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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2016 Honda Odyssey - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2016 Honda Odyssey we'll be taking a look at and installing the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, which is a class two hitch with a 1-1/4" opening, part number 36417. Something that's particularly nice about this hitch is the ease of the install, because you simply have two weld nuts on either side for you to put the bolts up into, and the fact that it's an 1-1/4". If you already have those 1-1/4" accessories, then this hitch will work really well for you. Here we've also got the 1/2" hitch pinhole. Then down here, if you're doing light duty towing you've got the loops for your safety chains. Then we've also got a collar here around the receiver tube for a little extra reinforcement.

Then the black powder coat finish that's on this hitch it's going to help prevent any rust or corrosion to give it a nice long-lasting life. On this one it simply bolts into place. There's no drilling or welding required. This hitch also features a 300 pound tongue weight rating and a 3,500 pound gross trailer weight rating. You'll want to be sure to check to see what your vehicle is rated for and not to exceed that. The distance from the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost part of the rear bumper is 5".

From the top of the receiver tube opening opening to the ground is about 12-1/2". This will help you in selecting accessories such as bike racks and cargo carriers. First thing we'll do under the vehicle is we're going to remove these three push pin fasteners, which you can take a flat head screwdriver and pop the center body of them down. Then you can take it out. It's going to be the same on all three of these. Then we'll come up here, use a 10mm socket, take that bolt out.

Once you've got that little bolt out of there, you can take a short Phillips head screwdriver and remove the screw that's right there. Once you've got that out of there, you'll be able to take your panel and pull it down out of the way. Now we're going to have to remove the two exhaust hangers that are here behind our rear axle. We're going to take this and spray a little bit of penetrating oil on there. You can use a pry bar and it will slide off out there.

Then we'll move up to the other one. It's right here behind the crossmember. Same thing: spray a little bit on there. Then that will allow it to hang just enough for you to be able to get your hitch up in there. Now right up here we've got the weld nuts mounted into the frame rail that we're going to be putting our bolts into to mount our hitch up. Before we do that, we just want to take a tubing brush, run that up through there, and make sure that those threads are clean so that they don't get damaged. Then once I've done that, just going to put a little bit of lubricant up in those holes. Then we'll do the same thing on the other side. Here's what we're going to be using to bolt these into place. We've got our bolts along with our conical tooth washer. When we put them up into place, the little teeth that are on the one side are going to go upwards towards the hitch. Now we'll get a second set of hands and put it up into place, get the holes lined up. Then you can get your bolt with conical tooth washer started. Now we've got them all started by hand, we can tighten them. We'll do that on both sides. Then we can torque them down to what is specified in the instruction manual. Once you've done that, you're ready to reinstall your exhaust hangers. Now you can hit the road. That's going to complete our look at the Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver, part number 36417, on our 2016 Honda Odyssey.

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