Question about 2005 Ford Escape
There is a trailer wire plug under the driver side rear bumper, that U-Haul said is for my trailer lights, but it has no power. They said if I want to use it, in lieu of installing trailer light wiring directly to my tail lights, the dealer needs to put in a fuse or something. I talked with the dealer and they didn't know what how to do it b/c my vin record says there's no trailer package, and said I should ask a trailer/hitch store. There's definitely a 4 pin trailer wire under the driver side rear bumper and I'd like to use the factory wiring if I can. Can you please help? Thank you.
I had the sam problem with my '02 escape when I installed the hitch. I changed the turn signal relay under the dashboard on the drivers side of the dash with one from an escape that had a tow package(one was blue and the other was yellow...). worked fine for me after that. Don't know if it changed later...
Posted on Aug 24, 2010
My 2006 Escape has the same problem. I have the wiring harness but no power. The indicated fuse in position #1 is missing, but there also is NO FUSE SOCKET in that position. It ****** me off to no end that Ford would exclude that fuse socket to force original owners to buy their towing package. What specifically can be done to get the factory wiring to work on my Escape?
Posted on Aug 24, 2012
Draw-Tite makes a Plug In wiring harness for this vehicle. It's #118426, and you can buy it here.
This harness is equipped with a Modulite, and you will have to run a separate wire to the battery to get your power supply. This protects the electrical system on the vehicle. You can view the wiring installation instructions here.
Hope this helps!
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
I have a 2008 Ford Escape and I just recently installed a trailer hitch, but like everyone else the wiring harness plugs into the trailer adapter, but without the relays it will not work, if I purchase the three relays from Ford will the trailer lights work? Or will I have to supply some type of power to the relays?
Posted on Feb 06, 2010
Current model ('09 -'10) Escapes are missing three relays in the wiring block by the battery. Auto supply stores don't carry them. Only Ford sells them and they are about $35 each. It is cheaper to get an aftermarket harness kit. You need the one with a module that isolates the trailer from the vehicle wiring and draws power from the battery directly. I found that my local U-Haul store was the best place to buy both the hitch and the harness. I spent half an afternoon installing the hitch and that with no special problems involved. It would have been well worth the $30 that U-Haul wanted to install it instead.
Posted on Oct 31, 2009
Mine was the same way the fuse was pulled out. the fuse box is on passenger side of consoul it is the frist fuse on top to left.
Posted on Nov 09, 2008
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