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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2013 Ford Explorer

All right, today in this 2013 Ford Explorer, were going to install part number C56093 from Curt. First thing we need to do is open up the back hatch and get access to our wiring. To do that, were going to have to remove the threshold in the back. Well start off by prying the threshold up closest to the door to loosen up the fasteners there. We use a trim pan tool to help get everything loosened up and started then we can go ahead and remove it from the car. Then, therell be two fasteners, one on each side of the threshold that we have to work loose as well. There's a small cover, right where our seatbelt goes in towards the floor, but go ahead and remove it, but pop out the bottom edge first, and push down the edge closest to the side.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer

Today, on our 2011, Ford Explorer, well be installing the CURT T-Connector vehicle wiring harness for 4-pole flat trailer connector, part number C56172. To begin with, well need to go underneath the rear passenger side of the vehicle. Well be using the black connector. Well need to first begin by squeezing the locking tab on the existing factory wiring harness plug. Once the tab is squeezed, well gently pull the plug apart. You can see inside how the factory wiring harness lines up with the pins of our new T-Connector.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 1994 Ford Explorer

Today on this 1994 Ford Explorer we're going to install part number 118324 from Tow-Ready. First thing we need to do is go ahead and open the back hatch and get inside the vehicle. Now we're going to need access to the jack storage compartment. We'll remove the panel and then we'll go ahead and remove the jack itself. Next we're going to go ahead and remove the tail light. There's two screws on top we'll have to remove so that we can get access tot he grommet that's on the inside because eventually we're going to run our wire to the outside.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2012 Ford Explorer, we'll be installing the Tow Ready T1 Connector, part number 118540. First, we'll go ahead and identify the connector. It's on the passenger's side next to the muffler. Then we can go ahead and press on the locking tab of the connector and separate the two connection points. Now, if we take our Tow Ready T1 connector, you'll notice that the connectors match identically to the manufacturers and we can plug in line with the manufacturer's wiring. With that completed, we'll now run the 4-pole over to the center of the vehicle and down to the hitch.



Trailer Wiring Harness Adapter Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2011 Ford Explorer, were going to add the Hopkins 7-pole connector part number 37185. To do this, well also use the Tow-Ready bracket part number 18136. Our vehicle is already equipped with a 4-pole connection. Well go ahead and assemble our 7-pole bracket and then add our Tow-Ready bracket so that we can mount it to our hitch. The install kit comes with both the bracket and the hardware. Were going to install all four fasteners and nuts.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Explorer

Today we are working on the 2011 Ford Explorer. We are going to install the tow ready T-One connector part number 118540. First step is to locate the manufacturers connection point on the passenger side of both of the exhausts inside the fender well. Then were going to press the locking tab and disconnect the two connection points. Now we can take our tow ready connector which will have identical plugs on either end matching the manufacturers. And we will plug it in line with the manufactures wiring.



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



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 1996 Ford Explorer

Today we are going to install part number 118241 from Tow Ready on our 1996 Ford Explorer. This one has a tow package on the vehicle and we will show you how to identify it. On our 1996 model here we have the actual tow package is located right here. It is pretty handy it basically plugs in and you are ready to go. However some other models it could be under one of the tail lights. It should be on either the left or right side. On those models they usually have the plug sometimes on both sides. One of them is active and one of them is not. This is about here sometimes you will find this plug also it could be here or it could be on the driver side. Simply plug it in then route the harness the way you want on the way to the opposite side. We will use zip ties to hold everything in place. There you have it for part number 118241 from Tow Ready. Install on our 1996 Ford Explorer.





Ford Explorer Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring Questions and Answers


  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way on a 2005 Ford Explorer
  • If your 2005 Ford Explorer came originally equipped with a factory 7-way the # part # HM40975 would be all that you would need to install it on your vehicle. If not, then you would need to start with a 4-way if you don't have one already. For that you would want part # 18252. Now to convert to a 7-way you have two options. If the trailer you plan on towing has trailer brakes you would need part # ETBC7. If you trailer doesn't have brakes you would instead want the # 37185. If your...
