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Chevrolet Equinox, SUV
#67 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [runox]
Oct 09, 2009 (7:27 pm)
Thanks a lot.
#69 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [runox]
Dec 05, 2009 (11:18 am)
I purchased the wiring harness from Curt MFG and when it arrived it obviously was not the one that fits the unique connector behind the drivers side taillight. It consists of two TEE connectors that go between the taillight wire connector in both taillights and the associated wiring. I talked to Travis at Curt MFG ( 1-800-798-0813) and he confirmed that I had received the correct wiring harness and stated that it was not the type that fit the unique plug on the 2010 Nox but would work properly if the directions were followed. He emailed me a copy of the installation instructions which were much clearer that the page that came with the harness. I installed the harness according to the instructions, took about 15-20 minutes and it works perfectly. This does not require any dealer programming or the very expensive GM wiring harness.
#70 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [fstump]
Dec 05, 2009 (1:08 pm)
Wow, Ya'll done this the hard/expensive way. I went on ebay found the cheapest 2 inch hitch and they have the plug and play wiring which plugs behind the tailights. Anyway I paid 143 bucks for the hitch & wiring delivered. They sent me a paypal invoice for 25 bucks cheaper than Ebay. Whole job took less than an hour. Also does not require dealer programing. If your tailights work the trailer lights will work.
as fstump says its easy.
#71 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [renegadevtwin]
Dec 06, 2009 (12:01 pm)
Did you by-pass the Chevy connector?
#72 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [runox]
Dec 10, 2009 (8:00 pm)
To your question "Did you by-pass the Chevy connector? " the answer is yes/sorta
The factory connector needs to be enabled/programed by the dealer to become operational. the system made by Curt tee's into each tailight plug and sell for 19-39 bucks on ebay. There is no need to go to the dealer. Whole job is a bout an hour. Tailight removal is easy. The 2 inch hitches start at 90 bucks.
#73 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [renegadevtwin]
Dec 11, 2009 (3:57 am)
If you read your car manual and warranty, messing with the electrical system can void the warranty and may affect the ability of the airbag system to sense and deploy. It's pretty obvious, because of the requirement to have the factory harness programmed, the electrical system is a tad sensitive in these vehicles. By tapping into the electrical wiring, you are placing an unprogrammed load on the car power and since that load occurs while braking, a typical event pre-crash, it's not a risk some are willing to assume. I paid upwards of $30K for my Nox. It seems an added $70-80 bucks in the realm of things isn't unworthy for assuring the warranty isn't voided, particularly when there are some 15 different computers on board. In that event, good luck trying to extract recourse out of Curt.
Regardless, enjoy your new Nox. Car and Driver may have preferred the Focus, but it's pretty obvious they weren't interested in overall vehicle utility. The Nox rolls right over the Focus as Car of the Year.
#74 of 106 Re: Where I got mine [runox]
Dec 11, 2009 (6:55 am)
I just had the dealer do mine yesterday, as part of the "we owe" agreement made when I bought it, AWD LT1 with Pioneer System. They sent me to a local shop that put on the 2" Draw-Tite hitch and a 7 pin electrical outlet on it.
Took out the little instert in the bottom of the bumper and it tucks right up under there, looks slick as can be. I did confirm with the shop that they did not have splice anything, they confirmed it would be plug and play and 100% compatible.
My receipt shows my dealer ordering it and paying for it, so I am happy. Cost them $312 installed, and the harness showed as a $23 part.
#75 of 106 Re: My experience
Dec 17, 2009 (8:42 am)
I put on an after-market hitch and had my dealer program the factory connector to work. He did this for me before I actually had the cable. I bought only the half of the two-part cable that plugs into the connector in the back of the Nox, cut off the end that went to the second part of the factory cable system, and spliced on a standard four-pin cable and connector. It worked perfectly. I even have little test LEDs in my four-pin connector. The dealer was willing to do the programming, even though he had no cable to test it out with. I suppose some dealers would balk at this strategy.
I doubt that splicing into the tail lights would affect air bag deployment. If this were the case, one could imagine a defective bulb or a burned out bulb causing an airbag malfunction. It hardly seems likely the engineers would have designed the system allow such a deadly situation to arise from such a trivial cause. If they did, they're going to get sued somewhere down the road, that's for sure. Still, I like to do things as the engineers intended, so I went with the factory connector system.
#76 of 106 Harness Splice
Dec 19, 2009 (1:22 pm)
I don't think the splice will have any impact. Many of the dealers program the trailer hitch without the harness in place.