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Today on this 2002 Ford Windstar we are going to be installing Draw-Tite hitch part number 36189. This installation will also apply for Hidden Hitch part number 90097. We are underneath the vehicle and the first thing we want to do is lower the spare tire out of the way to give us a little bit more working room. Taking a look at the driver side frame rail we have got a larger existing hole here at the end of the frame. That is going to provide our rear most attaching point for our trailer hitch and that is going to be the same on both the driver and passenger sides and then we will put the hitch up. We actually have to drill the forward most hole that we are going to be using as our attaching point. That is going to be in this area right here. That is the same on both driver and passenger sides. 00:35
What we are going to need to do is fish the carriage bolt and block assembly inside the frame and down into that existing hole. We are going to be using a 1/ 2 inch bolt leader. We are just going to take the threaded end and fish out through the forward side of the vehicle, this large access hole on the side of the frame. We will next take the block and slide it onto the bolt leader and then take our carriage bolt and then thread it on to the bolt leader. The hardware is going to be the same for all four attaching points. We are going to take and feed that inside the frame. You may have some difficulty fishing the bolt through the frame at this rear most attaching point due to this narrow section right in here. If that is the case take a hammer and knock the frame a little bit while you are pulling and that helps to loosen it up and get it through. We just want to do the same thing for the passenger side and then we will hang our hitch in to position. 01:21
We are going to attach the hitch to the carriage bolt using the lock washer and hex nut. With the hitch up in position now you can see that the hitch has a cutout for the oblong hole at the bottom of the frame. We do have a little bit of play since this hole that we can use as an attaching point is a little bit larger than the bolt. You just want to make sure that the hitch is centered over this oblong hole before we tighten these bolts down and then proceed to drilling our hole out. When drilling we want to drill with 1/ 2 drill bit. If need be you can drill a pilot hole first and then come back through and enlarge it to 1/ 2 inch. 01:55
Now that we have got our holes drilled we want to fish wire our carriage bolt and block assembly into the forward most holes and add the hardware to the bottom. With all of our hardware in place and our bolts and nuts tightened down we just want to go back through and torque the bolts down. We want to verify with the directions the specific torque rating for each of the bolts. With our bolts torqued down our installation is complete. You just want to make sure if you had lowered your spare tire previously that you put that back up into position. With our hitch installed we are going to give you a couple of necessary dimensions that will help make choosing your hitch accessories a little bit easier. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is going to measure 12 inches and from the center of the pin hole to clear the rear edge of the bumper you are going to measure approximately 8 inches. That will conclude the installation of Draw-Tite hitch part number 36189 on a 2002 Ford Windstar.