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  • Adapting 4-Pole on 2005 Ford Explorer to a 7-Way for Towing a Boat
  • Since boat trailers don't typically have electric brakes, I'm assuming you mainly need the 7-way for the lighting circuits and perhaps for an electric reverse lock-out solenoid on a hydraulic brake actuating trailer coupler. The Hopkins # 37185 adapter will plug directly into the4-pole that's already installed on your Explorer and provide a functioning 7-way, as well as retaining an operational 4-pole. The adapter will have four remaining wires. The blue wire would usually be used to...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 1997 Ford Explorer
  • Most likely yes, but the only way to know for certain would be for you to contact a Ford dealership with the VIN of your 1997 Ford Explorer and they will be able to tell you for sure. If you have the tow package all you would need for trailer wiring would be the part # 118241. The wiring harness part # 118345 that you referenced will work either way. Whether or not you have the tow package this harness will work for you.
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Yes, the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56172 that you referenced has been confirmed to fit the 2014 Ford Explorers. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well.
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  • Wiring Harness Needed for 2000 Ford Explorer XLT
  • If your Explorer was originally equipped with a factory 7-way, it would have a US car connector underneath the rear bumper. If it was not equipped with the 7-way, it will have a smaller gray connector that looks like the one in the photo I provided. If you have the US car connector, you'd use the # 20119 you mentioned. If you have the smaller connector, you'd use # 118241, which would provide a 4-pole trailer connector. If your trailer uses a 7-way trailer connector and has electric...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2001 Ford Explorer XLT 4-Door
  • Since your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT did not come with a factory trailer connector you have a couple of options for wiring harnesses. There are hardwire options and T-connector options for your Explorer. For a hardwire option you can use # 119147KIT. You would need to use the included circuit tester to test the vehicle tail light wiring to determine the functions and connect the wiring harness accordingly. For a T-connector harness, one that plugs in line with the vehicle tail light wiring,...
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  • Brake Controller Install Port Location on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • On your 2014 Ford Explorer, the brake controller port is located by the steering column. The # 3035-P harness would plug right into this and your brake controller would only need to be mounted and it would be ready to go. It can also be located behind the hood release handle. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • If your 2013 Ford Explorer came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then you would use brake controller wiring harness # 3035-P. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If your Explorer came with a factory 4-Way but not a 7-Way then you will not need the harness above and will need to hardwire in the brake controller using # 37185 and installation kit # 5506. And if the vehicle did not come with a trailer wiring harness at all you would first...
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  • Install Video for the Tow Ready Wiring Kit part # 119147KIT
  • We have an install video for the Wiring Kit part # 119147KIT on a vehicle that I attached that will show you how it would install on a 2014 Ford Explorer like what you have, but we haven't had the chance to install this kit on a 2014 Explorer so that video is not available. The install process will be the exact same though. You will need to test the tail light wires from the harnesses and wire them up accordingly. I also attached a set of installation instructions for this kit for...
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  • Is Running the Modulite Power Wire Necessary when Installing # C56093 on 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The battery connection is indeed required, in fact the trailer connector won't function without it. To save money and weight, over the last 15 years the vehicle manufactuers have been using smaller gauge wire on the taillight circuits. In the past, when larger gauge wire was used, there was plenty of capacity to power taillight circuits using power tapped directly from the harness feeding the taillight assemblies. Now that smaller gauge wire is used, its safer for the vehicle and more...
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  • Choice of Trailer Wiring Harness for 2013 Ford Explorer
  • Your choice of a trailer wiring harness for your 2013 Ford Explorer will depend on the nature of the wiring on the trailer or trailers you will tow. Basic trailers, those that have lighting functions only but no trailer brakes and no accessories that require 12V power from the tow vehicle, typically use a 4-pole flat trailer connector. Trailers that have brakes and/or that require 12-volt power most often use an RV-style 7-Way blade-type connector. The linked article on trailer wiring...
