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Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass Switch on a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox


Speaker 1: Today on this 2017 Chevrolet Equinox we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Fuse Master Fuse Bypass Switch for Towed Vehicles, part number RM-76517. Here's what our fuse bypass looks like installed. What this is going to allow us to do is not have to go underneath the hood every time we need to pull our ABS fuse for when we want to flat tow our vehicle safely.This fuse in here is the original ABS fuse, it's just been relocated. We have this solenoid here, which will cut off the flow of electricity into the vehicle itself. With a simple flip of the switch, we can disable the circuit with the solenoid and with a simple flip of the switch again, we can re-enable the circuit with the solenoid to put our vehicle back in normal driving mode. This saves you time and energy, and you don't have to worry about losing a fuse after you pull it, leaving yourself stranded on the side of the road.

Chevrolet requires this fuse to be pulled when you're flat towing, so this is the easiest way of doing it.For this particular flat tow setup, we used a Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, the Hopkins Custom Taillight Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, a Roadmaster Fuse Master Fuse Bypass, a Blue Ox Seven Wire to Six Wire Coil Cord Kit, a Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit, a Blue Ox Patriot Two Portable Braking System, and a Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar. Now, depending upon your application, you may or may not need a high-low adapter to ensure that your tow bar is level between your motor home and Equinox. We have many different options available for you on our website.Now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed. To begin our install, we need to remove this lower dash panel below our steering wheel. In order to do that, we can grab it at the top and just pull it away from our dash.

Additionally, we have three screws on the bottom that we need to remove. These are 7 millimeter screws. Now we'll grab the panel from the bottom and pull it away from the dash. We can let it hang down here.Now, on the back side of this dash panel there is some fabric insulation here. We're going to cut away this section right here because this is where we're going to have our switch come through the dash.

Let's take a utility knife and score it. Now we'll just pull this fabric away so we have clean exposed plastic right here. Okay, right here at the top corner about an inch away from our hood latch, we're going to drill a pilot hole. Now we'll use our pilot hole as a guide to enlarge the hole for the appropriate size for our switch, as indicated in the instructions.All right, with our hole enlarged to the appropriate size, we're going to take a utility knife and just kind of shave away here at these ribs so our switch has something to bite onto as we push it through the panel. Just want to have a flat surface around the hole.

