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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2005 Ford Escape

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How to Install a Wiring Harness for a Trailer on a 2005 Ford Escape

Today we are going to install part number 40455 from Hoppe. We are going to install this on a 2005 Ford Escape. This particular vehicle has a tow package. Not all vehicles come with a tow package but this one does so we will show you what to look for if yours does. To find the Tow Package port it is on this bracket facing the inside of the bumper. It is a pain to see so you have to kinda feel around for it while looking for it. You pull it loose then remove this little cap here. Then our part comes with a little bit of dielectric grease. Go ahead and squirt some of that on the plug. It will not take much just put a little bit on. Then you can press it back together. Then the rest of this will go out to your hitch. At that point take your excess wire and zip tie it to whatever you can behind the bumper. Leave what you need out for your trailer hitch. I like to leave it right by the chain here and zip tie it behind this bracket here. That way if you ever need excess it will be easy to get too.

All we do is run this wire around the bracket here and make it go back against it self with the excess and just use the zip tie to hold it into place. Then further up the line there is a hole on the bracket we can use to zip tie that. To keep that from moving around also. Also to protect the terminals it might be a good idea to add some dielectric grease in there as well. Just a little dab not too much. You can wrap it 2 times around the chain holder if you need too. There you have it for part number 40455 from Hoppe.



I bought this part and hooked it up just as shown but I am getting no power to the harness. I checked for power at all points and no power, i notice in my fuse box there is a fuse for trailer lights but it does not have an option to put a 15 amp fuse in. I am confused. It's like my car came with the tow package wire but they forgot to add it in the fuse box. Any ideas? Thank you. It's a 2006 Ford Escape

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


Do you for sure if your 2006 Ford Escape has the factory tow package? Sometimes parts of the tow package wiring will exist even if the vehicle isn't equipped with the tow package. In your case you'll need a wiring kit that fits models without the factory tow package which for you I recommend the T-One # 118426.

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