Toyota Tacoma: How to Install a Trailer Hitch
The Toyota Tacoma is designed to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Read on to learn how to install a trailer hitch and start towing.
This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma (1996-2015).
Installing a trailer hitch on your Toyota Tacoma gives you the freedom of connecting any trailer to your truck. Whether you always tow, or you just want to have the option to tow, installing a trailer hitch adds value to your truck. You can always install a bike rack to your trailer hitch quickly and easily. Installing a trailer hitch requires a little bit of work, but once installed, your Tacoma will always be ready to tow. Read on to learn how to install almost any trailer hitch to your truck.
- Trailer hitch
Step 1 – Remove rear bumper
The bumper is held in place by two bolts on each side: two on the driver's side, and two on the passenger side. Use your socket to remove the bolts, then slowly remove the bumper.
Step 2 – Remove bumper brackets
There are two bumper brackets: one on the driver's side, and one on the passenger side. Remove the three bolts holding each bracket in place, then remove the brackets.
Step 3 – Install trailer hitch
Install the trailer hitch to the holes in the frame. Then, install the two bumper brackets back on and tighten the two bolts on each side of the trailer hitch as well as the three bolts on each of the bumper brackets. Install bumper to the bumper brackets, then tighten the two bolts on each side.