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Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2016 Ford Edge

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How to Install the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2016 Ford Edge


Speaker 1: Today on this 2016 Ford Edge, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins custom taillight wiring kit for towed vehicles, part number HM56011.Here's what it looks like with our towed vehicle wiring installed. We have our brake lights running right now and you can see that it's utilizing our factory brake light and turn signal on our vehicle. Also, what's great about this is that this plugs into our vehicle's existing wiring with no cutting or splicing required. So we don't need to worry about voiding the warranty on our new vehicle. Another great feature about this wiring harness is that there's diodes built into it. So we don't have to worry about power from our motor home going to our lights and then being backfed into our vehicle's expensive electrical components.

This will prevent any damage from occurring.What's really cool about this is once we arrive at our destination and unhook from our motor home, we can simply unplug it. We don't have to worry about flipping any switches or anything. Our factory lights will still work as normal. One thing that I really like about this since we're utilizing our factory lights, we don't have to worry about using magnetic tow lights on our vehicle and potentially scratching the paint if they fall off. Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get them installed.To begin our install, we're going to open our rear hatch.

Now we need to remove our taillight assemblies. Now in order to do that, there's this cover here. You need to pop this out. We use a flathead screwdriver to come underneath and to pull out the cover. Behind the cover we find the one screw that holds our taillight assembly in place.

It's a Torx screw, but you can also use a flathead screwdriver on it as well if you don't have a Torx screwdriver. Be careful not to drop the screw down inside, because it will fall and go behind the fascia and be difficult to get out.Now we'll grab our taillight assembly and pull it towards the rear of the vehicle. Now we need to unplug our taillight. That's this connector right here. There's a tab right here.

