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Wiring Installation Instructions for Hopkins LED-Compatible Tail Light Converter # HM48895

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This kit 48895 says the Red wire is for the Brake circuit. Which wire does it connect to?

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The trailer wiring harness you referenced, Hopkins # HM48895, is intended for vehicles that use LED taillights which draw relatively little power as compared to standard incandescent lights. I do not believe that your 1995 Ford Explorer came equipped with LED-type lighting and this harness is not among those recommended for your vehicle.

The red wire on this harness does connect to the brake light circuit as you noted in the instructions. You can identify which wire at your Explorer's driver-side taillight assembly carries this brake light signal by testing with a circuit tester like # PTW2993 while a helper steps on the brake. The wire that carries a signal only when the brake pedal is pressed is the correct wire to splice to the harness' red wire.

For reference, the link provided will show you all 4-pole trailer wiring harnesses that are recommended for your truck. You can use the drop-down menu box at the top of the page to select the vehicle style that applies to your Explorer and you'll then see harnesses that will work for you.

I have also linked an article with helpful troubleshooting tips for 4-pole installations.

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