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  • Trailer Hitch Wiring
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  • 4 Flat
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1997 Ford Explorer - Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector

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


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

Installation: The connection point is hanging underneath the rear of the vehicle and can be found on either the driver or passenger side. Connector will have a protective cap that will need to be removed. The 4-pole trailer connector will be stowed under the vehicle close to the trailer hitch. A mounting bracket is recommended.

Tech Tip: It is always a good idea to apply a small amount of grease to all electrical connections to help prevent corrosion.

Warning: Overloading circuit can cause fires. Do not exceed lower of towing manufacturer rating or:

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

Read vehicle's owners manual and instruction sheet for additional information.


Ford Explorers with the tow package will have a plug hanging underneath the vehicle. The plug is usually located in the rear of the vehicle on the driver's side. However, the plug can also be found on the passenger's side and sometimes even on both sides. The small grey plug is usually covered with a red nipple (as pictured), but the colors and styles of caps do vary.

118241 Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector

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Video Transcript for Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 1999 Ford Ranger

Today on our 1999 Ford Ranger, we'll install the custom fit vehicle wiring harness 4-pole connector, part number 118241. To begin our install, we'll first need to locate the manufacturer's tow port. For this application, it's behind the bumper here on the driver's side. To gain access to it, we'll just take a trim panel tool or flat blade screwdriver and pry the connector free from the secured point behind the bumper. Then once we have access to the connector, we'll need to remove the weather cap. To do that, we'll press in the locking tab and pull it out from the connector.

We'll go ahead and check the mating surface to make sure it's clean and free from any dirt, dust, or corrosion buildup. Once we've done that, I recommend to use some Dielectric Grease on this connection point. We'll be using the Edelman Dielectric Grease, part number 11755. Now with our Dielectric Grease on and the connector ready, we'll go ahead and plug in the new tow-ready harness. We'll make sure we firmly press it into place, and that it locks into position.

We'll also secure the 4-pole harness here to the hitch, and now we're ready to secure our wiring harness. Using some black zip ties, we'll go ahead and secure the connector and wiring behind the bumper, and then we'll go ahead and cut off the excess from the zip ties to clean up our install look. Now that we've completed installing our new 4-pole harness, we'll go ahead and check it with a test light. To do that, we'll take the ground clamp and put it on the ground stud of the 4-pole connector, which will test the ground circuit, and then we'll run through the lighting sequence, checking the running, left blinker, right blinker, and brake connection points. And with that done, this will complete our installation and testing of the tow-ready custom fit vehicle wiring 4-pole connector, part number 118241, on our 1999 Ford Ranger..

Customer Reviews

Tow Package Wiring Harness with 4 Pole Trailer Connector - 118241

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (124 Customer Reviews)

Tow Ready Tow Package Replacement Vehicle Wiring Harness by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese
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by: Don M.05/18/2015

Received the wrong wiring harness from another site so I decided to try etrailer. They had the correct harness and I received it quickly. Site is easy to use. Overall a very good experience. 194131


No problems or issues to report...

George D - 05/26/2016

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PETER G - 09/28/2015

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by: Mikel C.07/08/2015

Fit exactly as specified and shown. Glad for the images to confirm what we were looking for was a match! 210200


Still working great a year later!

Mikel C - 07/07/2016

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by: Jim P.05/03/2013

This was a very easy install on my 2001 explorer. Just watched the video first 78895


I only use them a couple times a years, still work fine.

Jim P - 06/05/2014

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by: Mike V10/12/2015

Product was exactly as advertised, VERY easy to install. Plug and play. Sadly, I needed to buy a converter, because there was no power coming to the factory tow wires on my 99 Ford Explorer Sport; which rendered the product I purchased useless. Very disappointing, but not eTrailer's fault. I guess there was a short in the wiring on my truck somewhere. Oh well D: Overall, great site, great service, great products. Despite my sob story, I had a great experience here, and would definitely buy from here again. Thanks guys! 229814

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by: Rick M.12/11/2013

Harness came quickly and appears to be OEM harness as described. Original harness connection was behind the left tail lite. Capsule was removed (two screws at top of tail-lite). Connection was done and cable routed and positioned under bumper in less than 5 minutes. I presume the old harness had some corrosion as this did the trick. I did purchase a flexible cable protector to put around the harness wiring to prevent damage. It took me longer to write this review than it did to fix my problem. 109950


