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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation on a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox Without Factory Tow Package

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I have a 2010 Equinox with out the tow package but I found the connector in the left rear panel of the vechicle but no power to turn signals with key on, checked the fuses under the hood for turn signals both fuses are there but no power on eather side of fuses can you help me? Thank you

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I spoke with a local Chevrolet dealer and activating the tow package on your 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is more involved than having the fuses in place. They said depending on your specific vehicle, a few additional components may need to be added and the vehicle computer may need to be re-programmed for the tow package to work. The wiring harness, # 118264, that you referenced is designed to work with vehicles that already have the factory tow package.

Instead, I would recommend looking at the Tow Ready Circuit Protected Modulite harness, # 118494. This wiring harness will plug into the connection points on your tail light assemblies and the powered converter will protect your vehicles electrical systems from shorts or mis-wire situations on a trailer. The power wire for the converter will connect to the positive terminal of the vehicle battery. I have attached an installation video as well as an article on tips for running a power wire.

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