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Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for the Ford Explorer, 1997

Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring

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Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - Ford Explorer, 1997

Tow Ready Tow Package Replacement Vehicle Wiring Harness by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese

  • Provides a 4-pole flat trailer connector for the Ford Explorer
  • Quick and Easy
  • No Cutting, Splicing or Taping
  • Just Plug in the Connector and You're Ready to Tow
  • Solid One Piece Construction
  • 16 Gauge Bonded Wire w/ 4-Flat Plug
  • "Factory" Appearance
  • Connector is Equipped with a Circuit Protected Modulite Module
    • Protects itself and the tow Ford Explorer against harmful electrical shorts and mis-wire situations.
  • Simple Do-It-Yourself Instructions on Every Package
Can be used with 5-pole, 6-pole or 7-pole adapters.

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:
  • Max. stop/turn light: (7.5 amps)
  • Max. tail lights: (7.5 amps)
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


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.

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Video Transcript for Trailer Wiring Harness Installation- 2000 Ford Explorer

Today we are working on a 2000 Ford Explorer. We will be installing Tow Ready T-One Connector part number 118241. With this particular application, the simple plug in place style. We will locate the vehicle tow connector, brand new out of the factory. There will be a plug on this that will need to be removed first. With our application, the plug has already been removed. We can simply take our new Tow Ready Connector and see that it matches up with the manufacturer plug and connect them together. We are now ready to route our 4 pole connector. 0:31

When routing your wire you want to make sure you stay from pinch points such as the moving suspension or heat such as the exhaust. We are going to go here up above the bumper structure and route it over to our new hitch. We will use a couple of zip-ties to secure my wire and our new 4 pole connector is installed. As I zip-tie the wires in place, I will just cut off the ends. That completes the installation of our Tow Ready T-One Connector part number 118241.


Customer Reviews

Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - 118241

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.9 out of 5 stars   (52 Customer Reviews)




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ratingratingratingratingrating by: thomas d.05/10/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick M.12/11/2013

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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


Comments

Using some electrical contact grease, like part 11755, will help keep moisture out and drastically slow corrosion.

Patrick B - 12/12/2013

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ron W.10/15/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Herve D.10/12/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry Brown07/26/2013

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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 better91799



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Twork2806/29/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: VpatS06/08/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Susan H.01/25/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Rick B.05/22/2008

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mfro08/27/2011

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Couldn't of been any easier. 22922



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Nick B06/15/2011

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Installed perfectly with the adapter that is located on the drivers side rear taillight. 17060



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill B.05/16/2011

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Product as advertized, great service, fast shipping!14343



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Frank B05/13/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: AL.L05/08/2011

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PERFECT 13090



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mark M04/07/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim H.02/02/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jake jacobs01/08/2011

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Very easy to install Very easy to install 10 seconds.5206



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave09/16/2008

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Troy Aossey04/18/2011

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Best rating for customer service and reliability, if only every transaction could be so satisfactory. 11923



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: dbatch171504/16/2014

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JJ02/05/2014

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easy and professional install 115822



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: anton01/21/2014

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Exactly what I needed 114367



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: C. Woodley01/13/2014

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob G11/26/2013

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Howard G11/08/2013

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AS Advertised Fast Shipping Installed within 5 minutes very pleased with product, will buy again.106745



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike s08/30/2013

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Works. Got here fast. Perfect service 97710



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: patrick08/25/2013

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Worked great 96767



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John F08/03/2013

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works as advertised and the cost was good and the service was great. Got it in a timely manner93104



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Mike B.07/08/2013

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Very happy with my wiring harness. Thank you88058



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy B07/06/2013

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Excellent product, very easy to install. Very impressed !87928



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jim P.05/03/2013

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This was a very easy install on my 2001 explorer. Just watched the video first78895



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: kayla04/16/2013

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it was fantastic went to O'Reilly's in Napa in they had nothing they came close76336



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Daniel04/03/2013

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Very satisfied I installed it within minutes And thank you For your help Pat74022



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Terry in Ellijay10/24/2012

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Easy install, never knew that plug was there (thanks for the video). Will certainly feel comfortable with odering from you all again.58061



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave B10/12/2012

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Works great. Just what i needed! 57094



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: pat09/26/2012

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Simple to connect the wiring harness on my 98 ford explorer. Just check the trailer lights and it works perfectly!55842



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan B.05/11/2012

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Steve D03/20/2012

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Quick and easy to install, works as designed. Wire ties finished the job (not included).34454



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dave07/26/2011

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Harness install was a snap, and the videos are very informative! Nice work etrailer video team!20274



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: V. S. - Utah06/24/2011

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Easy install 17840



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Greg06/02/2011

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Exactly what i was looking for. Extremely fast shipping and great service15969



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan F.05/27/2011

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Shipped very quickly. Installation was a breeze and the product works great.15533



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Thad A.05/25/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tony T05/25/2011

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The wiring harness worked out great!, I received it within a few days, thanks for all your help Tony T. Long Island NY15381



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Alan05/23/2011

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Shipped a quality product fast and complete, all for a great price!15168



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: JLF05/11/2011

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product good quality, fit, and value. recommended product and vendor.13552



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Matt E05/11/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Richard Abraham12/29/2010

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: b52agan06/28/2007

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Nice Good price and easy to install255



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Dan W.11/16/2011

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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



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jon C.06/27/2011

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Everything came as described and on time. Will definitely do business with etrailer again.18036



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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bill. S12/12/2007

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Satisfied customer Good quality item528



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Expert Answers about Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - 118241                                            Do you have a question about this Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring?