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  • Wiring Installation Instructions for Hopkins LED-Compatible Tail Light Converter # HM48895
  • The trailer wiring harness you referenced, Hopkins # HM48895, is intended for vehicles that use LED tail lights which draw relatively little power as compared to standard incandescent lights. I do not believe that your 1995 Ford Explorer came equipped with LED-type lighting and this harness is not among those recommended for your vehicle. The red wire on this harness does connect to the brake light circuit as you noted in the instructions. You can identify which wire at your Explorer's...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring for a 2001 Ford Explorer 4-Door LTD
  • If your 2001 Ford Explorer came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector then you would use # 118241 to install a 4-Way trailer connector. You can check to see if that round plug under the vehicle is live or not by testing it with a circuit tester, # 3808, while someone goes through the lighting functions in the cab of the vehicle. If that plug shows power then you can use # 118241. If that plug does not show power then to add a 4-Way you will need wither # 118344 if you...
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  • Adding 7-Way Connector and Brake Controller to 2013 Ford Explorer w/Factory 4-Way Trailer Connector
  • To tow the trailer with the 7-Way round connector with your 2013 Ford Explorer that has a 4-Way flat connector you will need an adapter, # 37185. On this adapter, the white wire must be grounded to the vehicle frame in order for the connector to function. The other 3 wires can be tied up if they are not going to be used. The blue wire is used for electric brakes. The black wire is for 12 volt power. And the purple wire is for reverse lights If the trailer does not have electric brakes,...
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  • 7-Way Connector For 2013 Explorer Limited With Existing 4-Way Connector
  • Since you have the 4-Way connector installed on your 2013 Ford Explorer, you can then install a 7-Way connector like the 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. The 4-Way you currently have will plug into this unit. It includes the 7-Way connector and all the wiring and accessories needed work on your vehicle. I have included some links that show and explain the part # ETBC7 installation for you. If your Explorer has the port for the brake controller, it will be located on the driver side...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Options for a 2013 Base Ford Explorer
  • The Curt Wiring Harness part # C56172 that you referenced will work on your 2013 Ford Explorer base model. This harness installs by plugging inline with your taillight wiring harness. I attached an installation video for this product for you to check out as well. The Curt Wiring Harness part # 56146KIT is a hardwire option for your vehicle. What is nice about this harness is that it draws all the amperage needed to power your trailer lights from the vehicle battery and only uses the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2014 Ford Explorer XLT Without the Factory Tow Package
  • You may be able to use the Curt T-Connector Wiring Harness, # C56172, on your 2014 Ford Explorer, but before buying the harness, I recommend testing the connector on your Explorer to make sure it works. Sometimes vehicle manufacturers will leave the factory trailer wiring in place, but they will not include the fuses and relays necessary to make the wiring active. Using a circuit tester like part # 40376, test the pins in the factory connector while a helper runs through the tail light...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • Curt trailer wiring # C56172 is designed to fit a 2014 Ford Explorer that came with the factory tow package. If your Explorer does not have the factory tow package then the connectors for the harness will either not be present or they will not be functional. It sounds like your model does not have the factory tow package so you would need to use a hardwire harness such as # 56146KIT. It is also possible that the one connector you see and the one that is capped off are the connectors...
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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...
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  • Troubleshooting Wiring On Trailer And 2013 Ford Explorer With No Factory Tow Package
  • If you are only having problems with one light, you can check to see if you have a ground problem on your trailer that is hooked up to your 2013 Ford Explorer. You want to make sure that the ground wire (usually white) on the trailer connector is securely attached to the trailer frame. If you have a folding trailer tongue, attach the ground connection to the trailer frame, behind the tongue hinge. Check the ground area for any corrosion or paint, or dirt build up. If any is present, clean...
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  • Curt Custom Fit C56172 Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness # C56172 that you referenced will work on your 2013 Ford Explorer. The single cable you found on the passenger side behind the rear tire will be the connector that you will use. I attached installation instructions that include a picture of the said connector and an installation video for you to check out.
