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How to Install the Trailer Hitch on a 2016 Honda Pilot

Speaker 1: Today on this 2016 Honda Pilot, we will be having a look at and showing you how to install the class III trailer hitch receiver, part number E98840.Here's what our hitch looks like installed. The first thing you will notice about this hitch is that it is completely hidden behind a rear fascia. The only part that you'll see hanging down is the actual class III 2 by 2 inch receiver opening itself. One thing many of our customers ask when they're purchasing a hitch for their Pilot, since they're planning on using it with a bike rack or cargo carrier is that when they have that installed on the hitch, what's going to happen with the back-up sensors Well, if you do have that installed, as soon as you put your vehicle in reverse, your back-up sensor will go off. But as soon as you put your vehicle back in drive, the alarm will go off and there will be no warning messages at all on the dash.One thing that does set this hitch apart from others on the market is its finish. It has a matte carbide powder coat finish, which we found has been very scratch and rust-resistant when you're comparing it to a standard gloss black or flat black powder coat finish.

On the side of our receiver, you'll find our industry standard 5/8 of an inch diameter hitch pin hole to secure your hitch mounted accessories with the pin and clip. We have a pin and clip available for you separately on our website.Welded onto the bottom are our rolled steel safety chain loops. Now, what's nice about these, even though they aren't the largest opening, they'll still accept a very large safety chain hook like this one without any problems. You can easily clip it on and clip it off. On the back of our receiver, you'll find this collar that's welded on.

What's nice about this collar, not only does it help give us a nice finished look, but it does help improve the strength of the receiver opening.This vehicle is equipped with a spare tire that resides underneath the back of it. You don't even have to worry about removing the spare tire in order to get the hitch installed. You'll still have full access to your spare, should you ever need it. As far as weight capacities go, this hitch features a 900 pound max tongue weight rating, which is the amount forcing down, and a 6,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating. It does support the use of weight distribution and when you're using that with your trailer, your tongue weight rating remains the same at 900 pounds, but your max trailer weight rating increases to 8,000 pounds.

As always, you want to make sure you consult with the owner's manual of your Pilot and not exceed what the vehicle's rated for. Go by whichever number is less.Now, for a few measurements to better assist you in choosing any hitch mounted accessory you may need, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. You're looking at about 14 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver opening and about 5 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the back bumper.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how easy it is to get installed. To begin our install, we're going to point out the well nuts in our frame where our hitch is going to be secured to. When you look straight up on the drivers side frame rail, you'll find three well nuts that go straight up into the frame rail.

Our passenger side's the exact same way. Now, it's a great idea to spray a little lubricant inside your threads, then use a wire brush, part number 814092 on our website, to clean out your threads. You'll want to do this at every location. This will just help remove any loose dirt, rust, or debris.If you look up by the passenger side, you can see it's just a mirror image of the drivers side. The hardware we're going to be using is this bolt here and a conical tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face away from the bolt head up towards the hitch. It's the same for every location. Now with an extra set of hands, we'll raise our hitch into position and we'll secure it with our hardware. With all of our hardware now started, we can tighten it down. We're using a 22 millimeter socket.Now, we'll torque all of our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. And that'll complete our look at and showing you how to install the class III trailer hitch receiver, part number E98840 on this 2016 Honda Pilot.

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