Hopkins Trailer Connector Socket Installation - 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

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How to Install the Hopkins Trailer Connector Socket on a 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Today on our 2019 Chevy Colorado, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the seven and four pole trailer connector socket with mounting bracket.Now, this is what our plug looks like installed. It's really nice because you get a two for one package, and what I mean by that is not only do you have your seven-way plug . on the bottom is also your four-way plug.It even offers that nice factory look. It literally just pops right into place into a factory hole. Now, the caps are spring loaded which means it will keep them closed when you want them closed and open when you want them open. On the seven-way, you have this retainer clip here to help your wire from accidentally pulling out.On both sides on the four-way cap and the seven-way, there is a weatherproof seal.

And that'll help keep your connections dry and clean. This is going to give you all your necessary trailer functions. It even has little wiring diagrams on each cap that may help you diagnose any issues you might have in the future.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation, we're going to remove this dummy plug here. To do that, we'll just push in on the silver tabs.

You can do it with your hand or a screwdriver.Once you have them pushed in, it just simply pushes out the other side. We're going to be hooking our harness up to these factory wires. So just to make it a little easier to work with, we're going to go ahead and pull this wiring away. It'll just give us a little more room.Went ahead and cut this electrical tape and pushed it all back to give me a little more room and separate the wires. And now we're going to have to cut all these black heat shrinks off and strip all the wires to prepare them for our new 00:02:01 butt connectors.Now with our wires stripped back and exposed, you can go ahead and put some butt connectors on it.

The kit does come with butt connectors. However, we're going to be using the button connectors with heat shrink. And you can find these on etrailer.com. We like to use the heat shrink because this'll be outside. It just helps keep it a little more protected from the elements.Now we can take our new wiring harness and start to connect it to our butt connectors.

The first wire we'll hook up will be the blue wire from the harness to the factory blue wire. And that'll be for electric trailer brakes if we ever use them.Our next wire we'll hook up will be the white wire coming from our new harness. We will hook that to the factory black wire, and that'll be for our ground. Our next wire . we'll take the black wire from our new harness and we will hook that to the factory orange wire. And that'll be our 12 volt power source.We'll then take our brown wire from our new harness and connect that to the brown wire from our factory harness. We then can take our green from the new harness and put that to the green factory wire.Next is yellow from the new one. And then we'll actually go to the gray wire coming out of our factory harness. And lastly, our red wire from our new harness . that will actually go to our yellow wire from our factory harness.All right, now with everything hooked up we can use our heat gun to heat up our heat shrink. All right, we went ahead and just wrapped everything up with some electrical tape just to provide a little extra protection. Once we have that done, we can take our end and we'll run it through our hole. The outside . that way we can plug our connector in. Once we have it plugged in, we can come back and zip tie up all this excess wire.All right, here's our connector hanging through that hole. Here's our plug. Now, the plug does come pre-installed with dielectric grease. However, we added some more. It's not a bad idea. But to plug it in, it's pretty straight forward. You simply line these notches up, plug it in. You'll hear it click. And then this white thing is a lock. Push that down and that locks it into place.Once you got that done, we can put it in place. Now, the connection side is always going to face up so your seven-way connector will be at the top. This is really easy. You just push it in, you hear it click into place, and that's it.Here we kind of looped up some of our excess wire and zipped tied it to keep it in place. From there, you just make sure it's plugged in, test it out, and if it works you're ready to hit the road.And that'll do for our look and installation of the seven and four pole trailer connector socket on our 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.

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