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  • Right Turn Signal on 2001 Ford Explorer Will Not Turn Off With T-One Wiring Harness Installed
  • If all of your connections look good, I would suspect that the converter box of the harness may be bad, especially if the turn signal on the truck turns off once you remove the fuse. It is possible for the ModuLite converters to short out. It sounds like power is back feeding onto the wires going to your right turn signal. You can test the the harness to see if this is the case. First, replace the fuse on the power wire so power is being sent to the converter box. Next, unplug the connection...
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  • 2012 Ford Explorer XLT Brake Controller Installation Instructions
  • Yes, it sounds like you have the Hopkins 7-Way Adapter part # 37185 and are looking for a way to install it in your 2012 Ford Explorer that you recently installed a 4-way into. I attached an instructions link that will detail exactly what you will need to do and use to install the # 37185 in your vehicle and make your Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller # 5500 fully functional. I also attached a video that shows a similar installation for you to check out.
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  • Trailer Hitch, 4 and 7-Way Trailer Wiring, and Accessories for a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • To add a 7-Way trailer connector your 2013 Ford Explorer you will first need to install a 4-Way harness, # 119147KIT. This includes a converter that takes the separate brake light and turn signal circuits and combines them for use with a trailer. Once you have the 4-Way installed you can then install a 7-Way using the 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. The 4-Way will plug into this unit. It includes the 7-Way connector and all the wiring and accessories needed to make it fully functional....
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  • Installing Curt T-Connector # C56172 on 2013 Ford Explorer
  • According to my contact in the tech services department at Curt, what we are looking at in your photo is a protective cap placed on the connector. Somewhere near the connector you found, there should be the other half of the connector. You would need to remove the protective cap from each connector, then plug the # C56172 inline between the two connectors. You would then have a functioning 4-pole connector.
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  • Trailer Lights Do Not Work After Replacing Trailer Connector on a 1991 Ford Explorer
  • Cutting off the connector on the vehicle was not necessary because there are plenty of different adapters that you could have used. But since you need to hardwire in a 4-Way now what you will need to do is use a circuit tester like # 3808 or if you got one from the auto parts store use it. Since you have already identified the turn signals and running lights you just have to make sure that the turn signal wires also have a brake light function. Have someone sit in the vehicle and apply...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 2001 Ford Explorer with a 4-Way Trailer Connector
  • To use the electric brakes on your camper, you will need two items. First, you will need a brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. This kit provides all of the necessary hardware to install a 7-way trailer connector and a brake controller. I have attached an installation video on a Ford Explorer for you to check out. The Explorer in the video is a different year from your Explorer, but it is the same generation, so the installation process will be the same. I have also attached...
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  • Where Does Curt Trailer Wiring Install on a Base Model 2013 Ford Explorer
  • On a 2013 Ford Explorer that did not come with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, you can use Curt wiring harness # C56172 that you have referenced. It will install underneath the vehicle at the back on the passengers side. The factory connection point should be behind the rear tire. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. I have also linked a video showing a typical installation of another harness that fits in the same place on your vehicle.
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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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  • Wiring a Trailer Connector on a 2002 Ford Explorer
  • In order to determine what three wires you need to splice, we will need to know what functions on your trailer connector you currently have. If you are installing a 4 way trailer connector, then the remaining three wires will be for the left turn/stop (yellow wire), right turn/stop (green wire), and taillights (brown wire). To connect these wire, you will want to locate the taillight wiring at the back of the taillight assemblies, and use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to determine...
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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...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for a Base Model 2013 Ford Explorer
  • If you only have the one end under your 2013 Ford Explorer and you cannot find the other end, I would recommend not using harness # 118540. Instead, you could use # C56093 which plugs in line with the tail light wiring. You will also need to run a power wire to the vehicle battery. This powers the trailer lights and protects the vehicle wiring. I have included a link to an FAQ on routing the power wire for you.
