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Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter w Hardwire Kit and Tester - 4-Pole Flat

Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter w Hardwire Kit and Tester - 4-Pole Flat

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CURT Trailer Wiring - C59496

  • Trailer Connectors
  • Vehicle End Connector
  • 4 Flat
  • Plug and Lead
  • 0 - 5 Feet Long
  • CURT


  • Adapts separate turn and stop lights (3-wire system) to a (2-wire system) on trailer
  • Works with domestic and import vehicles
  • Virtually eliminates draw on vehicle tail light circuit
  • Potted enclosure resists water and vibration
  • Protects against overvolt, ESD, and short-circuits
  • No HD flasher required
  • Battery powered and circuit protected
  • Surface Mount Technology (SMT)
  • Does work with vehicles that have LED tail lights
    • Will work with trailers that have LED tail lights
  • Includes a powered converter wiring kit, a circuit tester, and (4) Quick splices to aid in installation
    • Also includes 4-pole trailer connector cover
  • One-Year Limited Warranty


  • Pigtail length: 17" long
  • 4-Pole trailer connector length: 58" long from converter box
  • Amperage allowance:
    • 3.0 amps per turn/brake
    • 6.0 amps for taillight function

Warning: Overloading circuit can cause fires. Do not exceed product rating or tow vehicle's lamp load rating, whichever is lower. Read vehicle owner's manual and instruction sheet for additional information.

Surface Mount Technology (SMT) is a method for constructing electrical circuits where components are mounted onto the surface of printed circuit boards.

56496 Curt Circuit Protected Powered Converter w/ SMT

55151 Powered Converter Wiring Kit

48705 Circuit Tester

Replaces 56146KIT

Installation Details C59496 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

Customer Reviews

Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter w Hardwire Kit and Tester - 4-Pole Flat - C59496

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (38 Customer Reviews)

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2005 Volvo XC70

I installed this in about 1 hour mostly reading and discovering which wires to use. I went and tested on a standard trailer and all the lights work as expected. With the battery in the back of the Volvo xc70 2005 I didn't have to run the wire to the front so it was even easier to install than most vehicles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Very happy with the trailer hitch and 4-way tail light converter for my 2004 Mercedes SLK 320. I never thought anyone would make one for a sports car, but etrailer does and it works perfectly. I found the etrailer hitch on the "SLK World" website, where other SLK owners have also installed it, and would recommend going there if you have an SLK.

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2008 Lincoln Town Car

The trailer lighter converter doesn't seem to work the brake lights after installation. I will be contacting customer service about this issue.

Before you test the harness with a circuit tester like item # PTW2992
LCD Digital Circuit Tester
can you please remove the fuse on the power wire for 30 minutes, then reinstall it. This fuse should be located close to the vehicle battery in a fuse box. If the powered converter box has engaged its circuit protection feature, this will reset the box unless it was overloaded and it was damaged.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/04/2022

I wish to apologize thinking there was an issue with the converter when there wasnt, the next day I did a check and because I infact thought I needed to connect the brake red wire directly to the brake switch and not the multi-purpose red and green wire on my 08 Lincoln. It works great when you wire it correctly.
-- comment by: Steven - 05/04/2022

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2012 Kia Sorento

The products I've gotten from here have been amazing

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Used this to remedy a bad Dodge ECM module that quit sending brake light signals thru the 7-way plug. Did some cutting and splicing of wires and went "old school" by connecting directly to tail-lights, then back through 7-way. Has worked flawlessly for over 2 seasons now!

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The Curt trailer hitch has been perfect- i also purchased the light system to connect to the trailer - it took me a whole day to install and i am thankful for the detailed videos for the hitch and lights. I only got help with the hitch when lifting it into position as i do not have a hitch jack. I think the hitch is top quality and I am confident to pull anything-

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2004 Dodge Sprinter

converter and flat 4 wiring was fine. for my application, the green RH turn signal wire was over 2 feet too short to cross from one tail light to the other. really, add 3 ft to the wire, much less hassle. the power wire from battery to converter is ALSO TOO SHORT, by more than 5 feet. Since that part of the kit is really only the fuse holder and the wire, this was a waste of money. NOT AT ALL WHAT I WOULD CALL A UNIVERSAL FIT.

