How to Put a Hitch Receiver on My Car


Lift up the vehicle using the jack and place it on jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is secure before you crawl underneath it.


Locate the three bolt holes on each side of the underside of the vehicle that are on the frame rails on either side of the spare tire well. Spray the penetrating oil into these threaded holes and clean them out with the wire brush to remove any residue or rust that may be in the holes.


Unbolt the muffler and the first bolt on the frame rail for the muffler heat shield using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Then pull down the muffler a little bit so it's out of the way.


Lift the hitch onto the vehicle, resting the passenger side on top of the muffler while you loosely thread the hitch into the frame rail using the hardware provided with the hitch kit. Then lift the passenger side of the hitch and loosely bolt it into place as well. The most forward bolt will hold the exhaust heat shield and the hitch.


Tighten all of the bolts down on the hitch using a 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets, then bolt the muffler back into the stock location in the same manner. Raise the vehicle off of the jack stands using the jack and place it back on the ground.

Trailer hitches are standard eqiuipment on most trucks, but that doesn't mean that a car can't have one too. While a car has potentially less horsepower and torque than a big truck, it can still pull a light trailer or a small boat to and from various places with minimal effort. Because of that, many manufacturers have factory bolt locations for a hitch, making the installation the much easier. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2003 Toyota Camry, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.