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Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your Chrysler Town and Country with this custom harness. T-connector plugs directly into existing wiring. Powered converter reduces strain on wiring system and is made using SMT to ensure superior performance.
This custom-fit T-connector plugs into your Chrysler Town and Country's wiring harness, which is located behind the driver's-side and passenger's-side tail lights. You will have to remove the tail light assemblies to access this harness. Once you've plugged in the T-connector, run the hot lead up to your car battery. Connect the lead to the included fuse holder, and then connect the fuse holder to the positive terminal on your battery.
Once installation is complete, the 4-way connector will be stowed beneath your Chrysler Town and Country, near the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket (sold separately) is recommended to keep the connector secure.
It is recommended that you use a small amount of grease on all electrical connections - the plugs on your automobile and the 4-pole connector itself - to help prevent corrosion.
A tail light converter is built into this T-connector. This converter is a circuit-protected, battery-powered unit that bypasses the electrical routes that are used by a basic wiring harness. As a result, there is virtually no draw on your tail light circuits.
Because most trailers run on a two-wire system - wherein the brake and turn signals are carried on one wire - the separate brake and turn signals from your Chrysler Town and Country's three-wire system need to be combined so they are compatible with the wiring system of the trailer. This converter combines the brake and turn signal functions of your automobile so that they run on one wire to properly activate your trailer's tail lights. Note: This will not affect how the tail lights on your Chrysler Town and Country operate.
Curt builds each tail light converter using surface-mount technology (SMT). This method of construction involves soldering electronic components directly to the surface of a printed circuit board. SMT eliminates the need for leads, which are used in older through-hole technology. The result is a circuit board that is smaller yet provides more routing area and that offers superior performance, reliability and durability.
Circuit boards constructed using SMT have been shown to perform better under rough conditions with excessive vibration than those made using the through-hole method. And where would vibration be more likely to occur than in towing applications? Curt converters also produce less heat, leading to increased durability and longer life. In addition, lower levels of resistance ensure better performance, especially for parts that operate at higher frequencies.
Each Curt circuit board is made using high-quality components that are pieced together in the most technologically savvy fashion, leading to greater predictability and reliability in functioning.
Video of Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector
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Today, we're going to be taking a look at part number C56162. This is the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness with a 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector. This harness fits certain years and models of the Dodge Caliber, the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Dodge Durango, the Jeep Patriot, and the Chrysler Town and Country. It's going to provide your 4-way flat trailer connector at the back of your vehicle to power your trailer's signal lights. It is compatible with 5-pole, 6-pole, and 7-pole adapters. Those items are sold separately.
The benefit of a system like this is that it connects quickly and easily. All you have to do is locate the connection points behind your taillights at the rear of the vehicle, plug in the T-connectors, 1 on each side, and then run your hot lead to the vehicle battery. Your hot lead is the black wire coming out of the converter box. You're going to connect it with this black wire right here and that's going to give you plenty of wire that you need to run it up to the vehicle battery. It's going to include a taillight converter. That's the black box.
This is going to ensure that your vehicle's wiring matches that of your trailer's. It's going to attach to a nice, clean surface using the provided double-sided adhesive tape. The powered module is going to connect directly to the vehicle battery through the wiring and that's going to help avoid overloading the vehicle's electrical system. It's constructed using surface-mount technology for consistent, reliable performance. That's going to maximize the trailer light yield and intensity while producing minimal heat and it's going to ensure superior operation even in rough road conditions. It's going to come with a dust cap for the 4-way flat connector so that way you can protect the connection points when your connector's not being used.
The product's made in the USA. When it comes to your maximum amperage for the stop and turn light, we're looking at 5 amps per circuit. For the taillights, we're looking at 5 amps per circuit. Very simple installation. It's going to come with some nice, detailed instructions that's going to walk you through the installation process step by step. It's going to come with the fuse holder as well as all the necessary butt connectors, ring terminals, you're going to get a self tapping screw, that's going to be for your ground connection right here, white wire with a ring terminal already attached to it, you're going to get the included fuse as well as zip ties.