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

-- Patrick B - 12/12/2013

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by: roger02/02/2017

got a reciever hitch for a 99 ford explorer and wiring adapter. everything needed except spanners/ wrenches was there . very clear simple instructions. fitted it this morning took 30 mins 6.30 to 7.00 before going to work . everything fitted and holes in frame were where the instructions said they would be. i have fitted many hitches and this was by far the easiest. wiring adapter plugged straight in. Full marks Etrailer I will be back for more stuff. Roger O AKA (Greywollfe) 339879

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by: Terry Brown07/26/2013

The product ordered is a "trailer tow wiring harness" used for a 1995 Ford Explorer so that the unusual connector Ford used can connect to a 4 prong flat (common trailer connector). The correct item was sent quickly and the order process was simple and straight forward. Notification of order acceptance, preperation, and shipping were sent by e-mail and they were posted promptly. The service could not have been better 91799

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by: Susan H.01/25/2011

The website is very easy to use. The video showing how to install the wiring assembly was very helpful for both showing me how to do it myself and for convincing me that it was the correct part. Well done! Your follow through was also exceptional. You told me and showed me where it was and when it would arrive, a great help. The part came today and I have already installed it! Thank you very much! 6101

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by: John11/18/2014

Product fit was spot on. Comunications were flawless. Transaction was excellent. The shipping was right on schedule and I was in need of this as I had a job on the day after my item arrived. I had a scheduled delivery of a custom MC in another state. Thanks for company and its dedecation to the customer. Rate these guys A+++++++++++++++++ 161500

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by: Ed H12/09/2014

Plug and play. Ford made hooking up trailer lights for the Explorer easy. If you have this harness kit, just unhook the left rear taillight, pull it out, plug this into the connector that's on your truck's wiring, and you are done. Beginning to end, it takes about three minutes to wire your truck for trailer lights with this. 163803

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by: Ron W.10/15/2013

I bought this harness for my 99' Explorer and it worked beautifully, plug right in on driver side rear inside tail light to connect to my tow lights or trailer. The harness is long enough the reach the center of the bumper with out a problem. Great shipping price and time, only 5 days to get to Alaska great job!!!! 103864

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by: Anthony J11/17/2016

118241 Had to replace? not sure just wasn't making good connection, reordered it from e trailer just last month. Everything else still in great working order! Trailer wiring to battery needs to be change, the battery negative post area has accelerated corrosion where the wires are hooked to battery post. 317484

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by: Keith H.06/22/2016

This product was so easy to install its crazy..just find the factory hook up ,,( on my suv ,it was under the left tail light) and plug it up. run the wires to determined location near rear bumper. your done... SO EASY!!!!! NO cutting wires and playing the wire games. I highly recommend this product.. 263705

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by: VpatS06/08/2012

I'm really excited about this product, the old Ranger I got for the boy has the matching plug up under the bed, it looks to be of high quality and I was not looking forward to splicing wires on this installation. This will solve that issue. I am very pleased to have run across this wiring solution. 43363

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by: Jay Are08/08/2014

Product works as advertised, plugged right in to stock harness. Last time I checked for a previous Mountaineer I owned 5 years ago, the Ford dealer wanted about $30 for the same part. Also included were two wire ties which was nice even though I have my own. Will do business here again. 145258

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by: Ronnie & Anne05/05/2017

We bought a utility trailer and needed a wiring harness to hook up the lights. Going thru your company we saved a good bit of money. The product arrived on time and worked perfectly. The trailer passed inspection with flying colors!! We would recommend etrailer to anyone! Thank you! 376716

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by: Rick B.05/22/2008

Very easy to install. Product is very easy to install if you have the towing package but it is not very long. You will need a long cable on your trailer or get an extension. It only reachs the bumper on my Explorer. Maybe the length should be stated in the product description. 898

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by: Twork2806/29/2013

So glad to have found this. I have a female connector that came with my 2000 Explorer. The trailer "professionals" in my area only knew about an adapter kit (4X the cost and a lot more DIY time). This installed as easily as plugging in a lamp. Two minute install time. 86701

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by: thomas d.05/10/2011

I was most satisfied with the prompt service I recieved from my order. the product I recieved was exactly what was described and was on my doorstep in two days of placing my order with no extra shipping charges. great company to do business with, once again thanks. 13276

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by: Ben C.04/20/2015

Plugged right into factory tow package. Installation instructions direct Explorer owners are instructed to use right side (passenger) plug, but it is actually the left side (driver) plug. Other than that, very easy installation that took no more than 5 minutes. 186633

