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Tow Ready Tow Package Replacement Vehicle Wiring Harness by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese
✔ Confirmed to fit your 1997 Ford Explorer
Installation: The connection point is hanging underneath the rear of the Ford Explorer and can be found on either the driver or passenger side. Connector will have a protective cap that will need to be removed. The 4-pole trailer connector will be stowed under the Ford Explorer close to the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket is recommended.
Tech Tip: It is always a good idea to apply a small amount of grease to all electrical connections to help prevent corrosion.
Warning: Overloading circuit can cause fires. Do not exceed lower of towing manufacturer rating or:
Read Ford Explorer's owners manual and instruction sheet for additional information.
Ford Explorers with the tow package will have a plug hanging underneath the Ford Explorer. The plug is usually located in the rear of the Ford Explorer on the driver's side. However, the plug can also be found on the passenger's side and sometimes even on both sides. The small grey plug is usually covered with a red nipple (as pictured), but the colors and styles of caps do vary.
Video of Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector
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installation instructions And specs For complete information.
Today on our 1999 Ford Ranger, we'll install the custom fit vehicle wiring harness 4-pole connector, part number 118241. To begin our install, we'll first need to locate the manufacturer's tow port. For this application, it's behind the bumper here on the driver's side. To gain access to it, we'll just take a trim panel tool or flat blade screwdriver and pry the connector free from the secured point behind the bumper. Then once we have access to the connector, we'll need to remove the weather cap. To do that, we'll press in the locking tab and pull it out from the connector.
We'll go ahead and check the mating surface to make sure it's clean and free from any dirt, dust, or corrosion buildup. Once we've done that, I recommend to use some Dielectric Grease on this connection point. We'll be using the Edelman Dielectric Grease, part number 11755. Now with our Dielectric Grease on and the connector ready, we'll go ahead and plug in the new tow-ready harness. We'll make sure we firmly press it into place, and that it locks into position.
We'll also secure the 4-pole harness here to the hitch, and now we're ready to secure our wiring harness. Using some black zip ties, we'll go ahead and secure the connector and wiring behind the bumper, and then we'll go ahead and cut off the excess from the zip ties to clean up our install look. Now that we've completed installing our new 4-pole harness, we'll go ahead and check it with a test light. To do that, we'll take the ground clamp and put it on the ground stud of the 4-pole connector, which will test the ground circuit, and then we'll run through the lighting sequence, checking the running, left blinker, right blinker, and brake connection points. And with that done, this will complete our installation and testing of the tow-ready custom fit vehicle wiring 4-pole connector, part number 118241, on our 1999 Ford Ranger..
Average Customer Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (80 Customer Reviews)Tow Ready Tow Package Replacement Vehicle Wiring Harness by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese
by: PETER G09/22/2014
SPOKE WITH RICK IN CUSTOMER SERVICE,HE ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS.TOOK THE ORDER AND SHIPPED IT OUT FAST.THE WIRING HARNESS WORKED JUST FINE.GREAT PRODUCT AND GREAT SERVICE TOO. 152484
by: Jim P.05/03/2013
This was a very easy install on my 2001 explorer. Just watched the video first 78895
by: Rick M.12/11/2013
Harness came quickly and appears to be OEM harness as described. Original harness connection was behind the left tail lite. Capsule was removed (two screws at top of tail-lite). Connection was done and cable routed and positioned under bumper in less than 5 minutes. I presume the old harness had some corrosion as this did the trick. I did purchase a flexible cable protector to put around the harness wiring to prevent damage. It took me longer to write this review than it did to fix my problem. 109950
by: Terry Brown07/26/2013
The product ordered is a "trailer tow wiring harness" used for a 1995 Ford Explorer so that the unusual connector Ford used can connect to a 4 prong flat (common trailer connector). The correct item was sent quickly and the order process was simple and straight forward. Notification of order acceptance, preperation, and shipping were sent by e-mail and they were posted promptly. The service could not have been better 91799
