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Any recommendation on where to buy a trailer wiring harness for my 2001 Ford Explorer? AutoZone didn't have one compatible for my vehicle amazingly! I've found some places online but am a little leery on that. Question #2 - Is this just a "follow-the-instructions" type of job or more difficult than that?

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You can try the online option -- but make sure that the part is an exact match to your make, model and year (or at least that your SUV's info is listed as one of the models the part will work on). If you have experience working on your own cars and trucks, the installation should not be a problem, and SHOULD be a "follow the instructions" type of job (usually a couple of plugs that are already installed, but hidden in the undercarriage of the vehicle. If your truck does not have these plugs already wired, then you will need to do a bit more work and should either seek a mechanic for help, or buy a Haynes manual for your truck. The Haynes manual is based on a Complete tear down and rebuild of the vehicle for which it was written -- it should have all applicable information for your install (and most other repairs you would ever have to do through the life of your SUV.
If you are still leery of buying the part online, you could go to a Ford dealership (one with a garage and service center). They should have all the parts and info for your install, though you might pay a bit more for it than you would online. Most dealerships will even offer to install the part for you ... but once again it will probably cost a bit. This is the surest way to get the right part installed properly if you have any doubts.
The third option is to go to the dealership and have them give you the exact part number, then go and match the number to what you had seen online. This will assure that you have the right part. Once you get the part, it should come with instructions, you can install it yourself, or have a mechanic do it for you -- a mechanic that is not affiliated with a dealership will be far cheaper to hire for the job than paying a dealership's mechanics to do it (other mechanics usually have less overhead, so they can charge less)..

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