Zip ties are going to help clean up your installation. It's going to secure any excess or slack wiring that you may have once your installation's complete. The custom fit T-connector is going to plug into your vehicle's wiring harness that's going to be located behind the driver side and passenger taillights. The side or the connector with the yellow wire goes on the driver side, the side with the green wire runs over the passenger side. That's why you have some extra green wiring right there. Then again, your white wire has a ring terminal attached to it. That's going to be your ground connection with the self tapping screw. Black wire gets connected to this black wire with a butt connector, then one end of the fuse holder gets connected to the black wire with a butt connector. The other end is going to get connected to the positive post on the vehicle battery with the included ring terminal. It's always recommended that you use a small amount of grease on all electrical connections like the plugs on your vehicle and the 4-pole connector itself. That's going to help prevent corrosion. That's going to do it for today's review of part number C56162. This is the Curt T-Connector Vehicle Wiring Harness. .
Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (118 Customer Reviews)Quickly and easily install a 4-way trailer connector on your vehicle with this custom harness. T-connector plugs directly into existing wiring. Powered converter reduces strain on wiring system and is made using SMT to ensure superior performance.
This harness is very easy to hook up to the tail lights, install takes a bit of effort. You will have to partially remove the interior panels on the driver side from the rear all the way up to the dashboard if you want to conceal the 12 volt wire that is needed to power the converter for this harness. I have a 2012 Jeep Patriot and I could not find a good way to pass the power wire thru the firewall without drilling. So what I did was run the wire up to the bottom of the dashboard and put an insulated FEMALE* connector on it, so when I need trailer lights I simply connect a long jumper (with insulated MALE* connectors on both ends of jumper) and run it thru the door, behind the fender up into the hood. It's good to install the fuse holder to the positive battery cable and put insulated FEMALE* connector on it as well for easy connection of the jumper. When I'm not using the trailer lights, I remove the jumper and the 10 amp fuse under the hood, the wire under the dash stays hidden out of sight. ;') *Connectors=Male/Female Disconnect Pairs were used. This method of install worked great for me and was not hard to complete, just thought I would share. Thanks eTrailer for making towing easy. 62009
by: Josh (2011 Durango)02/05/2014
This is a good product. It was easy to install. Didn't need to splice any wires; the wires provided were just the right length. For me, since I do electrical work all the time, the instructions were pretty straight forward, but for someone who hasn't worked with this stuff before, the instructions could be more detailed and step by step. Even though I cleaned both the black box and the surface on the frame, the adhesive pad did not hold up. I recommend using some high strength duct tape if you are mounting it under the bumper, not near any hot/moving components. Other than those things I would rate this product as excellent. Additionally etrailer.com's customer support is phenomenal, so if you do have trouble understanding the instructions, rest assured you can get it cleared up by them. Over all it has been a good experience. 115801
by: Tom S.06/11/2015
I am very pleased with this product and the relatively easy installation. The online video for installation on a 2008 Chrysler Town & Country was a great help since I was installing on my 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. The only difficult task I encountered was running the hot wire to the battery in the engine compartment, which took me over an hour. I chose to run this wire under the vehicle as shown in the video, first going up and over the rear suspension and then following the brake lines. Since the wire is exposed to the elements and is always "hot", I recommend using some plastic tubing to protect it, which I didn't think of until after I had it routed. I am now going to go back and redo it with the tubing. I would like to see that recommendation included in the instructions when routing this wire under the vehicle. 202432
by: Bill W.08/07/2014
Everything worked as advertised. Instructions were clear. Video was helpful. Installation was straightforward. Green wire to right side taillight could have been a few inches longer. 144932
by: Andy (Florida)01/30/2014
Good idea in lessening the electric load from the trailer. Wiring harness fits really tight and could use a couple inches in places. 115268
Follow the video directions and this is a pretty easy installation. Took me a couple hours because you have to work under the vehicle to run the 12 gauge black power cable from the back to the engine compartment for the positive battery connection. I used like 2 dozen 6" length cable ties and connected the power cable to the rear brake line tubing going from the drivers side rear brake to the engine compartment. Have to be careful when routing the power cable around the rear suspension shock coil spring area because all that equipment moves. My local trailer hitch dealers charge $90-100 for this installation and they want you to leave the vehicle for the day which is not desirable. Thanks for all the detail in the video, it really did help! 248903