by: Susan H.01/25/2011
The website is very easy to use. The video showing how to install the wiring assembly was very helpful for both showing me how to do it myself and for convincing me that it was the correct part. Well done! Your follow through was also exceptional. You told me and showed me where it was and when it would arrive, a great help. The part came today and I have already installed it! Thank you very much! 6101
Product fit was spot on. Comunications were flawless. Transaction was excellent. The shipping was right on schedule and I was in need of this as I had a job on the day after my item arrived. I had a scheduled delivery of a custom MC in another state. Thanks for company and its dedecation to the customer. Rate these guys A+++++++++++++++++ 161500
by: Ed H12/09/2014
Plug and play. Ford made hooking up trailer lights for the Explorer easy. If you have this harness kit, just unhook the left rear taillight, pull it out, plug this into the connector that's on your truck's wiring, and you are done. Beginning to end, it takes about three minutes to wire your truck for trailer lights with this. 163803
by: Ron W.10/15/2013
I bought this harness for my 99' Explorer and it worked beautifully, plug right in on driver side rear inside tail light to connect to my tow lights or trailer. The harness is long enough the reach the center of the bumper with out a problem. Great shipping price and time, only 5 days to get to Alaska great job!!!! 103864
I'm really excited about this product, the old Ranger I got for the boy has the matching plug up under the bed, it looks to be of high quality and I was not looking forward to splicing wires on this installation. This will solve that issue. I am very pleased to have run across this wiring solution. 43363
by: Jay Are08/08/2014
Product works as advertised, plugged right in to stock harness. Last time I checked for a previous Mountaineer I owned 5 years ago, the Ford dealer wanted about $30 for the same part. Also included were two wire ties which was nice even though I have my own. Will do business here again. 145258
by: Rick B.05/22/2008
Very easy to install. Product is very easy to install if you have the towing package but it is not very long. You will need a long cable on your trailer or get an extension. It only reachs the bumper on my Explorer. Maybe the length should be stated in the product description. 898
So glad to have found this. I have a female connector that came with my 2000 Explorer. The trailer "professionals" in my area only knew about an adapter kit (4X the cost and a lot more DIY time). This installed as easily as plugging in a lamp. Two minute install time. 86701
by: thomas d.05/10/2011
I was most satisfied with the prompt service I recieved from my order. the product I recieved was exactly what was described and was on my doorstep in two days of placing my order with no extra shipping charges. great company to do business with, once again thanks. 13276
by: Ben C.04/20/2015
Plugged right into factory tow package. Installation instructions direct Explorer owners are instructed to use right side (passenger) plug, but it is actually the left side (driver) plug. Other than that, very easy installation that took no more than 5 minutes. 186633
by: Matt H04/29/2015
Works perfect. Went to the local auto store and bought a generic trailer wiring kit for $30. Saw the plug adapter under my bumper, searched online, and found the exact fit plug for the adapter at half the price - delivered. Just plugged it in and on my way. 188779
by: Herve D.10/12/2013
I could not find this set of wires at local trailer stores, where the employees sent me to a couple of stores and sold me the wrong set of wires before I gave up and ordered on line. The order was shipped immediately, even though it was Sunday. 103621
by: Dan W.11/16/2011
2001 Ford Explorer, from under truck look up at tail lamp assembly either side, pull red protective cap out dab a little dielectric grease plug harness in secure with a few cable ties your ready to go. Great product great service. 27013
Ordered the part I needed item# 118241 and etrailer delivered, top notch service from start to finish. Installed it and I was pulling my trailer moments later via 1998 Explorer, hauling the tree limbs I cut down. 229906
The product was exactly as they described. I simply plugged it in my vehicle's built in wiring harness. Very easy to do. The only thing it does not have is a mounting bracket for attaching to the bumper. 225050
by: Don M.05/18/2015
Received the wrong wiring harness from another site so I decided to try etrailer. They had the correct harness and I received it quickly. Site is easy to use. Overall a very good experience. 194131
