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Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2011 Ford Edge

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How to Install a Trailer Wiring Harness on a 2011 Ford Edge

Speaker 1: Today in our 2011 Ford Edge, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, part number HM56001.Here's where wiring looks like installed. What this will allow us to do is safely and legally flat tow our Ford Edge behind our motor home without having to worry about having any magnetic tow lights on the back of our vehicle. This will use your vehicle's existing factory brake light and tail light bulbs, so you don't have to worry about having anything additional added to the vehicle. This is a simple plug and play wiring harness. There is no cutting or splicing required to your vehicles wiring at all. It simply plugs right in line between your tail light assemblies and your factory wiring harness, giving you the necessary turn signals, brake lights, and running lights that you need to be legal and safe.Our white wire here will provide the necessary ground connection between our motor home and our Ford Edge.

The brown wire here is for our tail light bulbs. The yellow wire will function for our left turn signal and left brake light. And the green wire will function for our right turn signal and right brake light. It doesn't affect your vehicle's factory's electrical system at all. As soon as you unplug from your motor home, your vehicle's factory lights will return to their normal operating function.

And the module box that is built in to the wiring harness has diodes built into it. So if there was a short in the motor home, you wouldn't have to worry about any electrical current being backfed into your vehicles expensive lighting circuit, potentially causing damage.This will protect your Ford Edge and allow everything to work as normal when it's unplugged. Or, when it's plugged in, it'll be treated like a trailer. And now that we've gone over some features, we'll show you how to get it installed. We went ahead and put our wiring in place, and routed it behind our fascia while we had it off.

We grounded our tow vehicle lighting system to our core support with the provided self tapping screw. And when we routed it, we have our wires coming up through this opening behind our headlight right here into our engine compartment. We have 'em routed to the side of our air box, into the side of our battery, making sure we leave some slack in for if we need to connect a towed vehicle supplemental braking system later.We zip tied it to the negative battery cable here, dropped it down behind the battery tray area behind the transmission, and down behind the firewall. So here's where our wire comes down. We have it zip tied to this bracket, which secures our fuel lines.

We tucked it behind this panel. It goes back. We have it zip tied to our parking brake cable. This section doesn't move, so we're okay there. Keep following that, goes up to the side of our fuel tank, zip tied to a wiring harness, over our rear sub frame. Then, we have it zip tied to a bracket that supports our fuel filler neck. And this is where we're gonna bring it up inside the vehicle now.Now, we'll open up our rear hatch. Okay. Now we need to remove our tail light assemblies. We'll do the same on both sides. We'll have two 8 millimeter screws on each one. Then we can grab the assembly and pull it back. We'll find a connector on the inside. Press there on the black tab, and pull back to separate. You wanna just do the same thing for the passenger side. Now we're looking at our rear wheel well, where the real fascia meets the fender liner. We're on the passenger side. The driver's side is the same way. We'll find one, two, three, four 5.5 millimeter screws that we need to remove. Now underneath, just behind the tire, we'll find two more 5.5 millimeter screws to remove. Now, we'll grab our fascia and pull it away from the fender. And this will give us adequate room to slide our wires and connectors through.Okay, now we'll take our converter box, with our connector with the yellow wire. We'll route it behind our fascia like this. Now, with our converter box hanging out and our wires routed behind the fascia, we can plug the male end of our harness into the vehicle's female end. Just line up the tabs and push it til it locks into place. Okay. We've bundled up our excess wire. So it's not going to hang below our vehicle or touch our exhaust. We routed our passenger side connector behind the fascia, zip tying it to this existing wiring harness. And then we routed it the same way we did our driver's side by peeling back the fascia, and sticking it up. Now we can plug in our passenger side connector. Now we can pop our bumper cover back into its original position.Now we will replace all of our screws with the bumper cover back into position. Now we'll take our provided double sided tape, peel off one end, apply it to the back side of our module, press down firmly, peel off the other side. And we'll mount it right here behind where our tail light assembly is. Now we'll take our tail light assembly, and plug it in to our harness. And now we can reinstall our tail light assembly. We'll do the same for our passenger side. And now we're using a Hopkins Tow Doctor Trailer Tester to test out our wiring, to make sure everything's working properly. You can also hook it up to your motor home to do that. We have these available if you'd like to purchase one. They are a handy tool if you own lots of trailers.Try our tail lights. And, as you can see, those are working great. Do our left brake light now. That's working. Now our right brake light. That's working as well. And that completes our look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, part number HM56001 on this 2001 Ford Edge.

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