This wiring harness part C59496 is considered a universal fit because it is not a plug and play custom fit application. It can be hardwired into many different vehicles. If you needed extra wire for your vehicle, I recommend part # DW02412-1
14 Gauge Primary Wire - Yellow - per Foot
for extra 14 gauge wire.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 10/27/2018

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2007 Volvo XC70

the kit of parts was complete, nothing missing or misfit. Instructions were great up to the end, took a little intuition for the final fuse hookup but overall a great product!

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2017 Mercury Tracer

Contains all you need to make this work. Used it on my 2017 GLE350 that has LED tail lights using combined brake and signal lights. Figuring out the correct wires to connect to was a bit trial and error. Running the wire from the module to the fuse box below the rear passenger seat took some time as well. But the setup works without a problem. Wires: Brake (red): connect to ground. Lights (brown): right tail light, white with blue tracer. Right turn: right tail light, gray/black wire Left turn: left tail light, gray/black wire. Ground: at rear of the car, between tail light and spare wheel well. 12V power: below rear passenger seat, using the big screw connector/cable visible there. Good luck!

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Awesome kit. Great videos showing installation. I’ll do it myself.

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Good value, fast service, met my needs perfectly

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2017 BMW X5

Easy to install. I routed the plug out through the taillight opening. I wrapped electrical tape around the wire where it would be touching the body when it came through the opening just to add a layer of protection against chafing. The test light supplied with the kit did not work. Luckily I had my own.

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2007 Volvo S60

This was the right wire harness for my 2007 Volvo S60 2.5T vehicle. It was simple to put on and works beautifully.

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No problems with one year of use. Lights still working on trailer perfectly.

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works perfectly easy to install

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette

Works as advertised, installed on my 1998 Corvette. Don't rely on double faced tape to secure the control module (don't ask me how I

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2006 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Very good service and very fast shipping

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It was exactly what I needed very good quality very easy to install contained everything I needed came promptly at a fair price for what I got....most important ....IT Worked ...etrailer gets high Mark's in ky book would definitely recomend ..

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2018 Honda Civic

Wonderful directions, and easy install. I have done this a few times many years ago, but I am not a electrician!!

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the receiver has worked well with no problems. I have not installed the air helpers because it would invalidate my warranty.

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Great customer service.

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2013 BMW X1

The best thing about etrailer is the support videos. The products are good but without the support.....

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Super easy to install and works great!

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It worked great after I got it installed but it is not easy to install in a Lexus SUV

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2003 Volvo XC70

Product is very well built it fit perfe ctly.

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Ask the Experts about this CURT Trailer Wiring

