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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Curt

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to take a look at, then show you how to install the CURT custom fit trailer hitch receiver. This is a class three 2" opening hitch. It's part number is 13650. Here's what the hitch looks like once we get it installed on the vehicle. As you can see, it drops down pretty close to the center before it ever really becomes visible. Gives it a nice OEM kind of look.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to be installing the CURT T-Connector Wiring Harness. This has the four-pole flat trailer connector. Its part number is C56160. Here's what our wiring's going to look like before we put it in the vehicle. You can see we've got the yellow and brown. That's going to run over right beside the driver side taillight.



Derale 8000 Plate Fin Transmission Cooler Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Duralli Transmission Cooler, part number D13501. To begin our install, we've already gone ahead and opened up the hood and we'll need to remove the front grill. To remove the front grill, there are multiple fasteners. Starting here at the top, we'll remove the two fasteners. Then we can pull slightly back on the grill, and locate two additional screw fasteners that secure the lower portion of the grill to the front bumper fascia. Now, once we remove both screws, one on each side, we'll need to remove two nuts that go over screw studs built into the front grill. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 36501. This is what it'll look like once we install the hitch. Next, we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements to assist you in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead with installation.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Racks 15/12x55 Cargo Carrier. This can be used as a stand alone carrier or it can also easily be added on to the rear of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE2 part number HR1450 or the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider part number HR1400. The cargo carrier as a stand alone item is going to offer us a weight capacity of up to 220 pounds. When added to the rear of a bike rack, it's going to offer us a 90 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is HR1485. To begin our test fit we've already put our adapter that converts this from fitting into the back of the bike rack onto it, it's going to convert it into a two inch style hitch or two inch style shank which we can slide into a two inch receiver tube. We are going to slide this in until we line up the pin holes, we've got one in the shank and one in the hitch.



Pro Series Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the Pro Series Solo. This is a 31 x 47 cargo carrier. It's designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it's going to offer a 400-pound weight capacity. The part number on it is PS1040100. As you can see, this is one of the larger cargo carriers that we offer. I'd recommend if you're going to be putting it in your vehicle, to get a helping hand. If that is not available, I have come up with a way to do it, just one person. You're basically just going to kind of place your cargo carrier on the ground.



Surco Products 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to be doing a test fit on Surco 24x60 cargo carrier. This has been designed for use in 2-inch hitches and it offers a 500-pound weight capacity. Part number on it is 52018. To begin our test fit, we just slide the shank of carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll line up our pinhole with out hitch pinhole. We'll then take our standard 5/8 pin.



Rola 22x59 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we are going to be doing a test fit on the 22x59 Rola Cargo Carrier. This has been designed for use in two inch hitches. It offers a 600 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59502. now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we will line up our pin hole with our hitch pin hole.



Pro Series 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 24 by 60 Pro Series cargo carrier. Now they've designed this for use with 2" hitches. It offers a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 63153. To begin our test fit we're going to slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those in line we'll take our standard 5/8 pin, slide that through, and we'll secure it on the other side with our clip.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the 17x50 Maxxtow aluminum cargo carrier. This is going to be designed for use in two-inch hitches. It offers us a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on is MT70108. This is a nice lightweight carrier. Might be a really good choice for you if you have any kind of issues with weight or lifting heavier objects.



MaxxTow Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 17 by 50 MaxxTow cargo carrier. Now this has been designed for use in 2" hitches. Even with its compact size it's still going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is MT70107. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those appropriately aligned we can take a standard 5/8 pin.



Detail K2 20x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit of the 20 by 60 Detail K2 Folding Cargo Carrier. They've designed this so we can easily use it with 2-inch hitches. Has a 500 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is K2HCC602. To begin our test fit we slide the shank of our carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch, line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. With those aligned we'll take our standard 5/8 pin and we're just going to slide that through. We'll secure it on the other side with our clip.