You push on that connector and tab. We can pull the connector apart, just like that. Here's the tab right here.Now in order to get room for our wires to pass through behind our fascia. We're going to grab our fascia right next to the hatch opening here and we'll pull back to unclip it. Now we'll repeat the same process for our passenger side.Now we'll take something to use as a pull wire. We're using a piece of air line tubing. You can also use a piece of string with a nut tied on the end of it like a plumb bob. Just something that'll fall down behind. We'll go behind the fascia. And here's where our pull wire comes down behind our fascia. We'll now take our connector in here with the yellow wire. This is the short connector off of our converter box here and we'll tape this securely to the end of our pull wire. Now we'll pull our connector up behind our taillight.With the pull wire removed, we can now match up the female end to the male end on the vehicle. And we'll just push firmly til it locks into place. Now we'll push our fascia back in place. And we'll plug in our taillight assembly now. Now we'll unclip our factory connector from the side of the vehicle. This way we can push the wires down including our new connector here. And we'll have room to install our taillight assembly now.We routed our connector for the passenger side over to the passenger side by going over our exhaust pipe on the drivers side. And then we went behind this plastic panel here, that has the heat shield on it. This will protect our wiring and keep it hidden behind the vehicle. It comes over here, outside of there, and here's our pull wire that we dropped down. So we'll pull our wires up behind our taillight on the passenger side now. Now we'll match up our female connector on our wiring harness with the male connector on our vehicle. Push until it locks into place. And we'll plug our taillight into the other end of our wiring harness.We'll unclip our harness from the vehicle, just like we did on the driver's side to make more room for our wires. And we'll place the connectors down inside as well as our wires. And reinstall our taillight assembly.Now our wiring end with the four pole connector on it. We routed that towards the front of the vehicle, making sure we avoided any moving parts or sources of heat. So it goes here. We have it secured to the exhaust hanger here with a zip tie. It goes above our rear sub frame now. It comes out to the side of our fuel tank, goes above our filler neck. At the front of the fuel tank, it goes underneath this plastic fabric panel. We have it secured to this part of the vehicle right here with a zip tie. Just so our wires don't fall down and they're not visible underneath the vehicle. It follows this panel. Where it exits, we have it zip tied to a bracket that holds our fuel lines in place. Just want to point out that you want to zip tie to the bracket and not around the fuel lines since they are nylon and the zip tie could wear through them over time.It goes up, we have it zip tied to our transmission shift cable there on the outer sleeve. That part does not move. And this will keep it away from our vehicle's drive shaft since it is all wheel drive and away from our exhaust. And then it goes into the engine compartment.Okay here's where our wiring harness comes into our engine bay. Next to our battery, we have it secured to the wiring harness there. Now we brought this up the same way we brought out connectors up. We used a pull wire to bring it inside the engine compartment.Now we need to get our four pole connector to the front of our vehicle. In order to do that, we're going to take this panel off so we can route the wires underneath it. To take the panel off, we have several push pin fasteners like this. The way these work, there's a center section. You can use a flathead screwdriver or a trim panel tool, pop that center section up. Then you can get underneath the entire pin and pry that up and the whole thing comes out. Okay with all those fasteners removed, we can just lift up on the panel and we'll set it aside.Now where our grill attaches to our core support. We have six 10 millimeter fasteners to remove. Now we're going to remove the top two bolts on our drivers side headlight. We won't be able to remove the headlight assembly since there is another fastener behind the fascia. But this will allow us to pivot some out of the way to get some more room. So there's two 10 millimeter fasteners, one on each corner. Now we'll feed our four pole connector underneath the headlight area. Now we'll pull back on our grill here and we'll drop our connector down behind it.Now we're going to remove this plastic panel that goes to your fascia and underneath to our sub frame. We'll have several five and a half millimeter fasteners like this one. We'll have a couple plastic fasteners like we had up top. And we'll also have a few seven millimeter fasteners as well. Okay we'll take this down and set it aside.Now underneath that panel, we have a fabric air dam here. There's a plastic fastener on each side and a couple five and a half millimeter screws that we can remove. Once you have that removed, it'll fold back and we have access to our wiring. Now our white wire that comes off of our four pole connector with this ring terminal. We need to attach this to your vehicle's sheet metal. This way it'll provide a ground signal so our lights will work properly. We're just going to go to this cross member here, where our plastic panel attach to. This won't get in the way and it's a perfect spot. And we'll use the provided self tapping screw to secure it into place.We went ahead and routed our four pole connector through our fascia from the bottom. At this point, we could reinstall all of our panels if we just wanted to have a four pole connector to run our trailer lights. But our customer already has a six pole connector install. This six round connector we can hook our wiring into that connector as well. He can still has his charge line that will power his braking system. And we only have one electrical connection between our vehicles. So that's what we're going to do.We're going to cut off our four pole flat. And we'll pull out our slack on our wires now. We'll now separate our three wires here. Our ground wire was already separated and that's the white wire. Now we'll remove our connector from our base plate. All right we put some wire loom over our wires. So we won't have any colored wires visible behind our fascia. Now we'll slide back our dust cover here on our six way connector. We'll slide our wires through the back of it. And we'll cut off our excess wires. And we'll strip back the insulation from each wire.We'll also slide our white wire through our dust cover and we'll strip back some insulation from that wire. Now we'll start making our electrical connections. The white wire, that's our ground that'll go to the terminal marked GD on our connector. Once the wires inserted, we'll tighten the set screw. Now we'll do our taillights. That goes to terminal marked TM and that gets our brown wire. Now we'll do our left turn signal. It's also our left brake light. That gets our yellow wire. It goes to terminal marked LT. That leaves us with our right turn signal and right brake light and that's our green wire. That goes to terminal marked RT. Here's what it looks like with all of our connections made to the front of our vehicle.Now we'll take some dielectric grease and we'll smear it inside our connector. And this will help prevent any corrosion from occurring, if water was to get inside. Now we'll slide our dust cover back over our connector. Now we'll secure our dust cover to our electrical connector using some electrical tape. We'll also cover up the rest of our wires, so we don't have any colored wires behind our fascia, giving us a nice clean look. And we'll reinstall our connector.Now we'll go ahead and reinstall all of our panels. Okay now we have our edge hooked up to a tester. You can also hook up to your motor home in order to test this out. We're going to make sure we run through all of our functions and make sure everything's working properly. We'll start by turning on our taillights. And as you can see both of those are working properly. Now we'll do our left turn signal and check that one out. That one's working great as well. Now we'll try out our brake lights. You'll notice both of our brake light are working properly. Now we'll check with our right turn signal and see if that's working. That's working too, so we have everything working properly and we're ready to hit the road.And that completes our look at and installation of the Hopkins custom taillight wiring kit for towed vehicles, part number HM56011 on this 2016 Ford Edge.


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