  • Wiring Harness Connection Location On a 1999 Ford Explorer Limited with Tow Package
  • I see exactly what you are talking about. I checked the stock we have on hand and all of the # 118241 wiring harnesses have the pins in the 3 O-clock and 10 O-clock positions with the locking tab up. I then spoke with our installation tech and he feels that the directions for the 1999 Explorer are wrong. He says that he remembers having to use the connector that is on the drivers side and that the picture on our web page was taken following the manufacturers directions and never got corrected. C
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  • Availability of a 4-Way Trailer Wiring Harness for a 1994 Ford Explorer XLT
  • What you will need to add a 4-Way flat trailer connector to your 1994 Ford Explorer is the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118324. This connector plugs in line with your vehicle taillight wiring. The connection point is located in the jack storage compartment on the driver side of the vehicle. I have included a link to the installation details below. I have also linked a wiring FAQ article that might help you identify the plug you have on the vehicle. If you can identify it, you may be
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  • Where to Connect the Tow Package Wiring Harness 118241 on a 2001 Ford Explorer XLT 4 Door
  • When installing the Tow Package Wiring Harness, item # 118241, on a 2001 Ford Explorer XLT 4 door you will need to use the tow harness connector on the right side of the vehicle. The connector on the other side, while it looks very similar, will not accept the connector for the Tow Package harness. If the connector on your vehicle does not work or will not accept the connector on the Tow Package Wiring Harness, item # 118241, you will need the T-One Wiring Harness, item # 118345, to add a 4-W
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  • Location of Trailer Wiring Harness Plug on a 1998 Ford Explorer With Factory Tow Package
  • It sounds as if the connection you found is one that is located on the opposite side of the vehicle. If your 1998 model Explorer has the factory tow package installed the correct connector for the trailer wiring harness, # 118421, is sometimes on the drivers side or the passengers side. There is a very similar connector that the harness will not plug into on the opposite side in most every case. Go to the other side and locate the connector there and I am confident your wiring harness will p
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  • No Power at Connector of the Factory Tow Wiring Harness on a 1996 Ford Explorer
  • On your 1996 Ford Explorer you might try checking the fuse panel that is located on the left hand side of the instrument panel facing the drivers side door. Remove the panel by pulling the cover outward. Check the 7.5 amp fuse at the number 3 slot which is for left stop/turn trailer tow connector and check the 7.5 amp fuse at the number 7 slot which is for right stop/turn trailer tow connector. Also, find the power distribution box located under the under the hood on the drivers side, next to
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  • 1998 Ford Explorer or Expedition Trailer Wiring Not Working
  • I would start out by testing the vehicle wiring connector. Disconnect the trailer and use a circuit tester, like part # 3808, to test the 4 way wiring on the Explorer or Expedition. You should see an exposed male connection point that is the ground circuit. Next to the exposed terminal there is a female connection that is the taillight circuit. Next to that is the left turn and brake circuit. Finally on the far side is the right turn and brake circuit. If all of the circuits are working on the v
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  • Installing 7-Way Trailer Connector on 1998 Ford Explorer to Power Interior Trailer Lights
  • You can certainly add a 7-way connector to your Explorer. Assuming that your Explorer has the tow package, you can begin with the # 118241 4-pole harness that you referenced. If you do NOT have the tow package, you will need to use # 118345. Then, install the # 37185 4-pole to 7-way adapter. The adapter will plug into the 4-pole provided by the # 118241, leaving some remaining wires that might need to be connected. The white wire needs to be grounded to the vehicle frame, and the black wir
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  • How to Determine if the Connector on a 1998 Ford Explorer is the Right One for Tow Ready Wiring
  • It really looks like you found the correct connector to use to install the Tow Ready Wiring Harness # 118241, to be certain you could use a circuit tester like our part # 3808 and test the terminals for voltage when the tail light circuits are applied. This will tell you if the circuits are actually live on the connector you have found.
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  • Where is the Factory Connection Point to Install a Trailer Wiring Harness on a 1995 Ford Explorer
  • If your 1995 Ford Explorer came with the factory tow package then the connector on the vehicle to plug the wiring harness into is located up behind the rear bumper on the passenger side or drivers side. I have linked a video showing an installation of harness # 118241 on a 1996 Explorer and the installation will be very similar on your 1995 model. If your Explorer did not come with the factory tow package then you will need a different harness # 118345. It plugs in line with the vehicle tail
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