Curt 24x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to do a test fit on the 24 by 60 CURT folding cargo carrier. Now they've designed this for use in 2" hitches and it's going to offer a 500 pound weight capacity. Part number on it is C18153. Now to begin our test fit we slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we'll line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole. Once we have those in line we're going to take our standard 5/8 pin and we're going to slide it through our pinholes. Now the pin and clip are sold separately.



Curt 17x46 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to do a test fit on the 17X46 Curt cargo carrier. They've designed this so it can easily be used with 1 1/4 or 2-inch hitches. It has a 500-pound weight capacity to it. The part number on it is C18145. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole.



Rola Dart Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2009 Ford Escape XLT we're going to be doing a test of the Rola Dart. This is a 23 by 56 folding cargo carrier. It's been designed for use in 2" hitches. It's going to offer a 450 pound weight capacity. The part number on it is 59550. To begin our test fit we need to slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. As we do this we do want to line up our threaded hole with our hitch pinhole.



Curt 19x60 Hitch Cargo Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we're going to be doing a test fit on the 19 by 60 CURT aluminum folding cargo carrier. This has been designed for use with 2" hitches. It offers us an awesome 500 pound weight capacity with the construction. Its part number is C18100. This is one of the lighter-weight cargo carriers that we offer, so if weight's going to pose an issue for you this might be a really good choice. To begin our test fit we'll just slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. We'll then line up our pinhole with our hitch pinhole.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90108. This is what it will look like once we install the hitch. Next we'll go ahead and give you a couple of measurements to assist you in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, bike rack or cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is 2 inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 10 1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead with the installation. Here, on the inside of each frame rail, will be our attachment points for a total of four attachment points, two on each side, using these pre-drilled holes in the frame as our attachment points, using the end of the frame to install our hardware. Note we've already gone ahead and lowered and removed the spare tire to make it easier to install the new hitch. To secure our hitch, we'll be using the half-inch carriage bolt and block, along with a half-inch conical tooth washer, the teeth of the washer will face the hitch, a half-inch nut and the half-inch pull wires provided with our install kit. To get our hardware into position, we'll first take the pull wire, feed it through the attachment point and out the end of the frame.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape - Draw-Tite

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape, we're going to install part number 75751 from Draw-Tite. This is what the hitch looks like when it's installed on a vehicle. Next we'll give you some measurements that'll help you out in selecting accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. The top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about 16". From the center of your hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper will be around 1-3/4". Now I'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First off, we'll go ahead and show you where the hitch mounts up to the frame.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, will be test fitting the Thule Domestique fork mounted bike carrier part number TH513. With our Thule Arrow Blade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle will begin our test fit by placing our Domestique directly onto our load bars. For easier installation I went ahead and removed the front skewer and loosened up the front and rear brackets will bring are from bracket around our front load bar fit the bulb through and tighten with an Allen key. Then we'll go to the rear making sure our carrier is in line and bring our rear bracket around our rear bar. We'll fit the bolt through our rear bracket and tighten the two Allen bolts with our Allen key. With our bike carrier tighten secured will go ahead and install our skewer at the front leaving it loose, move to the rear and undo our rear wheel strap.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, will be test fitting the Rockymounts Tierod Stretch roof mounted bike carrier part number RKY1011. With the Thule Aero blade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle will begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars will bring the rubber coated seal straps around the front load bar fitting the back into the head of the carrier and use an Allen key to tighten the Allen bolt which will tighten our strap. We can then replace our black plastic cover and then move to the rear of the carrier. Will fit the bolt through the bracket and tighten each bolt using an Allen key. With that bracket tight, were now able to load up our bike. We just need to undo our rear wheel strap and make sure that the skewer at the front is loose.



