Article provided by: Rhino Hitch
Installing a hitch is one of the most straightforward tasks for an average truck owner. A DIY truck installation is an excellent way of saving money. Our hitches’ engineering makes installation east and as minimally invasive as possible. You need a few hand tools and necessary installation skills to fit in the parts.
How to install trailer hitches in Redding CA
The first step to fixing a hitch is reading the instructions. You can familiarize yourself with the basics of the process by reading the manual in the package. It is also recommendable you check the manufacturer’s FAQ for further instructions. The blog may have helpful discussions from previous buyers of the hitch.
You should set aside the necessary tools needed before beginning the process. These may vary according to the type of truck accessories in Redding CA. Here is a list of devices that are common for all kinds of hitch installations:
- Rocket set
- Shop light
- Ratchet extension
- Safety glasses
- Swivel socket
- Torque wrench
Some tools are, however, rare but useful for heavy-duty trailer hitches.
- Power drill
- Pry bar
- Die grinder
- Tape measure
- Jack and stands
- Trim tool
- Wrench set
Jack the vehicle
You have to put the wheel clocks on the front wheels to begin jacking up the car. This process is only necessary for heavy-duty hitches, such as ones on trailers. Activate the emergency break and make sure you jack up the vehicle to a safe height. Use a jack stand to keep the car stable for long.
Use a work light
Have an extra light that illuminates the workspace with minimal adjustments and effort. Study the bolts and components underneath the car that will be part of the hitch’s position.
You have to remove the rear tire of the vehicle to make way for the hitch’s installation. You may have to lower the exhaust for extra spacing during the fixation process.
Some trailer hitches require the use of specific rubber plugs and bolts. Others require drilling into the frame. It is impossible to exhaust all the different installation processes because each car make and model will vary.
You can move the hitch into position after securing the car and making space. You may need assistance to move the hitch into its correct position when working with heavy-duty parts. Our heavy-duty hitches may weight up to 50 lbs or more.
You should tighten the bolts and nuts enough to keep the hitch in place. You can start by tightening the bolt with hands then progress to torquing.
The amount of torque you use on each bolt will vary according to the specified installation techniques. Some truck accessories in Redding CA need approximately 100-foot lbs of torque. Other heavy-duty hitches employ torques of nearly 160-foot pounds. Make sure you have the right tools to torque the hitch into the place with maximum tightness.
Rhino hitch has a dedicated customer care team to help you with the fixation process. Contact us to verify the details of the tools required. We will help you clarify the fitness of the hitch and other necessary items.
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