Will the Hands Free Liftgate Work on a 2016 Ford Explorer after Hitch Install


I have a 2016 Ford Explorer XLT with a hands free liftgate that is activated by swiping your foot under the rear bumper. Do you know if the hands free feature will still work with the trailer hitch installed?


Expert Reply:

With the installation of a trailer hitch on your 2016 Ford Explorer like the part # 76034 that you referenced you will still be able to use the hands free liftgate option, but you will need to kick your foot to the sides of the trailer hitch between the exhaust and the hitch opening.

I attached an install video for this hitch for you to check out as well.

If you wanted to do some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8 inch ball, 2 inch ball, hitch pin with clip, and a storage bag.

If the ball mount kit does not include a ball mount with the right rise or drop to tow the trailer level, check out the link I have included that explains how to measure to choose a ball mount to tow the trailer level.

For trailer wiring you would want the part # 118540.

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