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by: Matt H04/29/2015

Works perfect. Went to the local auto store and bought a generic trailer wiring kit for $30. Saw the plug adapter under my bumper, searched online, and found the exact fit plug for the adapter at half the price - delivered. Just plugged it in and on my way. 188779

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by: Herve D.10/12/2013

I could not find this set of wires at local trailer stores, where the employees sent me to a couple of stores and sold me the wrong set of wires before I gave up and ordered on line. The order was shipped immediately, even though it was Sunday. 103621

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by: James03/02/2016

Did just what I needed it to do. Easy to install, been using it regularly on RV and Utility Trailer. I am planning to buy another for my E150 Van. I hope the purchase and installation will be as simple as my earlier purchase. 239201



James - 03/02/2017

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by: Dan W.11/16/2011

2001 Ford Explorer, from under truck look up at tail lamp assembly either side, pull red protective cap out dab a little dielectric grease plug harness in secure with a few cable ties your ready to go. Great product great service. 27013

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by: Brad B.02/15/2017

Wiring Harness was delivered on schedule. Was a "snap" to connect to existing wiring coupler--plenty long--and works perfectly. 100% content with this purchase, price, and ability now to light and signal utility trailers. 342288

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by: Steve10/13/2015

Ordered the part I needed item# 118241 and etrailer delivered, top notch service from start to finish. Installed it and I was pulling my trailer moments later via 1998 Explorer, hauling the tree limbs I cut down. 229906

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by: Lee09/11/2015

The product was exactly as they described. I simply plugged it in my vehicle's built in wiring harness. Very easy to do. The only thing it does not have is a mounting bracket for attaching to the bumper. 225050

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by: Don S01/12/2017

good product works good biggest drawback, which isn't a big problem, is that it doesn't fit the origonal metal mounting bracket and I didn't check to see if there was an optional bracket that fits this. 331911

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by: Dakota J12/12/2016

Product did exactly as advertised. The instructions on it's use were very thorough and understandable. Doing business with this company in my favor and I intend to buy from them again in the future. 324436

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by: Mark D.01/30/2017

Ease of shopping and ordering was a plus. Have not installed the harness yet as the vehicle is in another state. If anything else is required for my trailer needs I will come here first. 336726

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by: C. Woodley01/13/2014

Awesome product! Local trailer and hitch shop tried to sell me a powered kit for $50.00! Did a little research and bought this plug. Installation took 5 minutes. Thanks a Bunch! 112676

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by: Bob G11/26/2013

Product was exactly how described, and worked great. Also best price I was able to find, and the length of the wire was perfect for my application. Satisfied customer here. 108571

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by: Richard Abraham12/29/2010

Eliminate me having to wire the car for towing. Looks like it should work fine. If it does not you will hear from me after I try to install it. Thanks for your quick shipping. 4773

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by: Thad A.05/25/2011

Boy am I glad your site suggested this harness. Found the plug before ordering per the video and when it came it was an easy plug in, zip tie and I was ready to go. Thanks! 15396

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by: Dan B.05/11/2012

The items arrived on the same day we were told they would. They were exactly what we wanted and I was able to install the hitch and adapter in 10 minutes. It was great!. 40176

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by: Dave09/16/2008

Great Fit 1998 Explorer Was the exact plug I needed. Slid right in and worked perfectly. Used with magnetic holder and had plenty of wire to connect to my utility trailer. 1289

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by: Frank B05/13/2011

Great product, instructions indicated factory harness was on the right side of my 98 Explorer but was actually on the drivers side below bumper. Will buy again from. 13752

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by: Rick S.10/25/2016

Product arrived quickly, installed easily and has performed flawlessly. What more could you ask? Thanks for a great product and great service. 310593

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by: Mark M04/07/2011

Having an older SUV it was good to find a on stop resource that carried the proper wiring harness and parts needed for my project. Fast and secure shipping. 11250

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by: John W07/25/2016

Was as simple as instructed! 10 minute install! Returned the Hopkins wiring kit that I had bought. This product was a 1/3 of the price & easier to install! 276142

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by: Michael J Fiume08/20/2014

Thank You, Very easy to locate and Install Just as you told me. I would Highly Recommend Etrailer to Everyone, Thank You, Michael J Fiume 147726

