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Old 12-04-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default Trailer hitch wiring

Does anyone have any experience with wiring an SL2 for a trailer? Someone I talked to said I would have to run wire all the way from the battery, but I thought I could just splice it from the tail lights. Any info would be great. Thanks


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Old 12-04-2008, 06:01 PM   #2
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I believe Madpouge has the scoop on this and what you have to do. If you do not hear from him send off a PM.

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Old 12-04-2008, 11:16 PM   #3
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I have trailer wires installed by the guy who put my hitch on. It is spliced into the tail lights on the driver's side. Pull down the carpeting on the rear quarter and that's where it's spliced in. There is a MME brand adapter, which is a flat adapter wired inline. I can try to take a picture for you tomorrow night if you need it.

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Old 12-05-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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I have trailer wires installed by the guy who put my hitch on. It is spliced into the tail lights on the driver's side. Pull down the carpeting on the rear quarter and that's where it's spliced in. There is a MME brand adapter, which is a flat adapter wired inline. I can try to take a picture for you tomorrow night if you need it.
I'm curious about this. I assume you're talking about something like the "T-connector" available for most cars, that fits the car's existing wiring harness connector, and tees off to a trailer connector. Problem with our cars is that there isn't a single connector carrying all the circuits; the right-side light wiring is on its own connector. For that reason, I haven't seen one of these available for our cars. I had to use the "puncture-the-insulation" type splicers, one for each circuit (stop, tail, left turn, right turn). AFAIK, you have to at least run one wire to the right side of the car, for the right-side turn signal circuit. Yeah, please post a pic; I'm anxious to have something more elegant.

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Old 12-06-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression, this isn't just a simple plug in adapter. You do have to splice in on both sides.

This is the Wiring Adapter.

This where it splices in on the left side - wide view.

Left side close-up.

Wired to right side.

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Old 12-07-2008, 09:57 PM   #6
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Okay, that's the converter you need to make the brake light filaments in the trailer blink with the turn signals. This is because our cars have separate circuits for the brake lights and turn signals. A lot of cheapo American cars combine these two circuits, making trailer lighting simpler. (It complicates lighting in the car itself, though.)

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Can I just splice them without the adapter? I had the adapter but it wasn't letting the brakes or blinkers work. (A short I believe) had an electrician cut it off and he had the extra red wire spliced in with the brown and everything was working but then it started smoking in my trunk and I could smell burnt rubber. So he cut it off. I tried splicing back into the adapter, but nothing. No lights even when before I had them. Mines a 97 Saturn sl2. I'll attach a picture of my splice into the adapter.
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Okay, that's the converter you need to make the brake light filaments in the trailer blink with the turn signals. This is because our cars have separate circuits for the brake lights and turn signals. A lot of cheapo American cars combine these two circuits, making trailer lighting simpler. (It complicates lighting in the car itself, though.)



Do you mean the brake lights will also blink and not stay solid?

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