by: C. Woodley01/13/2014
Awesome product! Local trailer and hitch shop tried to sell me a powered kit for $50.00! Did a little research and bought this plug. Installation took 5 minutes. Thanks a Bunch! 112676
by: Bob G11/26/2013
Product was exactly how described, and worked great. Also best price I was able to find, and the length of the wire was perfect for my application. Satisfied customer here. 108571
by: Richard Abraham12/29/2010
Eliminate me having to wire the car for towing. Looks like it should work fine. If it does not you will hear from me after I try to install it. Thanks for your quick shipping. 4773
by: Thad A.05/25/2011
Boy am I glad your site suggested this harness. Found the plug before ordering per the video and when it came it was an easy plug in, zip tie and I was ready to go. Thanks! 15396
by: Dan B.05/11/2012
The items arrived on the same day we were told they would. They were exactly what we wanted and I was able to install the hitch and adapter in 10 minutes. It was great!. 40176
Great Fit 1998 Explorer Was the exact plug I needed. Slid right in and worked perfectly. Used with magnetic holder and had plenty of wire to connect to my utility trailer. 1289
by: Frank B05/13/2011
Great product, instructions indicated factory harness was on the right side of my 98 Explorer but was actually on the drivers side below bumper. Will buy again from. 13752
by: Mark M04/07/2011
Having an older SUV it was good to find a on stop resource that carried the proper wiring harness and parts needed for my project. Fast and secure shipping. 11250
by: Michael J Fiume08/20/2014
Thank You, Very easy to locate and Install Just as you told me. I would Highly Recommend Etrailer to Everyone, Thank You, Michael J Fiume 147726
by: Rick-Tampa Fl09/05/2014
On time delivery and communicating was a pleasure. Highly advise using etrailer as I will again in the future! Love it when a transaction goes smoothe!! 150202
This connector fit right into the factory supplied port with no problems at all. This was the easiest trailer wiring product that I ever encountered. 125364
by: Ed T.09/26/2014
The wiring harness for my '98 Ford Ranger arrived in a timely fashion. The installation was very strait forward and the harness worked great. 153191
by: John M05/08/2014
Took less than five minutes to install......perfect fit. Glad I ordered it from your company as opposed to generic harness from parts store. 129692
by: Matt E05/11/2011
Great product, took about 10 seconds to hook up, and works great. A lot easier than trying to splice the wires in with a universal plug. 13349
by: Terry in Ellijay10/24/2012
Easy install, never knew that plug was there (thanks for the video). Will certainly feel comfortable with odering from you all again. 58061
by: Tony T05/25/2011
The wiring harness worked out great!, I received it within a few days, thanks for all your help Tony T. Long Island NY 15381
Exactly what I needed I could not find this piece any where I went to uhaul auto zone oreilys ..ettcc. .....works great 190590
by: Gene S.04/24/2014
Easy installation, 2 minute hook up and wiring harness arrived shortly after ordering. Very pleased. Thank You, Gene 127241
by: José M.08/16/2014
Quick service. Easy installation. Great product. Thanks etrailer I will definitely buy all needed items from etrailer. 147039
by: Jim H.02/02/2011
Found the right product at a great price and it was shipped to me and received in only a few days. Thanks, great job! 6560
Simple to connect the wiring harness on my 98 ford explorer. Just check the trailer lights and it works perfectly! 55842
by: Troy Aossey04/18/2011
Best rating for customer service and reliability, if only every transaction could be so satisfactory. 11923
by: Mikel C.07/08/2015
Fit exactly as specified and shown. Glad for the images to confirm what we were looking for was a match! 210200
by: Andy E11/05/2014
wow,, just ordered it and it was here in just a few days. Will be ordering more from you guys. Thanks 159576
by: Howard G11/08/2013
AS Advertised Fast Shipping Installed within 5 minutes very pleased with product, will buy again. 106745
Product described was exactly what I received and needed. It fit perfectly and worked as expected. 162302
by: John F08/03/2013
works as advertised and the cost was good and the service was great. Got it in a timely manner 93104
Harness install was a snap, and the videos are very informative! Nice work etrailer video team! 20274
by: Jon C.06/27/2011
Everything came as described and on time. Will definitely do business with etrailer again. 18036
by: Steve D03/20/2012
Quick and easy to install, works as designed. Wire ties finished the job (not included). 34454
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