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Rockymounts Pitchfork roof mounted bike carrier part number RKY 0438. To begin our test fit I already remove the black plastic cover at the front. I removed the skewer and I listened up the bolts for the clamp the front of the carrier. We'll begin by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. We'll fit our front bracket around our front load bar, dropping the bolt through the bracket and tightening with an Allen key. Now we can go ahead and reinstall our skewer.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima RocketBox Pro 11 rooftop cargo box, 11 cubic feet in black, part number Y07193. With the Yakima round bar system installed on to our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our RocketBox directly under our crossbars. Once we have it sitting on our crossbars, we can adjust the feet as necessary to go around the front and rear crossbar.They Yakima RocketBox does open from both sides, you can place it on your passenger side or your driver side of the vehicle. For our test fit today we decided to place it on the passenger side of our Escape. We'll move the key to the unlock position and press the red button to open up our rocket box. Once we have the clamps around our crossbars, we can then tighten the red hand knob which will tighten the clamp around our bar.



Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima RocketBox Pro 14 rooftop cargo box, 14" cubic feet, in black, part number Y07192. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our RocketBox directly onto our crossbars. Once we have it on, we can then adjust the feet to fit around our bars. We'll open up the passenger side and tighten the two clamps on this side of the box. One of the great features of the RocketBox is its ability to open from both sides of the vehicle. We'll move to the driver side, push the red button to open the box, and we'll tighten the two remaining clamps by tightening the hand knobs on the inside of the box.



Yakima Q Tower Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima round bar roof rack system using part numbers Y00409 for the 58" crossbars, Y00610, part number Y00683, and part number Y00124. With our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions, we'll begin our test fit by opening the front doors of our Escape. We'll place our front bar onto the front part of our roof. To ensure that we have it in the correct location, we need to measure 7" from the leading edge of the windshield to the closest point on our foot pack. We'll do this measurement for both sides of the vehicle to make sure that our feet are in line with each other. Now we'll make our way from passenger side to driver side, tightening down each foot pack using the thumb screw on the inside, until we have each foot pack snug.



Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima FrontLoader wheel-mounted bike carrier, part number Y02103. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing our FrontLoader directly onto our crossbars. We'll fit the front clamp around our front bar. We'll then use the T hand knob at the front of our carrier to tighten our clamp around our front crossbar. Once we have that tight, we can move to the rear, bring our rear bracket around our rear bar. We'll drop out T bolt through the appropriate slot on our clamp, and use the T handle on top of our carrier to tighten it down.



Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Yakima Forklift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number y02098. With a Yakima Round Bar Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Well remove our skewer at the front. Then well bring our front clamp around our front bar. Well drop our t-bolt through the slot on the clamp and then we can use the t-knob at the top to tighten it down. Well then slide the slotted bracket in place around our t-bolt and reinstall our skewer.



Yakima FatCat Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Yakima FatCat 6 locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier, with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number Y03088. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing half of the carrier onto the front crossbar. We'll bring the rubber-coated straps around the crossbar, fitting them back into the foot of our carrier. We'll press firmly on the buckle and clamp it down. We'll do this for both sides of the carrier. We'll grab the second half of our carrier, and place it onto our rear bar.



Whispbar Roof Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Whispbar locking rooftop ski and snowboard carrier with a 6-ski or 4-board capacity, part number WB-300. With the Yakima round bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing half of the carrier onto the front part of our roof rack. We'll bring the rubber-coated strap around, fitting it back into the foot of the carrier, closing the buckle, and clamping it down. We can repeat that process for the other side. We'll grab the second half of our carrier and place it onto our rear bar. We'll bring the rubber-coated strap around, fit it back into the foot of the carrier, close the buckle, and clamp it down.



Thule SUP Taxi Stand-Up Paddleboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule SUP Taxi standup paddleboard carrier with a 2-board capacity, part number TH810. With the Thule AeroBlade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the front half of our carrier directly onto our front bar. We'll bring the rubber-coated straps around the underside of our load bar, fitting them back into the foot, and then using the hand knob to tighten them down. We'll do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle. Now we'll grab the second half of our carrier and place it on our rear bar. We'll go ahead and line it up with the front half of our carrier.



