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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

Today on 2017 Hyundai Sante Fe, we're going to be taking a look and also showing you how to install the Curt Custom Fit Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver. This offers the two inch by two inch opening. It's part number is C131153. Now after installation, this is what the rear of our vehicle is going to look like. Our hitch remains completely hidden behind the fascia. Even our cover here is going to go back into place, keeping even our receiver tube opening, our safety chain connection points, everything out of the way. Now when we're ready to use our hitch it's going to be just a couple of push pin fasteners here on the side. To pull those off, you just take out that middle core and the outside will come with it.

Once those are out, we just push in the two tabs. You've got one on each side there. You can see we've got a receiver tube opening hidden right in there behind it, safety chain connection points are going to come up here kind of in a plate style. Plenty of room in there for getting our safety chains connected. Not only does this hitch work out great for towing, it's also really good for bike racks, for cargo carriers. Just about anything that will fit in a hitch, they're going to make in a class three form. When it comes to securing all of these items, we've got a five-eights diameter pin hole.

You can see it's located right here. We're going to use class three rated accessories to hold any of items in place so we'll have the strength that we need. It looks like there's plenty of room there no matter what type of . whether it's just a regular hitch pin, or maybe locking hitch pin or even anti-rattle device. It looks like we're going to have plenty of room there to get those things attached. When it comes to weight ratings, the hitch is going to offer a nine hundred pound ton weight rating.

So that's the maximum downward force we can put here at our receiver tube opening. It gives a six thousand pound gross trailer weight rating. So that's going to be the total weight of our trailer in anything that we would load up on it. If we move into a weight distribution set up, the towing weight is going to stay the same at nine hundred pounds; however, that gross trailer weight rating, it's going to go up to eight thousand pounds. I think you'll definitely want to take a look at the owner's manual on the Santa Fe, though.

Check out it's tow ratings and then go off of whichever of those numbers are the lowest. Now, a couple measurements that are helpful in selecting ball mounts, bike racks, or hitch cargo carriers, will be from the ground to the inside top edge of the receiver tube opening, we've got about fifteen and half inches. Then, from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of our bumper, it's about four. Now to begin our installation, we're going to get in the back hatch area here and open up this panel. We've got our spare tire lowering mechanism right here. Get a little flat blade screwdriver to pull this cap off, this is an optional step but it definitely makes life a little bit easier in doing our install. Then, we can either use our tire tool or we're going to be using a twenty-one millimeter socket, and we want to get this lowered down. Next, we'll come to the underside here and we've got two pushpin fasteners that are right here on this rear fascia cover. Just want to pull the middle portion of that out and then that outside will come with it. If they separate, we can always push them back together. Once those are out, we can just pull in on the tab that's on each side here. We'll lower that door out of the way. On the bottom of your frame well, here in the backside, we've got weld nuts that are in our frame. We're going to use a little bit of spray lubricant or spray cleaner and we want to clean these out. We've got our tube brush here. This part number 814092. See the undercoating gets in those threads and it can kind of . it'll mess with us when we get our bolts put in there. So we want to clean them out the best we can. Now on each side you're going to see the alignment pins here. There are for when they slide on the bumper, that helps to get in lined up. What's going to interfere slightly with the nut when put it on are our hardware, so what we're going to do is just bend that down and out just slightly. That should give us the room we need and we'll do that on both sides. Now we're going to raise our hitch into position and we're going to secure it first with our M10 bolts. You'll see conical teeth washer in that. We want that to face up towards our hitch. The teeth on it we want to face up towards the hitch. The bolts will go through the bracket on our hitch and they're going to thread into those weld nuts we just cleaned out. Once we get one started, we can go do the other side. Get one started there, and that should hold our hitch into position for us. Just want to make sure you get three or four good turns on it. While our hitch rests there, let's get the rest of our hardware in place. With our m10 hardware loosely installed, we're going to our carriage bolts and slide through just like that. Then, on the outside of our frame rail, we're going to thread on our flange nut. Now, we can take a quick look just to make sure that our hitch is centered in the opening here. Then, we can start snugging down our hardware. Now we want to look in our instructions; there we're going to find our torque specifications. We want to go around to all eight pieces of hardware and get in torqued down appropriately. All right, that's it for the hitch installation. Now we need to get our spare tire put back up into position there. With our spare tire back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Curt Custom Fit Class Three Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number C13153 on our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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