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#42 of 106 Re: GM PartsDirect Blows it Big Time - A Complete Scam [dog19]
Sep 03, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I did some checking for you. If you search the part by clicking "Accessories" on the front page, then Chevy, Equinox, 2010 - you will come to the catalog page. The Trailer hitch is part No. 19202502 as referred to in your note. To the right it states "Includes Hitch, Harnesses and Bolts", no mention of the receiver, pin and ball since they are sold separately as part No. 12499680. They are doing you a favor by breaking them out if you do not need them. Other sites include them for an added $40.00
Part no. 19169825 is the trailer hitch kit for the 2009 Equinox. As I have stated, the 09 harness does not fit the '10 electrical connector. The '09 hitch will fit the '10 Equinox, the harness will not. One of two things happened. GMPD shipped the wrong trailer kit, i.e. one for the '09 Equinox, not for the '10, or you ordered the '09 kit. Check your paperwork, if the order is for the '10, I have no doubt GMPD will exchange it and pay for your end of the shipping.
The 2010 trailer hitch does not come with fuses and relays, as they are installed at the factory.
#43 of 106 Re: GM PartsDirect Blows it Big Time - A Complete Scam [wangltz]
Sep 03, 2009 (3:44 pm)
Okay, here's the poop - my harness was activated today and it is hot with working tail lights.
Since I live 2 hours from where I bought my Nox ( it was the only dealer left with a '10 Nox on site with the features I wanted and would clunk my '97 Grand Cherokee due to the July run on lot stock), I tried a couple of local dealers for activation first. They wanted $120 to activate the harness since I did not buy from them, so I collared my sales guy and he squared everything with the service guy. My dealer was really accommodating and didn't even questionmy purchase and installation of the hitch.
The programming took a bit over an hour but this was because this was the first activation this dealership had to perform. They had to hook the scanner to the dashboard connector and program it from there. The reason they mention calling the Chevy Customer Center is to get the codes to program in and so Chevy has a record of the activation.
Note, while I bought the GM trailer hitch kit with the harness from GMPD, I installed an aftermarket 2" receiver before I went and the dealer didn't question it.
If anyone wants a 11/4' hitch drop me a note. $100 and that includes shipping.
As I mentioned before, there are no fuses or relays in the '10 kit. They are included in '04-09 kits, but not this one.
#44 of 106 Re: New Hitch [crp1011]
Sep 03, 2009 (4:04 pm)
crp is right, you have to be patient and have small hands. Don't bother taking off the tail light lens, the connector isn't behind it. You have to empty the spare tire pit to get to the plug you need to remove. The plug is sealed tight but it will pry up with a wide flathead screw driver, just work the sealant gently and keep prying, it'll pop.
To attach the connector behind the tail light, reach behind with your left hand to steer the open end toward the gap in the body wall and to get a little leverage behind the connector. There is only one opening that fits a hand, you'll find it. Take the erase end of a pencil and gently spear the backside of the harness connector and maneuver it toward the open connector. Once you get it lined up gently press the connectors together. I doesn't take a lot of pressure to snap them together.
There a round rubber seal that closes the plug hole you opened up in the tire pit. Work the rubber gasket from the top and it pops right in. I put a little silicone caulk around the gasket from under neath just to keep salty winter moisture from getting up into the hole. It is a ripe spot for rusting if not protected further.
The GM hitch has a welded ear for securing the trailer end connector. The aftermarket hitches do not. To put the hitch on you need to remove a little hatch bottom center of the bumper cover. It snaps out. With the hatch off and the hitch on, you find the GM harness has a fitting on the end where it secures to GM hitch. It has 2 screws/ holes. I held it to the under side of the bumper cover right next to the receiver. There is nice gap there and the GM fitting fits perfectly. I drilled two holes that match the fitting and used the small bolt and nut to secure it the bumper cover. The cover is very rigid at the point. I then used a couple of plastic ties and secure the harness wire to the top side of hitch bar hidden the bumper cover so all i=s out of sight and secured from bouncing around.
Remember that little hatch you remove from the bumper cover ? When all is done, that hatch snaps right back on the bumper cover and completely hides the hitch. Just unsnap it whenever you need to use the hitch. Just make sure the trailer connector is set as far back as it can go under the bumper cover.
#45 of 106 Re: New Hitch [runox]
Sep 04, 2009 (6:31 am)
I am interested in your extra hitch.
Since the forum states "Your personal security is important to us, so please do not post your email address in a message." how do I contact you to get some additional details?
#46 of 106 Re: New Hitch [wangltz]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 04, 2009 (8:51 am)
Please mark your emails public in your Profiles and take this to email. It's off-topic in the forum. Thanks.
#48 of 106 Programming
Sep 05, 2009 (7:10 am)
I installed an aftermarket cruise control on my wife's Pontiac G5 and the instructions stated I needed the dealer to program the computer to recognize it. The instructions stated that the dealer must program first but when I got to the dealer they stated the control must be installed first. So, I went back home and installed it. Went back to the dealer to have it turned on. Took less than 15 min and I negotiated the $100 fee down to $50 prior to bringing it in.
Now that I have an Equinox ordered, I am thinking I will negotiate the dealer either turning on the trailering option upon delivery or allow me to bring it back in for programming after I purchase the hitch. I am interested to know if it has to be installed prior to the programming or if the programming can be done prior to the hitch installation.
#49 of 106 Re: Programming [brueggie]
Sep 05, 2009 (6:02 pm)
I want to know this, too. The only addition needed to hook up the lights is a couple of cables. So I don't see why these should need to be in place before programming. It's not like a cruise control, which presumably interacts with the car's computer in some way.
#50 of 106 trailer hitch wiring
Sep 07, 2009 (4:14 am)
The dealer completed the wiring successfully. Apparently there is more to it than just tapping wires. I towed my 1300lb boat with my 2010 4cyl. LS model for the first time. It seemed to handle the towing just fine. I used the M transmission setting and kept the car in 5th gear.
#51 of 106 2010 NOX Trailer Wiring
Sep 09, 2009 (4:32 am)
I also received a wiring diagram from GM Parts Direct which I have tried to post without success. It shows two wiring pieces, parts # 10364351 and 20807039 for the 2010 NOX. I just want to make sure these are the correct parts before I order, can anyone confirm? Thanks, Frank">