Thule Sonic XXL Rooftop Cargo Box Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be test fitting the Thule Sonic XXL rooftop cargo box, 22 cubic feet, in metallic silver, part number TH636S. With the Thule AeroBlade roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin by placing our cargo box directly onto our load bars. With the feet handing out of the bottom of the box, we'll go ahead and make sure that they go around our load bars. Once we have it situated on the vehicle the way we prefer, we can then open one side of the box to tighten the two feet on that side. We'll know that the foot is tight when the hand knob starts making a clicking noise. Now we'll come over to the passenger side of the vehicle and open the box from this side, and tighten the two remaining feet.



Thule Flat Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Flat-Top Ski and Snowboard carrier with a six ski or a four board capacity. Part number TH92725. With our Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack system assembled onto our vehicle well begin our today by placing the front half of our carrier directly onto our front-load bar. Well bring our rubber coated straps around the underside of our load bar, fitting them back into the foot. Well then use the hand knob to tighten down our strap. Well do this on both the passenger and driver side of the vehicle.



Thule Crossroad Loadbar Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today, on our 2008 Ford Escape well be test fitting the Thule Square Load Bars, 50 inches, part number THLB50 using the Thule Crossroad Roof Mounted Roof Railing foot packs, part number TH450. We have our roof rack system assembled according to the instructions. We can begin our test fit by placing our front bar onto the front part of our factory raised side rail. To make that we have the bar situated correctly, theres a arrow indicator on each foot pack and that arrow needs to be over the center of our factory raised side rail. Well check this on both sides of the vehicle. To ensure that our foot packs are lined up with each other, well measure from a fixed point on the side rails back to the center of our foot pack.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System using the Thule Aeroblade Load Bars, part number THARB47 and the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing sub-pack, part number TH450R. With our roof rack system assembled according to our instructions, well begin our test set by placing the front load bar onto the front part of our side rails. We want to make sure that bar overhang on each side of our vehicle is even. Then we want to make sure that our arrow indicates, on our foot packs, line up of our factory raised side rails.To ensure that our foot packs are even with each other, we need to pick a fixed point on our side rail and measure to the center of our foot pack. Then we can bring our rubber-coated steel straps around our side rails, fit them back into the foot pack, and use the included tool to tighten them down. Once we have it tight, we can put our tool back into our foot pack and it also works as a cover.Now well grab our rear bar and place it on the rear part of our side rails.



Thule AeroBlade Crossroad Roof Rack Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System using the Thule Aeroblade Load Bard, 43 inches, part number THARB43 and also using the Thule Rapid Crossroad Roof Mounted Railing Foot Pack, part number TH450R. Our roof rack system is assembled according to the instructions. To begin our test fit, well place the front half of our roof rack onto the front half of our factory raised side rails. We want to make sure that the arrow indicators are lined up at the center of the side rails.Once we check both sides, then we want to make sure that we have even bar overhang on both sides of our vehicle. We can bring the rubber-coated steel straps around our side rails, fit them back into the foot back, and use the included Allen Key tool to tighten the strap. Once we have the strap tight, we can then fit the tool back into our foot pack and it also works as a cover.Now well grab our rear bar and place it on the rear part of our factory raised side rails.



Thule Circuit Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Thule Circuit Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number TH526. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. Well bring our front bracket around our front load bar and lift up our cam action lever, fit our bolt through the slot, and then hand tighten the thumb screw. Once we get that snug down, we can then close the cam action lever which tightens even more and secures the front part of our carrier to our front bar.Well go ahead and reinstall our skewer and then move to the rear and bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, fit the bolt through the slot, and use the wing nuts to tighten it down. Well make sure that our real wheel strap is undone and that our skewer at the front is loosened. Well grab our bike, place our rear wheel into the wheel tray and drop our front forks down onto our skewer.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Fork Style Roof Mounted Bike Rack from Swagman, part number S64710. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle well begin our test fit by placing our carrier directly onto our load bars. Well two of the larger U-bolts and place them up through our bracket, making sure that each U-bolt goes around the underside of our load bar. With the bolt in through the bracket, well secure it by tightening down some wing nuts. Well do this for both sides of our bracket.Then well move to the rear and drop our U-bolt in from the top of the carrier, making sure it goes around our rear load bar and then well take our black bracket, fit it through the U-bolt and up against the underside of our rear load bar. Well tighten our U-bolts securing our bracket in place.With everything tight, were now ready to load our bike.



