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Trailer wiring for 2005 Ford Escape without factory tow package

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.

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  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    Same same

  • jackb745 Nov 06, 2008

    I just bought mine with a small hitch installed but the wiring didn't have power either.

  • edkruf Nov 12, 2008

    the problem I have is that the fuse box does not have a receptacle for the tow fuse, you put a fuse in but it falls out b/c there's nothing for it to click into. did you have to put in some sort of fuse receptacle?

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2008

    there is a trailer wire plug under the drivers side of the bumper but it has no power and the spot to put a fuse will not hold a fuse.

  • SDF1 Dec 30, 2008

    My 2006 Escape has the same issue. I plugged in the simple harness to the existing 4 pin plug under the rear bumper and found that only the trailer running lights worked. After about 2 hours of diagnosing the trailers wiring, I came to the conclusion that the problem was with my truck. A continuity tester showed me that the brake and signal light wires were dead. I traced them (at least the yellow wire) back to the fuse box under the hood (I think), but could only partially pull the mid section of the fuse box off, so I couldn't tell exactly where they connected. The yellow seemed to connect to one of the fuses in the middle of the box (maybe the 9 thru 16 spots). The manual does not indicate that any of these (or any other fuses for that matter) are for the trailer brake/signal lights. Although the manuals does state that the no. 1 location in the passenger compartment fuse panel is for the trailer tow park lamps (which work fine). Anyways, all the fuses in the 9-16 spots in the panel under the hood are there and seem fine. I spoke to the local Ford garage and they said that all I should have to do is plug it in...nothing special is required. If anyone knows anything, PLEASE HELP!

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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...

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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?

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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