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  • Factory Brake Controller Harness Location on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The harness for the 2013 Ford Explorer is located above and behind the hood release lever. There will be a 6-pin connector that mates with the one on the adapter at the end of the harness # 3035-P. For a brake controller i recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885, because it is one of our best selling controllers for its ease of use. I have included a link to the installation details for you to view.
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  • Troubleshooting 1993 Ford Explorer that Blinkers are Hyper-Flashing after Trailer Wiring Install
  • I spoke with my contact at Tow Ready and he informed me that if your blinkers are flashing quickly with your trailer being connected you will need to replace the flasher unit in your 1993 Ford Explorer. For that I recommend you get a Heavy Duty Flasher # 39552. If the hyper-flashing occurs without a trailer connected my contact recommended you make sure that the # 118324 harness is making good contact. You could unplug it and plug it back in to see if that fixes it.
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  • Wiring Harness and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2001 Ford Explorer
  • You will need The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118345 to provide you with a 4-way that will power the tail lights of your trailer, but in order to operate the brakes you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way. In order to do that you will need to install a Brake Controller 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit # ETBC7. This will give you everything you need to have fully functioning brakes on your trailer. Check out the installation instructions and installation video I attached for...
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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...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Harness Location on a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited
  • On your 2013 Ford Explorer Limited, the factory brake control wiring harness should be located above and behind the hood release under the dash on the drivers side. To connect your P2 brake controller to the harness, you will need the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3035-P. This adapter has one end that plugs into your P2 brake controller and a larger end that plugs into the 6 pin connector that should be located behind the glove box on the vehicles brake control harness. I have...
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  • Trailer Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2013 Ford Explorer Limited
  • The trailer wiring harness # 118540 will fit the 2013 Ford Explorer. I have included some links that will help with installation. To add a 7-Way, you will need to use the # ETBC7 installation kit after installing the 4-Way. This will provide a 7-Way connector and all of the wiring needed to install a brake controller. I have included some links that will help explain the ETBC7 installation. For a brake controller, I recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885. It is one of our most popular...
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  • How to Determine if a 1996 Ford Explorer XLT Has a Factory Tow Package
  • Ford Explorers with the tow package will have a plug hanging underneath the vehicle. The plug is usually located in the rear of the Ford Explorer on the drivers side. However, the plug can also be found on the passengers side and sometimes even on both sides. The small gray connector is usually covered with a red plug (see attached picture), but the colors and styles of caps do vary. About 90 per cent of the Ford Explorers came with the tow package. I am including a link to a video of...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 in 2004 Ford Explorer with No Tow Package
  • Since your 2004 Explorer was not equipped with a factory 7-way, the brake controller will need to be hardwired. To wire your controller, you will need: 25 feet of # 10-2-1 duplex cable Either a 20 or 30 amp inline breaker ( # 9506-P for 2-4 brake assemblies or 38630 for 6 brake assemblies) 40 amp breaker, # 9510 for 12-volt accessory circuit (if needed). Circuit Tester, # 40376 The controller would attach to the underside of the dash, and should be mounted in accordance with...
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  • What is Needed to Convert a 4-way to a 7-way on 2000 Ford Explorer
  • Basically, all you need to do is install a Hopkins Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole # 37185 and you would have a fully-functional 7-way on your 2000 Ford Explorer. Check out the video I attached that shows this product being installed on a similar Ford vehicle.
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  • Differences Between Available Trailer Wiring Harnesses for 2012 Ford Explorer
  • You can use the Tow Ready # 118540 with no problems, as long as your Explorer is equipped with the connector shown in the photo I provided. The signals used at this connection point are already converted, so no additional converter is needed. This connection is circuit protected by existing fuses, so there is no risk involved with using this harness. The Curt harness that uses the converter attaches directly behind the tail lights, at which point the signals are not converted, which...
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  • Trailer Wiring on a 1997 Ford Explorer Stopped Working
  • If the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118345, was working on your 1997 Ford Explorer but then suddenly stopped working, the first thing I would check is the fuse that came with the converter. The power wire should be connected to the vehicle battery via the fuse and fuse holder. If you find that fuse is blown you will need to replace it. However, if there was a short on the trailer wiring, trailer side, or corrosion in the connectors on either side, it could blow the fuse again. Loss...