Prorack Bike Rack Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, well be test fitting the Prorack Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part number PR8062003. With the Yakama Round Bar Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our crossbars. Well bring our clamp around the front bar, feed the bolt through, and tighten with the circular nut. Well do this for both clamps at the front of our bike rack.Once we have those tight, we can then move to the rear and bring our rear clamps around our rear bar, drop the bolt through and tighten with a circular nut. To get ready to load our bike, we need to make sure that our wheel straps are undone. Well grab our bike, place it onto our rack.



Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains Review - 2008 Ford Escape

Today were going to be test fitting the Glacier snow tire chains, part number PW2029C. Well be mounting them on 235 7016 tires on a 2008 Ford Escape. Our Escape is front wheel drive so well be mounting them on the front tires only. Be sure to check your owners manual for more information on the use of tire chains with your vehicle. To mount the chains first well turn our wheel all the way out. Well lay out our chains on the ground to make sure there are no kinks in them and to position the chain in the proper orientation.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today we will be working on a 2008 Ford Escape. We will be installing Hidden Hitch part number 87585. This will also be comparable to the Draw-Tite part number 75693. Here are a couple of measurements that will assist you with ing accessories for your new hitch such as a draw bar, a bike rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost point of the bumper is about 1-1/2 inches. And from the top of the receiver tube to the ground is 15-1/4 inches. Now let us go ahead with the installation. 0:30



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape with tow package we will be installing wiring harness part number 118251. We are underneath the vehicle just on the driver side right behind the bumper. The plug in we are looking for to plug our wiring harness into is located right here. Most Escapes will have this plug here but if you do not have a tow package it likely will not be active. All we need to do is take and press the button on the top and that will allow us to unplug the harness away from the cap. We can then take our wiring harness and plug them together. 00:29



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on this 2008 Ford Escape we are going to install part number 118551 from Tow Ready. This is our T-One wiring harness connector that is also a power converter. The first steps involved is opening the hatch of the vehicle and removing the two tail lights to get to our access points for our wiring connections. First we will take off the drivers side tail light. Just for now we are going to disconnect from the wire harness right here, this will actually be our connection points we are going to make. Then we will go over to the passenger side. :32