We don't need to go too far away from it, just a little bit. That's probably good right there.Now take the end of our wire that doesn't have the switch on it, and we'll go through the front of the panel into the hole, and we'll just pull the wire through. Then we'll take our switch, make sure that the rocker is facing up and down. It doesn't matter which way, as long as it's up and down. We'll just push it through the hole until it clicks into place.Now we're going to unsnap this dash panel here underneath, just by pressing on the tab on each corner and pulling down. We don't need to remove it all the way, just enough so we can get our hand through to where our hood cable release goes through the fire wall. The hole in our fire wall where our hood release cable goes through, we poked a pull wire through that and attached it to our wires here, and now we'll pull these wires into our engine compartment. Not we can reinstall our panels.Now we're going to remove our fuse box cover by squeezing the two tabs on it and lifting up. Now, due to a technical service bulletin from Chevrolet, it states that the ABS fuse must be pulled when flat towing, and that is fuse number 16 on four cylinder models on the 2017 Equinox, this one right here underneath the hood. The fuse listed in the owner's manual, you no longer need to remove due to this technical service bulletin. We're going to remove this fuse here. We'll just grab it with a pair or pliers and wiggle it up until it comes out.Okay, we marked locations where we're going to drill two holes in the top of our fuse box cover, right above where the fuse resides in the fuse box. We're going to use these holes to pass our wires through to our bypass. Now we're going to use a test light to determine which one of the two terminals our fuse goes into has power. Okay, it's the side closest to the driver side.Now we'll take our wires that have the spade terminals, the thick ones that come with our kit, and we'll slide our grommet over the spade terminal end until it's down on our wire like so. We'll do this on both of them. Now we'll take our red wire, this is the one that has the fuse holder in it, and this will go on the side closest to the driver side since that's the hot side of our fuse. We'll just push that through the hole that we made in our fuse box, and then we'll push the grommet inside the hole. You may need to use a flathead screwdriver to push it down. Now we'll repeat the same process on the other side with our black wire.With our wires pulled through, we'll now take our red side with the fuse holder and attach it to the terminal that had power going to it with the fuse removed, and the black one will go to the other one. Here's what that looks like installed. Okay, with our connections made, we'll now reinstall our cover. Now we need to find a place to mount our module. We're going to mount ours just on top of our fuse box right here, be perfect spot for it, we have plenty of wire to reach to it here. We've already cleaned off our surface here using some rubbing alcohol. Now we'll peel off the back of our double sided tape and we'll just stick it in place onto our fuse box, pressing firmly.Now, one of the wires inside of our harness needs to be grounded, and that's the furthest point away from our wiring harness. We're going to measure off to this ground point over here, giving ourselves a little bit extra slack, and we'll cut off our excess wiring. Now we'll strip back the outer sleeve, all the way back to down here in this area. In order to strip the wires back, the outer covering, let's take a utility knife and we'll go through the insulation, just making sure that we only cut through the insulation that's on the outer edge.Now we'll take our small fuse holder and we'll strip back insulation from both ends. On one end we'll crimp on one of our blue butt connectors, and on the other end we'll crimp on one of our ring terminals. Now we'll take our Philips head screw, we'll go through the ring terminal on our fuse holder and the ring terminal on our large fuse holder that goes into our fuse box, and we'll go through this terminal here on the module. Now we'll hold the nut still with a wrench and tighten the screw with the screwdriver.Now we'll take our large black wire that goes into our fuse box, place a screw through it, and then through this other terminal on the module. Top that off with a nut on the bottom, and we'll tighten the hardware. Now, we found in addition to the tape, we're going to need to put some screws in to hold the module down because once the wires are connected it pulls up on it. We'll just use the provided screws that come with it to help hold it in place. This will keep it secure.The green wire that came out of our gray wire bundle is going to attach to the other side of our small fuse holder here. We're going to measure off about how much we're going to need and cut off the excess. We'll strip back some insulation, and we'll stick it inside the butt connector and we'll crimp it down. Now we have two wires coming off our module, a red and a black. We're going to strip back a little bit more insulation from each one and we'll take our small butt connector and we'll place it over the wires and we'll crimp it into place. We'll do this for both of them.Now we'll take the red wire that came out of our gray wire bundle, measure off how much we're going to need, cut off the excess, strip back some insulation. Now we'll place that inside the butt connector that goes to our red wire on the module. We'll crimp that down. Now we'll do the same for the black wire.Our white wire here, we're going to measure off how much we're going to need to attach this to a ground point on our vehicle, which we can do right underneath this 10 millimeter nut right here. Cut off our excess, strip back some insulation. Take one of our ring terminals, place it over the wire, and crimp it in place. Remove the nut. Now, we found that a ring terminal doesn't quite fit all the way down on the stud, so what we're going to do is cut a small notch in it and we can push it down over the stud. Place it over the stud and reinstall the nut. We'll tighten it down securely.Now we'll take the fuse that we removed from the fuse box and install it on our red cable. We'll take our provided fuse and stick it inside the fuse holder. Okay, with our fuses installed we'll now close the covers over them. We'll take some electrical tape and we're going to tape up on our butt connectors here, just to help a little better protect them from any elements.Okay, now with our key in the ignition we'll turn the key to the on position, and we're going to look for which position on our switch disables the fuse. I press up, you see nothing happens. We know up is the drive position. When I press to the down position on the switch, we get a message that says the all wheel drive system's off and the service power steering will come on here in a second, which indicates that we have the fuse disconnected. That's how we know it's working. Now we can turn our key off.Since we determined that drive is on the top position of our switch, we'll take our drive sticker now and we'll place that above the switch. Now we'll take our tow sticker and we'll place that on the bottom of the switch since that's the tow position. That completes our look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Fuse Master Fuse Bypass Switch for Towed Vehicles, part number RM-76517 on this 2017 Chevrolet Equinox.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Palmer H.

I chose to mount a small electrical box, adjacent to relay, on fuse box cover. Mounted switch and a led in it. Wired led to load side of relay, so I know when Power is on. Still, I labeled as to drive and tow. I will have to pop the hood, but will not accidentally flip the switch. I put heat shrink on push on terminals to make sure They would not touch. Life would have been easier with #12 wires with an adapter for fuse holder.

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