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  • Tow Ready Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 1994 Ford Explorer
  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118324 that you referenced would be the correct trailer wiring harness for your 1994 Ford Explorer. If you were to install this product on your vehicle it would provide you with a functioning 4-way that would work in replacement of the factory 4-way you have that is not functioning correctly. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also. The first thing I would check would be to see if the towing package...
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  • Installing a 4 and 7 Way Trailer Connector on a 2005 Ford Explorer with Factory 4-Way Wiring Harness
  • Since the lights are not working with the factory 4-Way on your 2005 Ford Explorer, you will first need to check on that issue before adding a 7-Way trailer connector. The addition of a 7-Way uses the wiring of a 4-Way flat so if it is currently not working, it would still not work with the 7-Way added. there may be some fuses or relays related to the factory tow package that need to be added or replaced to make the lights work. Check the owners manual for the location of any fuses and...
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  • Installation Instructions for a Tow Ready Wiring Harness on a 1997 Ford Explorer
  • In order to install a 4-way harness on your 1997 Ford Explorer you will need to install a Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118345 like you referenced. I attached detailed installation instructions for this product, but here is the content of the instructions: Open the rear tailgate of the vehicle. Remove the two taillights by loosening the two screws on each assembly. Stretch the T-connector wiring harness out across the bumper of the vehicle, placing the connector containing...
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  • Recommendation For Clean Installation of Mounting Bracket for 4-Way Vehicle Connector
  • For your 2011 Ford Explorer the Tow Ready No-Drill Short Bracket, part # 18140, the Draw-Tite Mounting Bracket, part # 118137, and the Tow Ready 4-Way Knock-Out Adapter, part # 30601, that you have referenced would make a good, clean installation of the 4-Way connector on your vehicle. Another suggestion is the Tow Ready Bracket # 18140 with the Tow Ready Mounting Bracket, part # 18144.
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  • Connection Point for a Tow Ready Wiring Harness on a 2011 Ford Explorer Limited 4x4
  • On the 2011 Ford Explorer, the connection point for the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118540, is located underneath the rear of the vehicle, on the passengers side. The connection point will be behind the rear tire and have connectors matching the T-Connector harness. I have included a link to the installation details that includes pictures that should also help.
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  • What Is Needed to Install a 7-way On a 2002 Ford Explorer
  • There is a way for you to have a 7-way on the rear of your 2002 Ford Explorer, but there is not a 7-way harness that will just plug into the factory port. You will still need to install a Plug-N-Tow Vehicle Wiring Harness # HM11140335, and from there if your trailer does not have brakes you will need a 4-Pole to 7-Pole Adapter # 37185. If your trailer does have brakes then you will want to install a Brake Controller Installation Kit # ETBC7 as it will provide everything you will need...
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  • Installation of 7-Way Connector on a 2007 Ford Explorer with Towing Package and Factory 4-Way
  • To get a 7-Way connector on the back of your 2007 Ford Explorer you will use the Hopkins Adapter, part # 37185. This adapter will plug into the existing factory 4-Way on your vehicle and the four remaining wires will need to be wired to your vehicle. The white wire will attach to the truck frame, the purple wire will attach to the reverse light circuit behind one of the tail lights. If reverse lights are not needed on the trailer, this wire can be tapped up and stowed out of the way. For...
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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...
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  • Installing T-Connector Part # C56093 on a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • The wiring will be ran from the drivers side to the passenger side under the threshold trim at the rear of the cargo area. Remove any screws or cargo tie-downs holding this piece in place. The threshold is held in place by a series of plastic clips and can be loosened from the front bottom edge and removed by GENTLY prying with a large screwdriver. Take your time here, you do not want to break any of the clips. The wiring can be zip tied to the existing wiring harness under the threshold...
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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...
