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So my 2014 CC didn't come with a receiver hitch...not a big deal to me because I don't have anything to tow, but every once in a blue moon I'll pull a standard homeowner utility trailer (single axle 5'x10' for example).

So I bought this curt hitch. It installs easlily, but the bolt that goes down through the bumper (under the cap) into the hitch is supposed to be torqued at 380 ft-lbs. which of course most DIY homeowners don't have that type of torque-ability .

Any ideas on how/where to get this torqued to that spec? Would the dealer do it for me?

Also the cap that is in the bumper where that bolt went through now doesn't fit very well - pops off easily...any ideas?
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If you just have a ratchet put a pipe over it and that will give you the leverage you need to get it tight enough. I'm old school and really only used a torque wrench on engines. About The caps I'm guessing the bolts are too big and they won't stay down. Try gluing them down with some silicon maybe.
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Well I've torqued it as high as my wrench would go - which is 120 ft-lbs or so. 380 seems ridiculous to me, but engineers are smarter than I am so I figure there's a reason they said 380 and not 120.

the cap is normally held on with 3 little tabs, and yeah the bolt is sticking up just enough that they can't engage very well (it'll stay on but barley). Maybe the 380 ft-lbs is so that cap fits!!
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I just looked at and some instructions for curt hitch on the ram. It said some bolts get torqued at 110 and the others at 126. Your 380 # sounded crazy high. I just googled instructions for curt trailer hitch ram 1500.
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maybe it's a typo but it's in the instructions for this particular hitch....

https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrar..._13333_INS.PDF
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