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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There are a few fuses for the trailer tow adapter.
1st, is theodd location on the 97-98, engine mini fuse panel has a 20 A fuse forthe stop / turn lamps. Have seen it covered in tape from the factory onsome 97-98 MY trucks.
This is on page 142 in the owners 1997 manual, all the revisions for the 1998 owners manual I have seen do not include this fuse box for some reason.
Download a PDF version from Ford, for the 1997 MY at :
This is a picture of the Power Distribution Box, additional relay box and engine mini fuse panel with the covers off. The 20A in the upper right panel with the red base, is the trailer stop/turn fuse.
The others :
1. Power Distribution Panel / engine compartment fuse panel
Fuse #1 - Trailer tow back-up and tail lamps
Fuse #16 - Trailer tow battery charge and stop/turn lamps
Fuse #28 - Trailer tow electronic brake
2. Instrument Panel Fuses ( cab fuse panel by hood release )
#23 - trailer tow battery charge relay
Posted on Nov 12, 2009
Testimonial: "Thank you, thank you, thank you it was the 20 amp fuse. The lights now work! "
This may be too obvious, but check the dimmer dial on your dashlights. There's a detent in the off position that will turn all dash and cargo etc lights off...
Posted on Nov 13, 2009
check to see if you have corrosion in the fuse box or the GEM module, by removing the fuse box completely, disconnect the battery, take out the two screws and two 8mm bolts that hold the fuse box in, it will take some maneuvering to get it positioned right to disconnect the two wiring harnesses from the fuse box, they are bolted through the middle. Once removed, take the GEM module off the back of the fuse box and look for what would be something like the same corrosion you would see on your battery posts, usually one of these components is corroded and causing the problem, my buddy got a replacement fuse box for his from a wrecking yard for only 15 dollars, with all the fuses and relays. If you have this corrosion, then you probably have a windshield leak at the lower left hand corner of the windshield, it lets water drip onto the fuse box and GEM module. Hope this helps, let me know
Posted on Dec 07, 2009
Testimonial: "Mr. Guru, It was the GEM module. Thank you for helping with my problem. "
It is in the owners manual
If you did not get an owners manual with your truck ( purchased used ), you can download one from Ford :
For the 1998 MY truck, I suggest also downloading the 1997 MY owners manual. On page 142 of the 1997 owners manual is a picture of the mini engine fuse panel, which has 2 fuses in it. Every revision of the 1998 owners manual that I have seen, does not include this info, for some reason.
Also, the aux relay box is documented poorly here is a layout of what is in it, and the engine mini fuse panel showing the PCM KAM ( Keep Alive Memory ) and the trailer tow parking lamp fuse.
Might want to do a save as on this, so you have it, in case you need it.
Posted on Dec 11, 2009
Unfortunately i wish it were easy to remove the alarm system, but then, so does every car thief in the world.you cannot remove the anti theft system in any car,contrary to whatever someone may say.the brain is embedded in the cars electronic management systems.but you can remove the fuse......
Posted on Mar 10, 2010
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