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

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, we're going to be installing's 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number E98841. This is what our hitch looks like when it's installed. As you can see, the cross tube is going to be visible underneath the bumper, but it's going to be tucked back far enough to where it won't detract from the looks of the vehicle. It's a class three, 2" x 2" hitch receiver, so it's going to be great for all of your towing needs. It uses a 5/8" hitch pinning clip. One doesn't come included with this, but you can pick one up here at

It utilizes plate style safety chain loops with very large openings, so it should be able to accommodate just about every size safety chain. It features a 900 pound tongue weight. That's the force going down on top of the receiver and a 6,000 pound gross towing capacity. Speaker 1: That's how much it can pull behind it. When utilizing a weight distribution system, the tongue weight's going to remain the same, but the gross towing capacity is going to increase to 8,000 pounds.

You do want to verify in your vehicle's owner's manual that you're not exceeding its towing capacities. Now I've got some measurements for you to help you when deciding on accessories from the ground to the top inside edge of the receiver tube measures about 13 inches. This is important when deciding if you need to drop, rise, or raised shank in any of your accessories. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the rear bumper, it measures about 5 1/2 inches. This is important when determining if any of your folding accessories can be placed in the upright storage position without contacting the bumper.We'll begin our installation under the vehicle.

We've already lowered down the spare tire out of the way to give ourselves some more room to work. Next, we'll lower down our exhaust. Before you do that, you want to put a strap or something into place, to prevent it from falling too far and causing any damage. We'll now remove the three rubber isolators that keep our exhaust up. We'll use some lubrication to make it easier to get those off.

Then just take a little pry bar or a similar tool, and just pry it off of there. Speaker 1: After we've got our last one off, we can loosen up our strap as need be to get our exhaust to come down. We'll then remove the underbody panels on both the driver's and passenger's side. On the driver's side, you'll have four pins you need to remove, and there'll only be three on your passenger's side. We'll pop out the center of the push pin. That'll allow us to pull the rest of it down. You can do this with a flat bladed screwdriver or a trim panel removal tool. Once you've removed all the clips, you just want to pull it down. There are two plastic nuts up here. They're not unscrew nuts. You just simply pull them off. That will take off our passenger's side. We'll now clean the weld nuts located on the bottom of the frame, on each side. I'm just going to spray that with some lubricant and use a bristle brush to clean them out. Speaker 1: You can pick up bristle brushes here at We'll do that for all the remaining holes. Each of the small bolts that come in your kit will have a conical toothed washer placed on them with the teeth facing away from the head of the bolt. You have a total of four that you're going to assemble like this. We'll now raise our hitch into position. We want to make sure when you're raising up your hitch on your passenger's side that you put the hitch between the frame and the bumper locator pin. We'll take the assembled hardware that we made, slide it up through the bottom of the hitch, and thread it into the bottom, right into our existing weld bin. Once you've got one started on each side, it'll hold itself in position, making it easier to install the rest of your hardware.On your driver's side just get the long carriage bolts and slide them through the hitch and the frame. Then on our passenger's side we'll be sliding in the same bolts from the outside of the frame, but we want to go through the small bracket that comes with it. We'll do that with both bolts. Now, on the inside you may notice that the bumper locator pin may interfere with placing the nuts on. You may need to pry it out of the way or cut it off. We're just going to pry ours over a little bit, just enough to get our nut on. We'll take the flange nuts that come in the kit, and thread those on each of the carriage bolts we slipped through the frame. Speaker 1: We'll do this on the other side as well. We'll now go back and tighten down all our hardware. The larger bolts and nuts we'll tighten down with a 19 millimeter socket, and the smaller underside bolts we'll tighten down with a 17 millimeter socket. Then torque down all of your hardware to the specifications found in your instructions. We can now put our exhaust back up, so we'll use some lubrication to make it easier to slide back on. Just lift it up and push it right back into position. We'll do that with the remaining two hangers. We can now take our strap back down, and reinstall our side panels. All that's left is to put our spare tire up. That completes our installation of's 2" Trailer Hitch Receiver on our 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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