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Brake Controller Wiring on a 2004 Ford Explorer

Question:

I HAVE A 2004 FORD EXPLORER AND NEED TO PUT AN ELECTRIC TRAILER BRAKING SYSTEM ON IT TO PULL A TENT TRAILER, DO YOU HAVE A WIRING INSTALL GUIDE FOR THIS INSTALL?

asked by: Jeff


Expert Reply:

I do not have an install guide specific to that vehicle, but I would be happy to walk you through the process.

If your Explorer has the factory installed 4-pole connector at the rear, use the 4 to 7-way adapter, part # 37185. The adapter will plug into your existing 4-pole, and the remaining wires would attach as follows. The black wire attaches to the red or orange wire that can be found by tracing the factory 4-pole harness back a short distance. The blue wire would attach to the blue wire also found by tracing back the wiring harness. The white wire would ground to clean metal on the vehicle. The purple wire is typically used for trailers with reverse lights. If needed, this wire can be tapped into the circuit that feeds the reverse lights on your Explorer. If not needed, this wire can be taped off and bundled up out of the way.

The controller itself would plug into the connector located behind the dash just to the left of the glove box. From what my contacts at Tekonsha have told me, the easiest way to access the connector is by opening the glove box. The connector should be visible to the left.

If your Explorer already has the 7-way on the rear bumper, simply plug in the controller to the connector.

If you do not already have a brake controller, I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The P2 is our best selling controller, and is very easy to use.

expert reply by: Mike




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