How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a Ford Escape (2013-2019)

Adding a trailer hitch to a Ford Escape requires only a few tools, a Curt 13186 trailer hitch, and a short amount of time to complete the installation. This trailer hitch and installation process will work for Ford Escape model years 2013-2019.

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

Tools needed:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Torque Wrench
  • Tin Snips
  • Air Saw
  • Exhaust Pliers
  • Impact Wrench
  • 5” Extension
  • 17mm, 13mm, 10mm Sockets

Ford Escape (2013-2019) hitch installation steps

1. Lower the Exhaust 

Use a 13mm socket to assist in lowering the exhaust. Lower the exhaust bracket hanger using exhaust pliers. Trim a section of the heat shield to expose the attachment points for the trailer hitch. 

2. Install the hardware

Check to see if the spacer and bolt head will fit through the access hole, if not modify the hole to accept hardware with the air saw. Feed spacers and carriage bolts into position using provided fish wire. Push only fasteners back into frame rail leaving fish wire and the extra wire sticking out of the frame rail.

3. Put hitch into position

The next step is to raise our hitch into position between frame rails. Feed fish wire through adjacent holes in the hitch.

4. Tighten and torque hitch

Use the 17mm socket, 5” extension, and torque wrench to tighten and then torque carriage bolts to the manufacturer's specifications.

5. Raise Exhaust

The last step is to raise the exhaust and re-attach the exhaust brackets.

You should now have your trailer hitch installed on your Ford Escape.

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