How important are trailer hitches to vehicles? Would you also agree that a luxury car should have trailer hitches? I would like to agree. Luxury car’s purpose is for elegance of course, however, if an emergency happen and you only have your luxury car to rely with, would you not use it because it’s a luxury car? Even if means it can save life?
Here’s an instruction I found from eHow on how you can install trailer hitches easily.
- Back the car onto a set of automotive ramps and apply the parking brake. Chock both front wheels to prevent forward movement.
- Crawl under the rear of the car and locate the two factory tow hooks — one per side — mounted to the car’s undercarriage. Remove both retaining bolts on each tow hook with a 14 mm socket and ratchet wrench. Remove the hooks from the car and save them and the bolts for possible future installation if you should choose to remove the trailer hitch.
- Pry out the plastic rivets that secure the under-body bumper fascia on the driver’s side of the car with a flat blade screwdriver. Lower the fascia from the car and place it on a workbench or other suitable work area. Save the rivets for installation of the fascia later.
- Locate the tow hook slot in the driver’s side fascia removed previously. Draw vertical lines directly below each edge of the tow hook slot with a felt-tipped pen to the bottom of the fascia. Cut through the fascia on the lines with a sharp utility knife. Remove the material below the slot and discard it.
- Have a helper raise the hitch into place on the underside of the car. Ensure the holes in the hitch mounting flanges line up with the bolt holes where the tow hooks were removed.
- Place lock washers over the hitch mounting bolts provided with the hitch. Thread the bolts through the holes in the hitch and into the tow hook bolt holes. Tighten the bolts finger-tight. Have the helper release the hitch.
- Tighten the bolts with a torque wrench to the torque specified by the hitch manufacturer.
- Raise the altered bumper fascia to the driver’s side of the car, working the cut-out area around the protruding part of the hitch. Push the original rivets back through the mounting holes of the piece by hand until they are fully seated. Remove the wheel chocks and slowly drive the car off the ramps.