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by: Rick-Tampa Fl09/05/2014

On time delivery and communicating was a pleasure. Highly advise using etrailer as I will again in the future! Love it when a transaction goes smoothe!! 150202

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by: dbatch171504/16/2014

This connector fit right into the factory supplied port with no problems at all. This was the easiest trailer wiring product that I ever encountered. 125364

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by: Mark J.12/10/2016

Product arrived on time and works as advertised. Service was fast and staff were courteous. Will definitely do business with again. 323904

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by: Ed T.09/26/2014

The wiring harness for my '98 Ford Ranger arrived in a timely fashion. The installation was very strait forward and the harness worked great. 153191

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by: JIM G.05/23/2017

Have not towed with it yet but so far so good. Install was pretty easy . The instructions could be a little better but get the point across. 384031

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by: John M05/08/2014

Took less than five minutes to install......perfect fit. Glad I ordered it from your company as opposed to generic harness from parts store. 129692

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by: Matt E05/11/2011

Great product, took about 10 seconds to hook up, and works great. A lot easier than trying to splice the wires in with a universal plug. 13349

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by: Terry in Ellijay10/24/2012

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • You're correct, the connector you found under the truck sure looks like it would fit, but I can't confirm the fit of the # 118241. I spoke with my contact in the Tech Services department at Tow Ready, he believes that before 1995, that connector you found was pinned out differently. If that's the case, the # 118241 won't work for your vehicle. I'd recommend you use the # C55324, which is a confirmed fit.
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  • Can 1997 Ford Explorer with Bumper Mounted Hitch Ball Tow a 1,000 lb Trailer
  • You should have no problem at all towing that trailer. A bumper mounted hitch ball typically has a capacity of 350 lbs tongue weight/ 3500 lbs towing, which is well above the 1000 lbs your trailer weighs. Just for safety's sake, I'd recommend you confirm the bumper's capacity by checking with your owner's manual. A trailer of that size would likely use a standard 4-pole trailer connector. If your Explorer does not already have a trailer connector, you can install one using part # 118345,...
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  • Installing 4-Way Wiring Harness On 1995 Ford Explorer
  • The wiring harness for your 1995 Ford Explorer should be on the passenger side of the vehicle behind the bumper. This harness should have a cap on it you can remove and then plug the harness designed for your vehicle, part # 118241 right into it. The harness you found may not be the correct one. Per the instructions for the # 118241, you will find the connector on the passenger side behind the bumper for an Explorer. When working with electrical connectors I recommend using dielectric...
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  • Installing Wiring Harness on 1999 Ford Explorer with Factory Tow Harness
  • If your 1999 Ford Explorer came equipped with a factory wiring harness, then the part you referenced, Tow Ready # 118241 is a correct fit. The round plug on this plug-and-play 4-pole harness connects to a matching round plug on the vehicle. While there could be multiple plugs on the vehicle only one will carry the lighting signals for a trailer. You can use a tester like # 40376 to probe the wires on the vehicle plugs while the turn signals and lights are engaged. Once you confirm the...
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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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  • Troubleshooting Running Lights Not Working on Trailer Wiring of 1999 Ford Ranger
  • For your 1999 Ford Ranger the # 118241 is a confirmed fit. If that is what you have installed on yours and the running lights aren't working the first thing you will want to do is test the pin with the brown wire behind it on the 4-way for voltage when the headlights or running lights are on. I attached a video that details how to do this. If there is voltage there then the problem is on the trailer. Make sure that the trailer side connector are clean and free of corrosion inside...
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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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  • 4-Way Trailer Wiring Harness For 1994 Ford Explorer
  • I called my contact at the manufacturer and the connector you sent the photo of sure looks like the mate for the Tow Package Wiring Harness, part # 118241. Since the # 118241 was designed to fit Explorers from 1995 and up, they may possibly have used the connector earlier. You can do some testing of the wires to see if this will work. You will need a circuit tester like part # 3808. Test the pins I have noted on the attached photo. Have someone sit in the front and run through the functions...
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  • How to Determine if a 1998 Ford Explorer has the Automatic Ride Control Feature
  • The easiest way to determine if your 1998 Ford Explorer has the factory air leveling system (automatic ride control) is to call a Ford dealer and have them look up the VIN in their computer system to see how that vehicle was equipped. If the system is supposed to work automatically then I would think that you would have heard an on-board air compressor kick on at some point to level the vehicle. You also may want to check the vehicle owners manual because sometimes they will list the...
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