by: silvino guzman01/04/2017
thank you for such a great product that made my replacement such a hasle free experiance 329984
Quality parts. Easy install. Would definitely buy from these guys again. Makes sure you ground to bare metal. 78590
by: Mark C08/03/2013
Easy to install 93135
by: A. D. Kirby05/19/2014
Installation went smoothly. Product works perfect. Great Stuff! 131405
by: Rod D10/09/2016
Installed the hitch, and watch a video on installing the trailer wiring kit. A little apprehensive that the kit might not be the right one, but pleasantly surprised to note it was! Took my time, and followed the video and instructions in sequence. Hardest part was running that black power wire forward to the battery. No problems though, and tested OK. Plugged in the trailer harness, and the left rear brake light and blinker didn't work. Checked and did the WD-40 thing, replaced the bulb, and that fixed the issue. People need to know about these issues, because they may think they made a mistake in wiring the kit! 304824
Simple instructions, easy install. Works as expected. 208986
Arrived quickly and well packaged. I'll absolutely order from etrailer again! 166780
the green wire was 4" short 182751
This pigtail is an easy install in the back end. However, not by any fault of the harness manufacturer, the power wire is a tough one to run. The vehicle construction made it a task to tuck/hide and strap the wire. I was adement to secure the wire so it wasn't exposed to exterior impact. The rear was about half an hour. Power wire was over 2 hrs by myself. Probably an hour to 1.5 hrs with help. 30 minutes if you don't care if it's exposed. This was in a 2013 4x4 Jeep Patriot. Lots of hot and moving parts under there. 84547
by: Bill C.06/25/2016
Device initially worked fine & installation was a breeze. After 2-3 mths the trailer's left rear brakelight would not illuminate, even though the trailer lights were fine, when towed with other vehicles. After 6 mths, the tow vehicle's left rear brake light dimly lights. All connections check fine. The self adhesion tape holding the module to the vehicle came loose over the winter, even though the body panel was cleaned with an alcohol wipe, prior to instillation. Disappointed in this unit. 265042
by: David S06/01/2016
Overall this wiring harness is very easy to install. However this was the second one I had to install on my van. 3 weeks later it fails in the middle of a camping trip. Stopped into a trailer shop. They verified the wiring was correct, but once again the unit wasn't allowing power to flow to the trailer. I've always purchased all my trailer supplies from etrailer and will continue to in the years to come, but this product is one that doesn't last or work as advertised 255513
Good product, works fine and installation is easy. The instructions are great and the installation video on e-trailer is a big plus. The only difference I had is I was unable to run the trailer connector inside the vehicle. I either didn't have of couldn't find the hole. I ran the wire and connector underneath the bumper cover. I like this better anyway because now I don't have to run the wire and connector out of the cargo compartment and close the tailgate on it. 180294
by: Justin S.07/12/2016
Whole process was super easy. Entered my vehicle make and model, and got my tow hitch and wiring harness ordered. Shipping was quick and install took about 30 minutes. Couldn't be happier! Definitely will be oredering another for my other vehicle. 270866
by: Cam A05/01/2015
The shipping was fast and came packaged safe and secure. The product is exactly as it was shown online. I have yet to instal on my car but I have been very pleased with how easy, cheap and helpful etrailer has been during this process. I am not as familiar with these parts and etrailers installation videos and easy purchase process has only helped back up a great product. 189304
by: Joel A10/17/2016
Worked once installed, but like others I found that the length of wire to go between the two tail lights was just a few inches short. Had to splice in an extra 2-3 inches but that made all the difference. Once done, lights were too dim, but the problem was fixed by running a dedicated ground wire instead of relying on the frame as a ground. 308080
by: Scott S.01/05/2014
Worked well. Took a little time. The right side wire was about a foot short so I had to splice in a piece. Also to di it right you have to cut the wires and splice them because their is no way to get the connectors fished up to the tail lights through the tiny holes. Could just be my type of vehicle that made it a pain. 111945
by: Chet B05/01/2014
All products received in a timely manner, but multiple products shipped in same box and box was received very damaged. Products in the box were all OK but the trailer hitch really tore up the shipping box - was worried the busted open box would lose other products in the box. Alls well that ends well. 128405
by: Glenn J.01/22/2017
This is the second trailer hitch that I have purchased from etrailer.com. They both were exactly what I wanted. The installation went well, the instructions were clear. I also bought the electrical kit for the trailer lights and everything I needed was there. Good Job! 337244
by: Stu C.09/26/2016
I just installed this electrical harness (Curt 56162) for trailering on my 2011 Jeep Patriot. Everything was in perfect order. The videos were extremely helpful and it went on without a "hitch". Took about 90 mins but it was a first and I purposely went slow. 299859
