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4-Way Trailer Connector on 2002 Ford Ranger Does Not Fit Trailer Side 4-Way Connector

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i bought a used 2002 Ford Ranger with a trailer hitch and wiring. When I went to hook up the trailer connector to the truck connector they didnt match. They both seem to be the same type but they are the same size and wont fit together. Do I need an adapter? or what other solution do you advise?

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If the two connectors look exactly the same then they are not going to fit. They should be mirror opposites of each other. The vehicle side 4-Way, if they are 4-Ways, has 1 exposed pin and 3 covered pins. The trailer side with have 1 covered pin and 3 exposed pins like in the picture I have added.

the ideal solution is to get connectors that will work together. If your truck side is not as I have described then use # 118344 and plug it in line with the vehicle tail lights. If it is the trailer side that is not correct, cut off the old plug and replace it with # HM48110.

If the 2 connectors are correct but just will not fit together, some are manufactured slightly different and can take some persuasion to fit together. If you have different connectors or none of these solutions work then email me back some pictures of the connectors so I can make further recommendations.

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