  • Will the Curt C59496 Also Work On Trailers with Incandescent Lights
    Yes. The Curt # C59496 will provide enough power for incandescent lights on a trailer without issues and is a confirmed fit on your 2015 Chevy Camaro.
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  • Installation of Wiring Harness on 2019 Hyundai Tucson
    The Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter # C59496 will splice into the wiring behind the tail lights on your 2019 Hyundai Tucson. You'll likely need to open the rear hatch of your Tucson to access the area behind the tail lights; there should be some screws that allow you to remove the tail light housing and access the wires you need to splice into. You will also need to run the included heavy gauge wire to the battery and connect via the included ring terminal....
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  • Trailer Wiring for 2009 Nissan Armada
    To add a 4-way to your 2009 Nissan Armada that does not have trailer towing package you'd want the 4-way kit part # C59496.
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  • Ground Wire Gauge of Curt Tail Light Converter
    The ground wire is 12 gauge for the Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter with Hardwire Kit and Tester - 4-Pole Flat # C59496.
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  • 2004 GMC Yukon 4-Way Trailer Wiring Recommendation
    Sounds like you are looking for a 4-way wiring harness for your 2004 GMC Yukon. The part # 41155 that you referenced will fit your truck if it has the round 7-way connector present behind the bumper. If you have no trailer wiring at all you instead would want the part # C59496. This is a hardwire kit that will fit your vehicle regardless of whether or not you have the round connector.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harnesses Require Splicing Into Tail Light Wiring on a 2004 Toyota Avalon
    The Hopkins trailer wiring harness # 46255 does fit the 2004 Toyota Avalon. This harness and the others that fit your vehicle, see link, all require splicing into the vehicle wiring for installation. I have included links to instructions and a link to a video showing another harness that fits your vehicle, # C59496.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Wiring Harness Shorting Out on a 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sport Wagon
    First thing you need to do is figure out where the short is on your 4x8 trailer and fix it before you install another wiring harness on your 2002 Subaru Impreza otherwise you will just fry another converter. That's why you are having problems, it has nothing to do with your vehicle. Once you get that situation figured out I would recommend you go with another Curt wiring harness. The correct one for your vehicle is part # C59496. The Curt units use a more modern circuit board than other...
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  • Can the 12 Volt Power Wire from a Trailer Wiring Harness Tap Into a 12 Volt Accessory Outlet
    I strongly recommend running the 12 volt power wire from the Curt Wiring Harness, # C59496, directly to the vehicle battery. The 12 volt accessory circuit was not designed to support the additional load of a trailer wiring harness. A wiring harness must have its own dedicated circuit directly to the battery. We have seen many instances where customers have tapped into a 12 volt accessory circuit, like a car lighter socket, and the harness failed. We have also seen instances where the accessory...
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  • 4-Way Trailer Wiring Recommendation for 2008 2500 Dodge Sprinter
    If you had a 7-way connector at the rear of your vehicle you would probably know it. It would be a black connector plastic connector like the picture I attached. If you have one then the # 118381 would work for you. If not, you would instead want the Curt Wiring Kit part # C59496.
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  • Recommended Trailer Wiring Harness for 2013 Jetta Sedan SE
    The # C59496 would work, however if it were my vehicle, I'd use the Tow Ready # 118572. Granted it's more expensive, but the 118572 uses connectors that plug inline with the junction between the taillight assemblies and the wiring harnesses feeding the taillights. You'd still need to run a power wire to the battery, but you wouldn't need to cut or splice into any of the vehicle wiring. Since the wire used in the taillight circuits of late model vehicles has become progressively smaller...
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  • Curt Trailer Wiring Harness part # 56146KIT Recommendation to Convert Separate Signal to Combined
    Yes there is, you would need to install the Curt Trailer Wiring harness part # C59496 on your ambulance and it will convert the separate trailer wiring to a combined signal that would work well on your trailer. I attached installation instructions and an install video that shows a typical installation to show you how to test the circuits and install this harness.
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2005 Cadillac SRX V8 Rear Wheel Drive
    We have some trailer wiring harnesses that have been confirmed to work with the 2005 Cadillac SRX, but they are all the universal hardwire kits, not T-connector style harnesses. For your SRX, we recommend installing the Curt Circuit Protected Tail Light Wiring Kit, # C59496. We have installed this harness on a 2004 SRX, so I attached the installation video for you to check out. I have also attached the installation instructions. The installation for the 2004 SRX will be the same for your...
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  • Trailer Wiring Recommendation for a 2006 Honda Element