2008 Ford Escape Questions and Answers


  • Will 4 Terminal Relay, # TR38665 Fit a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The 4 Terminal Relay, # TR38665, will fit the 2008 and Newer Ford Escape. We have had customers state that these relays are good replacements for the ones offered from the dealer. They are designed to complete the factory tow package on several vehicles, including your Escape. However, before purchasing the relays, open the fuse box and take a close look at the sockets or landings that the relays would insert into. If the landings have the metal contacts in them, inserting the relays...
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  • Raising Height of Fifth Wheel Trailer to Gain Clearance and a Level Tow for a 2011 Keystone Cougar
  • In my experience, raising the trailer should be carefully considered. Usually going up an inch or two is not too problematic, but at 5 inches I would be concerned about making the trailer top-heavy. It would be best to first adjust the height of the hitch, as well as the height of the pin box to try to level the trailer with the tow vehicle. To allow for uneven terrain, a minimum of 6 inches of clearance between the top of the truck side rails and the bottom of the trailer loft is...
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  • Light Kit and License Plate Bracket Recommendation for a Curt Cargo Carrier
  • It would require a little drilling, but I would recommend you get a Draw-Tite Cargo Carrier Light Kit # 6504. This kit comes with a license plate bracket also. Once you drilled holes to install the # 6504 on the Curt Cargo Carrier # C18100 it would install pretty easily and work very well. The Tow Package Wiring Harness # 118251 would also be the correct harness for your 2008 Ford Escape. I linked installation instructions and an installation video for you to check out as well.
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  • Will 2 Thule Glide On Kayak Carriers Fit a 2008 Ford Escape with Factory Roof Rack
  • I suspect that using 2 of the Thule Glide and Set carriers # TH883 would be a very tight fit. The carriers would be closer together than the kayaks are wide if place right next to each other. So if the free space on the crossbars on your 2008 Ford Escape is at least 48 inches then it should work for you. If less than 48 inches you will want to look at the J-Style carriers such as the JayLow # Y04073. To make loading easier no matter which carrier you use there is a product that will...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
  • I would recommend the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch, part # 13650. It has a 2 inch receiver opening and a 3,500 lb towing capacity. You can view the install details and see an install video by clicking the provided links. Since your Escape has the back up sensors, you would need to use part # 118551.
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  • How to Install the Tow Ready 4-Terminal Relays # TR38665 on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The 4-Terminal Relays, # TR38665, will install with the flat part of the terminals facing the larger relays in spots # 30B and # 30D. Check out the video that I have attached showing where and how to install these relays. You will notice that the vehicle in the video is a 2008 Mercury Mariner, but the installation will be the exact same with your 2008 Ford Escape. You can see the relay installation starting at the 1 minute and 15 second mark. You will need three of these relays. They...
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  • Correct Wiring Harness For 2008 Ford Escape Limited With Backup Sensors
  • The item you selected Tow Package Wiring Harness, part # 118251, will not work on vehicles equipped with backup sensors. You would need to use the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118551, which draws power for your trailer lighting directly from your vehicle battery instead of the electrical system. You will need to plug part # 118551 directly into the vehicle wiring behind each tail light and then run the included wire and make a connection to the battery via included in-line fuse....
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  • Snow Tire Chain Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape And Utah Snow Chain Requirements
  • The only information we have for the state of Utah is that Snow Chains may be used on a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid. Drivers are advised to carry one set for the drive axle from Nov. 1 to Mar 31. If there are further snow chain requirements you will need to check with the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles. There are many types of snow chains available for the factory size 235/70-16 tires on your 2008...
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  • Hopkins 4-Way Trailer Side Connector Fits Tow Ready Vehicle Side 4-Way Connector on 2008 Ford Escape
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled trailer wiring harness # 118251 and Hopkins harness # HM48240 to see if they are compatible. They do fit together just fine and will work great together. I also made a video which will appear on this page showing the 2 being used together.
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  • Trunk Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • For your 2008 Ford Escape I would recommend a Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier # TH911XT. I checked with Thule and this rack is a confirmed fit for your vehicle. I attached installation instructions for this rack for you to check out also.
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  • Are Stabilizing Straps Needed for all Class II Hitches on a 2008 Ford Escape or Only the CURT Hitch
