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 Post subject: Japanese Import Trailer Wiring
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:42 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I am the currently very happy owner of a Japanese import 2013 Outlander PHEV, here in NZ. I recently bought a tow bar kit from Mitsubishi NZ. All bolted up very nicely, and the manufacturer instructions were easy to follow.

However, when it comes to plugging in the wiring harness (factory wiring kit came with the black box controller etc, which I presume is to ensure separation of load and control, with trailer light power coming straight from battery), I cannot find the trailer connector in the loom! I had all the trim panels off as instructed, and felt down the looms just incase.
I have been told by Mitsubishi NZ that some imports probably don't have the connector - a fairly unsatisfactory answer. The offered solution - send it to an auto electrician for about $600.

I can cut and splice wires if I have to, but I am hoping that is not necessary. So:
1. Did I just miss the harness connector, or have others had this problem?
2. If you had this problem, what did you do?
2. Does anyone know the necessary wiring colours and locations to cut in?
4. Does anyone know where to buy a tee piece for an existing plug if that's what I need?

I'd really like to carry on and use the factory tow harness, and I believe it just needs the power and signal wires accordingly. Can't be that hard?

The car has no parking sensors by the way (but does have electric tail gate and reversing camera).

I have trawled the topics (and internet) and am pretty sure no one has defined a solution for this yet...so, any help greatly appreciated.

Cheers,

Ben


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Import Trailer Wiring
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:19 pm 
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The team that fitted my towbar took a lot of photographs, because it was the first time they'd done a PHEV.

Do these help?


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Import Trailer Wiring
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:55 am 
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Hey mate, very cool. Thanks alot.

Unfortunately, it looks like yours was Aussie new and seems to have had the 10 pin connector wired in ready for a tow bar.

Does help with identifying wire colours somewhat...

Thanks for the reply :)


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Import Trailer Wiring
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:12 am 
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Did you find an answer to this? I have exactly the same issue on the same year JDM car having bought a 2nd hand towbar from an NZ new car with the connector which sits in the nearside rear quarter.
I've seen some kits for sale in the US but not sure if its the same for a JDM car.


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 Post subject: Re: Japanese Import Trailer Wiring
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:00 pm 
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Hi there,
Unfortunately no fix yet. If I manage to get around to actually fixing the wiring I shall take photos and post. Trying not to spend the money on auto electrician for a relatively simple job like this.
I have the same kit as you.
Cheers,
Ben


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