    Since you have a 2006 Honda Element the port you are looking for behind the access panel you are trying to remove isn't there so there would be no reason to remove it. The harness # 118465 is not the correct harness for your vehicle as it would only fit the 2007-2011 models. You will need to use a hardwire trailer wiring kit part # C59496 which would not require you to get behind that panel. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out as well.
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  • Does 2006 Lincoln Town Car Need Trailer Wiring Harness with Power Ran From Battery
    Not all vehicles can handle the additional amperage draw of the trailer taillights on the vehicle taillight circuits. Those vehicles need setup that draws power from the battery. Some vehicles have higher rated circuits that can handle this, and others need to have the power drawn straight from the battery to protect the taillight circuits. For your 2006 Lincoln Town Car you need to install a harness that draws power from the battery to protect the taillight circuits. For that you would...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2016 Dodge Journey
    I have a trailer wiring harness I can recommend for your 2016 Dodge Journey, but it is not the part # 118536. Instead you would want the # C59496 as it has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. It is not a plug and play option though and will require some hardwiring.
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  • How To Install Trailer Wiring Harness on 2014 BMW X1
    The 2014 BMW X1 uses a multiplexed wiring system which means either the vehicle’s brake and tail functions are combined on one wire and the turn functions are on separate wires or the vehicle’s brake, tail and turn functions are combined on one wire. In order to determine which you have you will need to test for this with a circuit tester. Therefore, when installing a trailer wring harness like the Curt Upgraded Circuit Protected Powered Tail Light Converter part # C59496 you'd not connect...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
    I have a much easier trailer wiring solution for your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with the Tekonsha kit part # 118538 which plugs inline with the taillight connectors of the vehicle. I attached a link to the install instructions for this kit that shows exactly how it installs as well.
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  • Installation of Curt #C59496 Trailer Wiirng Harness on 2021 Genesis GV80
    You did indeed receive the correct parts. When we sell the Curt # C59496 powered taillight wiring converter we kit it together with the # 55151 power converter wiring kit. The wiring kit is used to run from the taillight converter box up to the positive battery terminal which provides power for the trailer taillights. The # C59496 wouldn't work without the wiring kit. I don't have a specific wiring diagram because the # C59496 is a universal fit product that fits hundreds of vehicles,...
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  • Curt Trailer Wiring Harness that Fits 2001 Volvo V70
    Curt did update their trailer wiring harness from the part number you mentioned now to the part # C59496 for your 2001 Volvo V70.
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  • Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness Installation on a 2012 Kia Sorento SX
    The installation for the Curt Trailer Hitch, # C13073, is somewhat easy if you have experience installing hitches or have basic mechanical abilities. The main obstacles that you will encounter during the installation is lowering the exhaust and trimming the heat shield. These steps are shown in the installation video that I have attached on a 2012 Kia Sorento. If your vehicle did not come with a factory tow prep package, then the trailer wiring harness for your vehicle is the Curt Wiring...
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  • Will the Curt Wiring Harness # C56175 Work on a 1999 Saturn SL2 with LED Tail Lights
    If your 1999 Saturn SL2 came with factory LED tail lights, then we do have a wiring harness that will work, however, the Curt Wiring Harness, # C56175, is not the correct wiring harness for you. Instead, you will need a wiring harness with a powered converter box like the Curt Powered Wiring Harness, # C59496. Vehicles that come with LED tail lights do not have enough power on the tail light circuits to power lights on a trailer. A wiring harness with a powered converter box is required...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness Availability for the 2012 Toyota Prius C
    I spoke with my contact at Curt and he told me that there is a wiring harness that is compatible with your 2012 Toyota Prius C, but the Curt T-Connector wiring harness, # C56156, will not fit your vehicle. This harness was only designed to fit the Prius V. For your Prius C, you will need the Curt Wiring Harness, # C59496. At this time there are no plug-in wiring harnesses available for your vehicle, so this harness will need to be hardwired. I have attached the installation instructions...
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  • Powered Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 1985 Peugeot 505 Sedan
    The correct powered wiring harness for your 1985 Peugeot 505 sedan is the Curt Powered Wiring Harness, # C59496. This is basically the same wiring harness as the # C56175 that you referenced except it has the additional power lead for the vehicle battery. The # C59496 is the harness that I would recommend for your vehicle. Using a powered converter box will keep the additional power draw off of your vehicles tail light circuits and will provide more power for trailer lights. This kit...
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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 taillight...
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