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    Posted: 14 July 2012 at 7:53pm
Another car question. Not sure how many car people are left on the forum, but it's worth asking. 

So on my 2008 Hyundai Tuscon, I've got a trailer hitch installed. And that hitch, upon being installed by the dealer, was also wired up so that trailer lights and all that can be functional. Ever since I used a U-Haul trailer to move to Ohio, thus using the hitch, I've had the wire and plug in wrapped around the hitch and tucked up into the pin thing, clipping it in place. Not glorious, but it seemed like it worked. 

I go out to my car today with my girlfriend. She looks at the hitch and asks "Hey, didn't there used to be a wire thing there?" 

And sure enough, it's not there anymore. 

So I've got some hypotheses, and I was wondering what you thought about them. 

  • H1) At some point, without me noticing, the wire and plug became unconnected from the little holding pin and unwrapped, dragging on the ground, where it became snagged or something and tore off, leaving no trace of its existence. 
  • H2) When I last took the car in for my 30k mile routine checkup, in which I had my brake fluid and other stuffs flushed requiring the car to be on a lift, someone saw my unorthodox wire storage method and muffin-stuffed the wire up somewhere in the car. 
To approach the potential impacts of these hypotheses: If H1 is supported, is my car in some kind of potential danger? If H2 is supported, where should I look to find the thing? 


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How easy are they to remove?  I was guessing someone stole them was going to be an option.

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Originally posted by pntbl freak pntbl freak wrote:

How easy are they to remove?

Oh, I didn't think of theft. And I have no clue how easy they are. I don't know if the wire that comes down is just a plug from where else, or if it's actually hard-wired from somewhere else. 
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My guess is that if someone stuffed them up into the car, they would be somewhere as close to the back bumper as possible, as someone wouldn't take the time to trace them all the way up into the frame for a better spot.

If they were removed by theft of dragging, your car isn't in any trouble. I've cut off old brake light wires before because they were corroded and damaged, and never had any trouble. Your biggest problem is not having them anymore.

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Reb's got the gist of it, look under the bumper to see if they're still there, if not, no biggie so long as your brake lights still work. Of course, now you won't be able to get the brake lights to come on when using a trailer....
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Probably had a 4-pin connecter, they are very easy to wire; I just converted my wires Forester to 7pin. Lots of stores have the 4 pins with instructions for under $20.  They are low amperage and the worst that can happen is you might blow a fuse.  Maybe crawl under the back-end and take a look just in case they did wire it up fasten it up tight to the frame so you don't waste and $$.

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Look between the plastic bumper housing and frame rail attachment, there is a hollow in there that mechs usually have access to rear wire harness and might have stuck wies up there.

Aftermarket 'free hanging ' trailer harnesses as 'plug ins' and do have a tendancy to fall or break off at the connestion due to excessive movement in slipstream if not properly secured.

Local auto parts store has inexpensive harnesses, use the rigid plug in type attached to rear frame or lower bumper attachment frame, where there is a hard 'plug in' rather than just a wire hanging 'plug in'. Not rocket science to rewire either.
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