How to Wire a Dodge Dakota for a Trailer

by David Sandoval

Many states require towed trailers to have operational signal marker lamps connected to the towing vehicle's electrical system. Unfortunately, many vehicles sold in the United States are not wired with a trailer light outlet. A number of small and medium-sized trailers may be towed using a four-way trailer plug. For vehicles such as the Dodge Dakota, an aftermarket wiring harness may be connected to the vehicle's signal system to meet this need.

Loosen and remove the screws the tail lamp assemblies in place. Pull the tail lamp assemblies forward to expose the tail lamp wires. Each wire color is marked as to function on the back of the tail lamp assembly.

Place a wire splice connector over the right turn signal wire. Insert the green wire from the harness into the splice connector. Crimp the connector onto the wire pair.

Place a wire splice connector over the left turn signal wire. Insert the yellow wire from the harness into the splice connector. Crimp the connector onto the wire pair.

Place a wire splice connector over the taillight signal wire. Insert the brown wire from the harness into the splice connector. Crimp the connector onto the wire pair.

Place a wire splice connector over one of the ground wires. Insert the white wire from the harness into the splice connector. Crimp the connector onto the wire pair.

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About the Author

David Sandoval has served as a trainer and technical writer since 2000. He has written several articles online in the fields of home improvement, finance, electronics and science. Sandoval has an Associate of Applied Science in microelectronics from Northern New Mexico College.

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