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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Impala

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2011 Chevrolet Impala

Today on this 2011 Chevy Impala we are going to install a Curt Hitch part number, part number C12252. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you in selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the pin hitch hole to the outer most point of the bumper is 7. From the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 13-3/4 . Now lets go ahead with our installation. Before we can install our hitch we will need to remove the exhaust.

We will remove these two hangers here and lower the exhaust, but before I lower my exhaust Im going to go ahead and put a safety strap underneath of it so we can control how far and fast it will fall. Now to remove the hangers Im going to use a little spray lubricant first, this will make it easier to remove and install later. We will go ahead and use a pry bar and simply remove the rubber hanger from the upper portion of the hanger bracket. With our hangers removed we can go ahead and lower the safety strap so that the exhaust will come down. To give myself a little more working room, I am going to go ahead and remove the hanger off the exhaust pipe also.

Now we can lower our safety strap and this will give us enough working room. Weve got a total of 6 fastening points, 4 on the frame, 2 on the drivers side, 2 on the passengers side, and then weve got 2 on the cross member between the frames. Everything we show you on the drivers side we will repeat exactly on the passengers side. We will take our bolt leader and go up through our fastening point and out the access hole, then we will slide our block on our bolt leader, thread our carriage bolt and push the block up into the frame. And I will put my bolt into the frame, pull them both into position.

I remove my bolt leader and repeat the same process for the other 5 fastening points. Now with all of our fasteners in position we will go ahead and put our hitch up. Its a good time to get an extra set of hands to help you hold it in place; we will be installing our inch flange nut. With our flange nuts we will just tighten them down finger tight. Now that we have them all in place we will go ahead and tighten them down.

With all the nuts tightened down we will go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Now that we have all of our fasteners tightened down to specifications we will go ahead and reinstall the exhaust. Theres our two muffler hangers and we have our one muffler hangers. With our hangers reinstalled we will go ahead and remove our safety strap. And that will conclude the installation of our Curt Hitch part number C12252 on a 2011 Chevy Impala.

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