by: Will C08/03/2016
Great products all around. No hassle or trouble at all. Thanks 278840
Sorry about the delay, but I was busy working at my campsite. I hooked the T-connection on Friday the 23th and everything is working. Very easy, but I took my time with the routing of the wiring and it took around two hours(I just finished working nightwork). 132952
by: Tom S.01/09/2017
Absolutely no problem with the wiring harness while it was on my 2010 Caravan. However, the trailer hitch from the 2010 was the same as called for for my 2016 Caravan, the wiring harness did not match the new hookups so I no longer have the wiring harness. 331033
by: Jeff M03/09/2016
your service is always good, but bought a wiring kit, and wired it correctly (I'm an engineer) and there is a short in the unit that keeps the trailer lights dimly lit even when the car and lights are off. I have to unplug the trailer every time I park it. 240274
by: Scott K08/29/2016
These parts arrived very quickly, I installed them with ease (by following the directions), and they worked perfectly the first time. I would absolutely order from etrailer.com again in the future if we need to install another tow package. 288924
by: Sylvia H.10/29/2013
I purchased a Curt T-Connector Wiring harness for installation on my Durango because I had recently put on a trailer hiych. It was priced very reasonably and easy to install. I love it. Definitely will make hauling my Falcon much safer. 105570
Good product, made wiring installation a bit easier on my 2011 Patriot. Hardest part was routing the 12v power lead to the battery and finding a place to feed it through the fire wall, Other than that it was a easy install. 68534
by: Brian R.07/09/2014
Bought a hitch and it is now installed. Also purchased a wire harness for my vehicle. Scheduled to have the wiring done on the 10 of July. I couldn't be more pleased with the items I purchased from etrailer.com 140438
Wiring harness instructions were easy to follow and the color pics helped alot. Splice connectors that come with the kit are not weather proof so I did swap those for some weather proof/heat shrink connectors. 145689
What can I say it worked as advertised, would have hated to install it without the installation video, running the 12 volt wire to the front of the vehicle was a pain without a lift but doable.Worked great. 188016
by: William T.06/12/2015
Couldn't get the wire over the gas tank so I just wen around. Thought I hadn't crimped the wires correctly but found out my lights on my trailer no longer work. Wiring went together as stated in the video. 202775
Have not installed yet but will save me $ dealer product was expensive and also the labor this do it yourself is easy and simple maybe less then 2 hours to install thanks for the do it yourself video 235117
by: Nery Pabon04/01/2015
Install in a 2015 Patriot. As expected, was very easy. Had a great time with my son install it. Little black box in the middle, but we went around it. The instruction video was the best help we had. 182094
by: Rob M.01/04/2017
It works. Be aware that the double sided tape doesn't stick as well if you install this in colder temps. I may have to supplement with duct tape until it can be properly addressed in the Spring. 329979
by: Mike J.03/26/2015
Both products I ordered were shipped fast and we perfect fits to my vehicle. Their instructional videos were very helpful. Great communication and great products. Thanks to everyone at Etrailer. 180976
by: Chris C.06/04/2014
2013 Dodge Durango Simple install. Ran the power cable to the power pickup under the hood rather than the battery since the battery on this vehicle is located inside the passenger compartment. 134264
by: Ron Snow01/28/2017
I receive my packages and just a few days products look good going to install next weekend on my days off I will post some pictures Pat was very helpful and courteous I'd like to thank her 339058
easy to install instructions not clear on installing the carriage bolt with the fish with the tow hitch electric installation instructions would be easier to follow with more pictures 160020
I installed this wiring harness in under an hour super easy! They give you plenty of wire to play with which is nice most harnesses dont come with enough. Very pleased with my purchase. 337171
by: Chris D06/10/2016
Worked for 1 year and 2 weeks before crapping out. Tried to get help but was told it was a ground issue. However my meter said otherwise. Had to purchase another and so far it works. 259879
by: Jeff D.06/04/2014
Was easy to do. It saved time by removing bumper. It's not hard six screws and some push pins. It made hitch easier also. Hitch, wiring, and bumper still only took 1hr. 15mins 134255
Kit was easy to install. It was a pain to run the power wire all the way to the battery, but that's because I was doing it on a minivan and I wanted it to look factory. 252970
by: Jeff r04/04/2015
Product came in as promised. The video was very helpful. The product was easy to install. I would highly recommend the wiring harness for all the do it yourselfers. 183205
by: chet k.01/08/2016
trailer connector kit made life easy to install and great price.camera won't work for pictures because it's to cold up here in n.y. ha ha.keep up with the good work. 235009
by: mike s07/01/2014
Fit great on my 2014 jeep patriot. ..very easy to install and came with step by step instructions that could not have been more clear and easy to understand 138518
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