remove the plastic fastener, we'll take a flat blade screwdriver, pop open the centers and you can pull it off. Sometimes you'll have to pry it out as well. Some vehicles will have this extra trim panel here and one of the fasteners is hidden behind it. We need to go ahead and loosen this up by taking out these two screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Back part of the tire, there's a bolt we have to remove using a 10 mm socket. Now there's another 10 mm bolt right here we have to remove and one final bolt right here using a Phillips head screwdriver. Then we can go ahead and take this panel down. Now this is an optional part here. You can leave this off after you have the hitch installed or you can put it back on. Next up on getting our vehicle ready is we need to clean up the holes to have threads in them. Once again we'll use a spray lubricant on them and we'll use a tube brush to help clean up the threads. We'll take one of the hitch bolts to make sure they thread in okay. Our driver side is done. We'll repeat the same thing over on the passenger side. Next we'll go ahead and show you where our hitch will mount up on the frame. This hitch will use this threaded hole and this threaded hole here. That was our passenger side. Now let's go look at our driver side. I'm going to use the same two holes that we saw on the other side and this hole right here. In this hole, we need to install this carriage bolt and a block. These two will fit inside the frame just like this. To help us do that, we're going to use the provided hole leader 00:03:39. We'll go ahead and push it through out this hole here. Then we'll take our block, thread it on and push into the frame. Then we'll take our bolt, thread it unto the bolt leader, push that into the frame and slowly pull it out. At this point, you can leave the bolt leader on or off. If you leave it on, you push it back in and you can always pull it back through. Next we'll go ahead and show you the hardware that goes into the threaded holes. We're looking at the driver side of the hitch and two threaded holes will line up with these two holes in the hitch. This time we'll go with the bolt we installed in the frame, inaudible 00:04:24 bolt and our conical tooth washer. We'll make sure that the teeth of the washer always stays towards the hitch inaudible 00:04:30 like that on the four remaining holes, three on this side and only two on the passenger side. With an extra set of hands, we can go ahead and put the hitch up into place. We'll push it up over the exhaust and we'll install a bolt on each side to help hold it up. Now we'll keep everything loose for now, one bolt on each side to hold the hitch up and we'll install our remaining fasteners. Keeping the hitch loose will make it easier to line up the holes. We're done with our passenger side for now. Let's go ahead and finish up on the driver side. For our carriage bolt, we'll get a flange nut. Now all our hardware loosely installed, now we can tighten it down and then torque the bolts down as per instructions. For these metric bolts here, we'll use a 19 mm or a 3-1/4 inch socket. For our flange nut, we'll need 11/16 socket. Back to our panel here, this is optional if you want to put this up. Otherwise you can put the mud flap back into place. If you don't put this back up, all we got to do is make a small modification in this bolt hole 00:05:45 right here. It's elongated this way and there'll be enough clearance for it to go into place. It still will be tight, but it'll work. Now we'll go ahead and put our panel back up. After our modifications, we'll go ahead and put it back up into place. Let's line up the original holes. It does tend to rub a little bit here. You may or may not have to trim here. We'll just push it over and then reinstall your fasteners. We're done for the driver side. One last thing is we'll reinstall our exhaust unto the rubber hanger. With or without the panel, you could reinstall the mud flap as well. With that, that's it for the install of the Curt Class II inch and a quarter receiver hitch, part number C12031 on this 2015 Honda Odyssey.


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