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How to Fit a KIA Rio Towbar

Updated July 20, 2017

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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  1. Park the Rio on level ground.

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

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

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

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

  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. 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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Things You'll Need

  • Tow bar kit
  • Wrench

About the Author

Angelo Elia began writing in 2007. He has written for several websites, newspapers and magazines, including "Multicom Media" and "Vaughan Citizen." He holds an advanced diploma in print and broadcast journalism from Humber College.

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