  • Only CURT Mfg. requires the use of a stabilizing strap, # 18050, for non trailer loads on their Class I and Class II trailer hitches, but it is a good idea to help eliminate the stress that bike racks and cargo carriers place on the hitch and vehicle frame. In my opinion the added flexibility of the 2 inch receiver, # 13650, is the way to go if it is available when installing a hitch on your vehicle. The hitch is only more visible in as much as the receiver portion is larger, but the...
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  • 1in D Washer Recommendation for 1 Inch Diameter Spindle
  • If the axles of your trailer are rated between 3.5k and 5.2k I would recommend that you use the TruRyde D Washer, part # 5-23, that you referenced. If you have axles that are rated between 6k and 8k I would recommend you use the Redline D Washer, part # 5-57. I attached a link to a video of a trailer hub being removed and reinstalled from a trailer that you might find informative.
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  • How to Carry 2 Kayaks on a 2008 Ford Escape with Factory Roof Rack
  • What you can do is add a Crossroads system, # TH45050, to add some crossbars. Then you can use the Thule Goalpost, # TH997. On the Crossroads load bars, you can use # TH830 to hold the 2 kayaks. I have linked a video showing a typical Crossroads installation for you.
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  • Crossbar Recommendation for Use with the Yakima DryDock Trailer Hitch Mount Boat Support
  • There are a few different single Yakima bars you could use with the DryDock, # Y02449. For a 58 inch bar use # Y8810023. For a 66 inch bar use # Y8810025. And for a 78 inch bar use # Y8810027. For a similar product that comes with a crossbar and load stops, take a look at the Thule GoalPost, # TH997.
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  • Comparing CURT Class III Trailer Hitches for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The CURT Trailer Hitch # 13650 and # C13651 are very similar. The 13650 has some additional hardware and updated instructions that make it compatible with the 2012 Ford Escape. The 13651 hitch only includes up to 2011 on the Ford Escape. The other difference is that the C13651 will fit if the vehicle has a factory 1-1/4 hitch already installed. I have incldued a link to the installation details for the 13650 as well as a video showing a typical installation. If you plan on doing some...
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  • SAE Class S Tire Chain Recommendations for a 2008 Ford Escape with 235/70-16 Tires
  • We have numerous tire chain options for your 2008 Ford Escape with 235/70-16 tires. I have included a link to all of the tire chains that will fit your tire size for you to review. A Class S tire chain will need to have 37mm or less clearance above the chain and 15mm or less clearance out from the sidewall. The Glacier Cable Snow Tire Chains, # PW2029C, that you have referenced will fit and are considered Class S chains as they require 15mm or more clearance. I also recommend adding...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Converter Boxes No Longer Working After 1 Year of Use on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The problem could be corrosion build up at the trailer connectors that is causing a short or another wiring issue on the trailer that is causing a short. If this is the case, then the harness # C56160 is actually doing its job of protecting the vehicle wiring by shorting out at the converter rather than the vehicle. You will want to check your trailer connectors frequently before use for any corrosion, clean out the connectors, and make sure the wiring harness ground connection is intact....
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  • Parts Recommendation to Install a 7-Way on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • To install a 7-way on your 2008 Ford Escape you will first need to start with a 4-way. For that you would want the Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 118551. Check out the install video I attached. Now if the trailer you plan on towing doesn't have trailer brakes all you would need is the adapter part # 37185. If the trailer does have brakes you would want the # ETBC7 instead of the # 37185. This comes with everything needed to install a 7-way and install a brake controller. I attached...
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  • Recommendations for Tow Package for 2008 Ford Escape
  • A factory tow package can vary with different manufacturers. Based on the information you provided we would need to start by testing the connector you mentioned in the back. You will need a circuit tester like Quickee Circuit Tester, part # 3808. You indicated that there are fuses in the 31C, 31D, and 31E positions on your fuse panel. You might check your owners manual and verify that these are fuses for the left turn, right turn, and park / running lights. You will need to have someone...
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  • Will a Trunk Mount Bike Rack Set Off the Back Up Alert on a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
  • The Yakima KingJoe Pro 2, # Y02624, is a fit for a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid, but any trunk mount bike rack could potentially set off the back up alert. However, keep in mind that it will only go off, if at all, when you are in reverse. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, I recommend using the Yakima Tube Top, # Y02531, in order to carry the bikes more level. I have included a link to a video that shows how the Tube Top works and a link to all of the...
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  • Dimensions of the Replacement Pin and Clip for the Thule Goalpost Load Bar
