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Is a Brake Light Relay Required for Installation of Flat Towing Lighting on a 2013 Lincoln MKX

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I plan to install a Hopkins Custom Tail light wiring kitHM56002 on my 2013 Lincoln MKX. I also use a Brake Buddy Vantage Select braking system in my Lincoln when I tow it, Do I need to also install Road Master Brake-lite Relay kit on my 2013 Lincoln? Thanks

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The Hopkins Tow Bar lighting kit part # HM56002 has been confirmed as a fit for your 2013 Lincoln MKX so it would work well for you.

To determine if a brake light relay # RM-88400 is needed to properly wire your vehicle to be towed, answer the following questions.

Are you using a supplemental braking system that depresses the brake pedal in your towed car?

No - You do not need a brake light relay.

Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.

Do the brake lights on your towed car illuminate while the engine is off?

No - You do not need a brake light relay.

Yes - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.

Do your towed car's brake lights act as both the brake signals and the turn signals?

No - You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.

Yes - Your towed car has a combined lighting system. You will need a brake light relay to ensure proper activation of its signal lights.

Does your towed car have separate brake lights and turn signals?

No - Your towed car has a combined lighting system. You will need a brake light relay.

Yes - Your towed car has a separate lighting system. You may need a brake light relay. Continue on to the next question.

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