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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Acura MDX - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Acura MDX


Today on our 2015 Acura MDX we're going to review and install the CURT class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C13146. Now here's what our hitch is going to look like once it's installed. As you can see, the hitch is completely hidden behind the rear fascia. This is a completely steel, fully welded constructed hitch that's got a really nice black powder-coated finish to resist rust and corrosion. The only thing really exposed is our receiver tube. It's got our chain hold down on each side and a 5/8 pinhole that goes all the way through the receiver tube.

This is our class three 2" by 2" receiver tube and it's capable of up to 900 pounds of tongue weight and a 6,000 pound towing capacity. Next we'll give you a couple measurements to assist you with selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 3-1/4". From the top of the receiver tube opening down to the ground is 14". This will assist you with selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead and show you the minimum tools required for installing the hitch.

We'll have our spray lubricant and nylon tube brush, 5/8 socket, ratchet, and torque wrench. Next we'll go ahead and show you just how easy it is to install the hitch. Now to begin our install we're going to go ahead and lower and remove the spare tire, open up the rear hatch, the rear cargo area. We'll remove the plug covering up the spare tire crank and use the manufacturer's tools to lower our spare tire. Now let's go ahead and point out the attachment points. Now as we point out the attachment points, keep in mind we've got a total of six attachment points, three on each side.

These attachment points are weld nuts built into the bottom of the frame by the manufacturer. Now each process we do here on one side is going to get repeated identically on the opposite side. Now before we attempt to install the new hardware we're going to want to clinical out the weld nuts, because over time they're going to build up with rust, dust, dirt and debris and it can make it difficult to install the new fasteners. We'll go ahead and spray each one with a spray lubricant, then use our 1/2" nylon tube brush, part number 814092. We'll thoroughly clean out the weld nut. Then I recommend to take one of the new fasteners, thread it into the weld nut to make sure that it will go nice and easily.

Now that we know our weld nut is cleaned out, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process for the other five. To secure the hitch we're going to use the new 14mm bolt and 9/16 conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it will go through the hitch attachment point and into the weld nut. Now as we go to put our hitch in place it's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fasteners. Now as we install our fasteners we'll install each one finger tight until we have them all in place. Now once we have all our fasteners installed we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Now with all our fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now with our hitch installed, let's go ahead and put the spare tire back. Now with the hitch installed, tightened down, and torqued to specifications, we're ready to hit the road. That will do it for our review and install of the CURT class three 2" receiver tube hitch, part number C13146, on our 2016 Acura MDX.


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