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  • Which Trailer Wiring Harness Will Fit a 2006 to 2011 Chevy HHR
  • We do have a wiring harness for the 2006 to 2011 Chevy HHR. Take a look at Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118407. I have included a link to the installation details and a video showing installation of the harness on a 2007 Chevy HHR. The T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat, # 118398, is not designed to fit the Chevy HHR. It is designed to fit compact Pontiac and Chevy sedans and coupes like the Cobalt.
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  • Replacement 7-Way Wiring Harness for a 2010 Expedition EL with Existing 4 Pin Plug
  • The 2010 Ford Expedition should have a round connector at the rear of the vehicle where your 4 pin plug is plugged in. If there is a round connector there you can use the Replacement Multi-Tow 7-Way and 4 Pole Trailer Connector, item # 20119, to replace the 4-Way OEM connector on your Expedition. If your Expedition does not have the mating round connector under the rear of the vehicle you will need to use a 4-Way to 7-Way adapter like item # 37185, to provide a 7-Way connector at the...
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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...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Needed for a 1997 Ford Explorer with Factory Tow Wiring Harness
  • If you Ford Explorer has the factory tow package installed, then the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring for the Ford Explorer, 1997, item # 118241, will work on your vehicle. We carry this item for you to purchase. To determine if the factory tow package is active on your vehicle you should use a circuit tester and test the connection you have found to make sure that the left turn/stop, right turn/stop and tail light functions are working. If any of these functions are not active you...
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  • What Trailer Wiring Harness Is Needed For 2001 Ford Explorer XLT
  • The Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118344, is the wiring harness you will need if you do not have the factory tow package and your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT is a two door. If your 2001 Ford Explorer XLT does not have the factory tow package and is a four door, then you will need the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118345. This harness has a modulite converter that draws power for the trailer lights directly from the vehicles battery. Both of the wiring harnesses connect...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harnesses for a 1997 Ford Explorer
  • Your 1997 Ford Explorer has a 3 wire system and requires a powered converter. The converter from the auto parts store has taillight, turn, and brake functions and a 5th wire for ground. A converter for your vehicle requires a direct connection to the vehicle battery to protect your vehicles sensitive wiring. Bypassing the modulite is not recommended for this reason. If the modulite is damaged, there are no internal serviceable parts so a replacement is the best option. If your Explorer...
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  • Installation of T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness on 1991 Ford Explorer
  • The T-1 Connector would plug inline into the wiring harness leading to the rear tail light assemblies. This harness is located in the jack storage compartment. Locate the wiring harness connector, and disconnect it. One end of the T-1 harness would plug into each end of the harness you have disconnected. This will create a bit of slack in the wiring harness.
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  • 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....
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  • 7 and 4-Way Connector for a 2008 Ford Expedition
  • Since your truck has a factory 4-Way connector at the rear of the vehicle you will need the Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, item # 37185, which is designed for the 1997 - 2008 Ford Expedition with factory 4-Flat. The connections for a the brake feed, power and auxillary functions will be on the forward side of a connector that is attached to the driver side frame rail above the spare tire. You will need to splice the needed connections into the wiring using a circuit tester, item #...
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  • Installation of a Trailer Wiring Harness on a 1997 Ford Explorer Without Factory Tow Package
  • First, you need to find out If your Ford Explorer is equipped with a tow-package port (90 percent are). If so use, item # 118241, which is much simpler to hook up. The plug is usually located in the rear of the vehicle on the driver side. However, the plug can also be found on the passenger side and sometimes even on both sides. The small grey plug is usually covered with a red nipple, but the colors and styles of caps do vary. If your Explorer is not equipped with the factory tow package...
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  • How to Convert a 5-Pole Flat Trailer Connector to 4-Pole Flat Connector
  • Some 5-Pole flat connectors use a total of 6 wires. They operate as follows: Blue - trailer brakes Green - right hand brake and turn signals Yellow - left hand brake and turn signals Brown/Green - right hand running lights Brown/Yellow - left hand running lights White - ground The brown wires with the yellow and green tracers or stripes are the same circuit. They provide power to the side markers and taillights when the vehicle headlights are on. When converting these to a 4-Pole,...
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