How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Buick Encore (2013-2020)


Adding a trailer hitch to a Buick Encore requires only a few tools, a Curt 11527 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for Buick Encore model years 2013-2020.

Follow these basic steps to begin hauling trailers and other kinds of hitch-mounted accessories with your Buick Encore today.

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Tie Down
  • Exhaust Pliers
  • 5” Extension
  • 19mm, 17mm Sockets

Buick Encore (2013-2020) hitch installation steps

1. Lower Exhaust

Lower exhaust system at the rubber isolators. Spray a lubricant or soapy water on the metal hanger rod and rubber isolator to assist with removal. 

2. Install Hardware

Properly install hardware to the frame using fish wire. Insert fish wire into the frame rail to feed carriage bolts and spacers through the access holes located on the frame.

3. Put hitch into position

Raise the hitch into position by carefully sliding the passenger side of the hitch over the lowered exhaust pipe.

4. Secure the hitch to the frame

Once the hitch is loosely into place, secure by installing the remaining hardware. Install side weld nuts on each side, then remove fish wire on existing hardware. Be sure to attach flange nuts onto hardware once the fish wire is removed. 

5. Tighten and torque hitch

Tighten and torque all needed hardware to the manufacturer’s specifications. 

6. Re-install Exhaust

Re-install lowered exhaust from Step 1. 

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Buick Encore.

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