A CURT custom wiring harness (also called a T-connector) is a simple, plug-and-play electrical device that eliminates the need for cutting, splicing and soldering when installing vehicle-to-trailer wiring.
Most vehicles do not come ready to tow. Unless your vehicle has a towing package, it is probably not equipped with a trailer wiring connector. This is where CURT's custom wiring harnesses come into play. Custom wiring harnesses plug into your vehicle's electrical system using original equipment (OEM) connectors. Our custom wiring harnesses use two or more OEM connectors to plug in at the taillight assembly and provide a standard trailer socket to allow a trailer to be plugged into your vehicle's power system.
This harness provides a 4-way flat connector socket and comes with a circuit-protected converter. It is designed to be a custom wiring harness for certain years of the Ford Escape (to verify your vehicle compatibility, see the CURT application guide at curtmfg.com). CURT custom wiring harnesses are long-lasting and quick to install. They come with dust covers to keep your connector clean when not in use and feature a one-year limited warranty to give you peace of mind.
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Installation instructions are not update to mf specs.
Let me be clear....This would be a 5 star if not for TWO things. One. The installation instructions are not up to date with the vehicle specifications. In the installation, you are told to wire the harness up through the undercarriage and directly to the battery. This will indeed do the job, however please refer to a more detailed review before mine that goes into using the terminal ALREADY SPECIFIED BY THE MANUFACTURER IN THE FUSE DIAGRAM as being designated for the wiring of towing lighting. Use the inline fuse provided, yes, but wire the power through the right tail light assembly (there is a rubber bung used for the factory harness) into the rear fuse box, and splice on a 12-10 Gauge FEMALE slide disconnect terminal on to the end of the wire. The connect to the proper spade in the fuse box. In the 2014 Ford Escape, it is terminal F26. This will shave off 20-30 minutes install time, hide ALL of the wiring and give you a more attractive, professional looking install. The single terminal will only set you back about 13 cents, and save you a lot of time. Two. There is NOT ENOUGH ROOM behind the taillight assembly to just run the wires with the T-Connector ends still attached. You will have to do one of two things NOT PRESCRIBED in the installation instructions. You can either cut off the -Connectors, and then splice them back on after you run the wires, OR, you can loosen the body to make them fit through. I cut and spliced, but after watching a you tube video on the installation that I found made by some body shop somewhere, I wish I hadn't, and had known how to do that. Your call, but you will have to do one or the other. Would I buy it again? Yes, I would, but I would expect the installation instructions to be better researched by Curt and updated accordingly.
Needs update use back fuse panel in 2013 Escape
The T-Connector kit #56164 for 2013+ Ford Escape is good product but just short of complete kit. It really should come with an ATM fuse adapter for back fuse panel instead of the 25 foot black cable and inline fuse adapter. It also should be made very clear Curt PN 57505 as tester for few dollars should not be optional unless you have working trailer immediately available. About 20 minutes to install with these two improvements.
Easy to install (after watching YouTube video). Good quality product. After install everything operates correctly, except the LED hitch light stays on (very dim, but still visible). Double checked the ground was indeed good. Called sales, got transferred to tech support. They have not responded back after a week. ??? Also installed Curt hitch. Had to correct two of the holes that didn't line up (5/16" off). Great hitch!