How to Fit a KIA Rio Towbar

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How to Fit a KIA Rio Towbar
The 2011 Kia Rio, shown above, is compatible with a tow bar kit. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The compact Rio is one of Kia's greenest vehicles, according to Kia Motors spokesman Peter Franchin, who says the sedan is equipped with 110 horsepower and keyless entry. Equipped with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, Franchin says the Rio is Kia's most economical vehicle. The Kia Rio is also compatible with a tow bar. To install a tow bar on the Kia Rio, you will need a tow bar kit, which is available at most auto parts shops.

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Things you need

  • Tow bar kit
  • Wrench

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  1. 1

    Park the Rio on level ground.

    How to Fit a KIA Rio Towbar
    Park your Kia before attempting to install a tow bar kit. (Jeff Golden/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Pull off the Rio's exhaust hanger with your fingers in order to lower the vehicle's exhaust. The exhaust hanger is a small rubber piece found by the Rio's exhaust, at the rear of the vehicle.

  3. 3

    Pull off the clips found at the bottom edge of the Rio's rear bumper.

  4. 4

    Place the crossbar included in the tow bar kit over the Rio's exhaust and inside the rear bumper's bottom edge.

  5. 5

    Screw in the bolts, included in the tow bar kit, loosely with your fingers at either end of the crossbar.

  6. 6

    Tighten the bolts with a wrench and then reattach the Rio's exhaust hanger and bumper clips.

  7. 7

    Place the swan neck piece included in the tow bar kit between the metal pieces at the centre of the crowbar and then place the electrical plate (also included in the tow bar kit), to the crossbar's left metal piece and then screw in the bolts with a wrench.

  8. 8

    Place the safety chain plate, included in the tow bar kit, to the crossbar's right metal piece and then screw in the bolts with a wrench.

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