  • The replacement snapper pin for the Thule Goalpost does have a 3/8 inch diameter. This snapper pin was designed for use with the Thule Goalpost Load Bar. We do have other 3/8 inch diameter snapper pins like part # 38-200, which is 2 inches long and part # 38-212TR, which is 2-1/2 inches long.
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  • Weight Capacities of Hidden Hitch Class III Receiver # 87626 for 2008 Ford Escape
  • Weight capacity is how much weight that can be towed when using a standard ball mount for the hitch. Weight distribution capacity is how much weight can be towed when using weight distribution system with the hitch. I looked up the instructions linked on the product page for Hidden Hitch part # 87585 and the capacities are listed as follows: Weight Capacity When Using Ball Mount: 525 pounds Tongue Weight, 3,500 pounds Gross Trailer Weight Weight Capacity Using Weight Distribution:...
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  • Can a Rigthline Sport 3 XL Roof Cargo Bag be used on a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid with an OEM Roof Rack
  • The Rightline Sport 3XL Cargo Bag # RL100S30 will work on your 2008 Ford Escape roof. The optimal way to secure this cargo bag to your roof would be to use both the crossbars and the side rails with the included cargo loops. If this cargo bag is a little too big for your existing cross bars I suggest having any overhang overlap the rear side to side cross bar. This would reduce the chance of the wind catching the underneath portion of the bag and causing damage while driving. If you...
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  • Flat Towing 2008 Ford Escape FWD w/ Automatic Transmission
  • According to the information I found on page 177 of an online copy of the 2008 Ford Escape owners manual, FWD models can be towed with a tow dolly only. AWD models must be trailered. Only manual transmission-equipped models can be flat towed, 4 wheels down. In your particular case, you will need to use a tow dolly to prevent damaging the transmission. We offer a Roadmaster Tow Dolly you might be interested in, part # RM-2000-1.
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  • Trailer Turn Signals Do Not Work With Draw-Tite Wiring Harness # 118251 on a 2008 Ford Escape
  • The first step I would take is testing the 4-way connector from the Wiring Harness, # 118251, using a circuit tester like part # 3808 without the trailer connected. I have attached a video that shows how you can use the circuit tester to test the connector at the 2 minute and 42 second mark. If you have a signal at the connector, then that will tell you there is a short somewhere in the trailer wiring. You will want to make sure you have good ground connections and check the turn signal...
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  • Rhino Rack Roof Rack Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape
  • What you have on the roof of your 2008 Ford Escape is similar to a rain gutter in that it will direct water as it flows on the roof of your vehicle, but it is not the kind of rain gutter that would prevent you from installing a Rhino Rack roof rack. To see a picture of a traditional rain gutter with a Rhino Rack rain gutter mount # RL110S2 attached to it check out the picture I attached. To complete the install of a Rhino Rack roof rack for your vehicle you can use complete roof rack...
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  • Will a Bacchetta Giro 20 Recumbent Bike Fit the Pro Series Q-Slot Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • The 47 inch wheelbase will not be a problem on your recumbent bike but that large seat could cause some issues. The hook on the Pro Series bike rack # PS63138 would have to come down right where the seat is if the bike is centered on the rack. You would have to carry the bike slightly off center for it to work. This could cause the bike to stick out too far on one side on narrow vehicles but probably would not be too bad on your Escape. I have included a link to a video review of this...
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  • Best Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Rogue
  • I checked with Draw Tite and the part # 75902 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit your vehicle so I would recommend it for you. For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118480. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage...
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  • Using a Battery Isolator on the 12 Volt Circuit on a 7-Way and 2011 Ford Escape
  • The issue you are describing is a common one. The best way to avoid vehicle battery drain is to install a battery isolator # TR118665, in line on the 12 volt circuit to the 7-Way. The black 12 volt wire to the 7-Way will go first to the AUX post on a 40 amp circuit breaker, # PK54540. Then attach a wire to the BAT post on the circuit breaker and attach that to the output side on the isolator. Then connect wire from the input side of the isolator to the positive battery terminal. Both...
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  • Hitch and Motorcycle Carrier Recommendation for a 2008 Ford Escape Carrying a 2007 Suzuki GSXR600
  • I have a hitch that could work for you as it has a tongue weight rating of 525 lbs. Check out the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch # 87626. I attached an install video and installation instructions for this product also. I did some research and it looks like your 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 600 should weight about 420 lbs so if you were to combine that weight with the weight of the Rage PowerSport Steel Motorcycle Carrier # MX600 at 64 lbs you would be at about 484 lbs which would be under the capacity...
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