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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2015 Nissan Altima - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2015 Nissan Altima

Today on our 2015 Nissan Altima, we'll be installing the Draw Tite Class 1, 1'1/4" receiver hitch, part number 24796. As you can see it's got a nice square tube design and it tucks up underneath the vehicle so it's not real easily visible. This hitch has a 200 pound tongue capacity and 2000 pound towing capacity. Next, I'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist your selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is 6-1/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/2". This will assist your selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier.

We'll go ahead and with the installation. Now to begin our install we're first going to go ahead and open up the trunk and remove the spare tire cover. Now the reason we're removing the spare tire cover is because ultimately part of our attachment points, we're going to go through the frame into the trunk area. I'll go ahead and pull the cargo mat out of the way first, set it aside, then our spare tire cover and the fiber board underneath. Now for the cover, if I take it, fold it in and up, it will keep it out of the way because ultimately what we need to expose is the frame rail on both sides. Here you can see a small indention and below that is the frame. Next we need to remove both muffler assemblies.

There's one on the driver and passenger side and for the install of our hitch, whether it's disassembly or re-installation, each step we do here on one side is going to get repeated identically on the opposite side because our hitch attachment points for the driver and passenger side are identical. Now to remove the muffler we're first going to go ahead, loosen the exhaust clamp. Then, using a spray lubricate, we'll spray down the rubber isolator that's above the muffler. Once we have the muffler released from the exhaust pipe, we'll just take it and slide it toward the rear of the vehicle so that the metal hanger will come out of the rubber isolator. Now with the passenger side down and out we'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the driver's side. Now with the exhaust out of the way we need to relocate the heat shields. We're just going to take them and fold them out toward the rear of the vehicle, out toward the tire or away from the center opening up the space between the spare tire well and the frame.

Here's where the hitch side bracket is going to sit. Now with both heat shields out of the way, it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands. We're going to take the hitch, hold it up into position and using a paint marker, mark out our two attachment points for each side. Now once we have our holes marked we'll go ahead and bring the hitch back down and out of the way and as you can see we used the hitch as a template to mark out our attachment points. Next we'll go ahead and drill them out. To drill them out I'm going to start with a smaller pilot hole and work my way up to my final size as per the instructions.

Now that our hole's drilled out, I'm going to go ahead and get back into the trunk. Before we put our hardware in place we're going to apply some of the Loctite RTV Gasket Silicone Maker, part number LT37467. This will help to seal up around our attachment points to make sure we seal it up from the outside. Now for each side we're going to have a bolt plate that will sit down over top of the attachment holes and then a 7/16" carriage bolt that will go down through each attachment point. All right, we're now ready to go ahead and put our hitch in place. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help put the hitch up in place and then install your fasteners. Keep in mind that you need to be very careful as you put your hitch in place not to push your hardware back up into the trunk. Now as you put your hardware in place keep in mind we'll have this footlock washer and then the nut. With my nut already in the socket and this footlock washer resting on top gently feed them both into place, just use that to thread and get our nut started. Once it's started I'll go ahead and tighten it down, hand tight. Now with the passenger side done I'll move over to the driver's side and repeat the same process. Now with all the fasteners installed we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Once we have all our fasteners tightened down we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in instructions. Now with all our fasteners tightened down and torqued to specifications, we'll push the heat shields back into place and then reinstall the mufflers. Quick tech tip, once you have your mufflers tightened back down, go ahead and check to make sure that the heat shield doesn't rattle on the hitch or the muffler. Alright now with our exhaust reinstalled we'll move back into the trunk and reinstall the inner cargo liner and cover. Now with everything installed we're ready to hit the road. And that will do it for the install of the Draw Tite Class 1, 1'1/4" receiver hitch, part number 24796 on our 2015 Nissan Altima. .

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