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Trailer Connector Socket Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

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How to Install a Trailer Connector Socket on a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe


Speaker 1: Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe we're going to be taking a look at showing you how to install the Hopkins 7 and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket with Mounting Bracket, part number HM40975. This is what our wiring looks like when it's installed. Not only is this going to provide us with all the necessary functions for lighting our trailer, like both turns signals, your running lights, your brake lights, your ground and your power, it's also going to give you the option for reverse lights and for trailer brakes if you have them.One thing I like about this is the spring loaded caps, and on the inside of each cap, it's going to have a rubber seal. That's going to seal around the edge of your connections. It's going to help keep moisture out. Another great thing that I like about this plug is that if you look on the front of the cap, it's going to tell you what each signal is, and where it's running to inside the plug.

This plug's also going to come with a nice black powder-coated metal bracket. It's going to be custom fit for the plug itself.Now that we've had a look at some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation, we need to locate our wiring. Typically, right behind your bumper face, right in this area, there's a little plastic clip that's holding it normal up inside there. What we need to do is we need to undo that clip and pull our wiring down.

There we go.Then you have a couple push in fasteners right up here. If you pull one of them out, it should give you enough to bring your wiring down where it's going to sit in your 7 and 4-pole plug. Now, your plug should have a protective cap. If you push this little tab right here in the back, it will release that, and you want to pull that off. Next, we need to mount our 7 and 4-pole plug with our bracket.

I don't recommend drilling holes into your hitch.What we're going to do is we're going to add a short bracket, part number 18140. Take our two clamp, go around the hitch. Then we'll tighten it into place using a flathead screwdriver or a socket wrench. We'll take some tin snips and we'll cut off our excess once we've got it tight. Next we'll mount our bracket that comes with our 7 and 4-pole to our short pole bracket.Now, your short bracket's going to come with two bolts and two nuts.

Your 7 and 4-pole bracket is going to come with two large self-tapping screws, which we're not going to be using because we're not drilling into the hitch. What I recommend because the holes are a little bit larger is if you get two small washers, that'll keep the nut from pulling through the hole. Drop our screw down through our hole. Line up the holes on the bracket on our flat washer and our nut. Now, if it makes it easier for you, you can always put this on before you install the bracket onto the hitch. It's completely up to you.Now we'll take a 3/8 inch wrench and a Philips or a flathead screwdriver. You can use either one, and we're going to snug these up. I'm going to recommend taking some dielectric grease and putting it on your connections. It's going to help keep moisture from corroding all of your metal connections. It just makes your wire last that much longer. Then we'll push it into place until we hear it click.Once you have your plug fully inserted, the next thing you're going to do is test everything out and make sure everything's working properly. Now, we'll test out our wiring using part number I26. Left turn. Right turn. Brakes. Running lights. And that'll do it for a look at and installation on a Hopkins 7 and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket with Mounting Bracket, part number HM40975 on our 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe.


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