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Mondeo 2011 vehicle specific kit query


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#1 simon_mk4

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 01:48 PM

I am looking to get a towbar fitted to my 2011 Mondeo Estate Titanium, I only tow a sailing dinghy so single electrics are all I need.
 
I have got plenty of quotes and have read this forum and have a few queries now….
 
I am keen that when I connect the trailer electrics that the ESP on the car gets adapted to add the Trailer Stability Program so therefore I understand I need the dedicated wiring. A quote from Trident Towing for a Thule fixed swan neck with single 7 pin electrics and with Dedicated Vehicle Specific Electrical Kit is for £310. They have this to say about their vehicle specific kits:
 
Vehicle Specific Kits – What are they and why might I need one?
Vehicle specific kits are part of the ever developing new modern vehicle technology, the majority of vehicles under 6 years old now feature complex on board computerised control systems that can make adjustments to the performance of your vehicle based on the real time situation and requirements of the vehicle. This is not just limited to every day driving, Trident Towing fit vehicle specific kits every day, these kits have all the required technology to activate the vehicles towing safety features which would adjust things like traction control and automatic levelling if required. Some kits also require manufacturer coding, which is something Trident Towing offer as standard – included in the supply and fit price given. 
The decision as to whether or not you need a vehicle specific kit relies as much on the age of the vehicle as it does your personal preference. We advise that if the vehicle is still covered under the manufactures warranty that you have a vehicle specific kit fitted, should you not have this the manufacturers can invalidate the warranty. More information on the vehicle specific kits can be found by clicking here. <http://www.rightconn...s.co.uk/canbus>
 
I have seen on here that someone says in a few threads that these dedicated wiring kits sometimes need to be activated at the dealers, however it appears this kit doesn’t need that. Is that correct?
 
Also what can I expect from this kit? Will I get a buzzer when I indicate? Will the convers display on my dashboard state that it has detected a trailer? Will convers tell me that TSP has been activated? What do those of you with factory fitted towbars see?
 
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#2 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 08:49 PM

Some kits will have a buzzer and some of the dedicated ones will flash the indicators on

the tow vehicle faster, The same as if a car bulb was out.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

I have the 'rightconnections' kit fitted and it works fine, the fitter said that they did the bit that the dealer would normally do. As expected the rear fog lights on the car dont come on when the trailer is connected but is there any way to check that it has altered the VSA accordingly (short of driving like a nutter with the trailer and seeing if it kicks in)? Also the kit doesnt have a buzzer and so doesnt give any notification that there is a trailer attached, I tow a small trailer that isnt always visible in the rear mirror so it would be nice to have a dashboard notification or a buzzer.

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 11:19 PM

I believe many specialist tow bar fitters can now update car electronics system without needing a visit to a main dealer. This means there is no need for a secondary buzzer for indicators - the car knows a trailer is attached and the bulb failure warning system automatically extends to cover the trailer ( you could check this by removing a bulb from the trailer when attached, and this should trigger warning on dash). Similarly, rear parking sensors are automatically deactivated. The esp should also have been updated, but, as you say, it would be very difficult (foolhardy) to check this, and I suspect very few would be able to tell the difference anyway.
My previous Mk 4 hatch had factory fit detachable towbar and 13 pin electrics and worked this way. My present 4.5 estate tit x was fitted with detachable witter towbar and 13 pin by dealer using subcontractor. He used non dedicated electrics which I refused to accept and dealer then removed and fitted Ford harness/wiring and updated electronics via IDS (at no extra cost).
(Only just seen this thread so apologies if I'm telling you what you already know)

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 04:17 PM

Hi All,

 

I am in the process of fitting a tow bar and electrics to my 2.2 Tit X Estate and have been reading all I can find regarding the electrics. Decided to go for the Ford kit and managed to get a part number: 1740021 for £61.66 which is the wiring loom, the chap then asked me if I wanted the relay, what relay I asked, he wasn't sure whether I should need it or not, so the question is "do I". He gave me a part number: 1755427 and said it would cost another £126.00 !!

So hoping I don't need it. Any thoughts?

 

Ron.



#6 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 08:33 PM

Will you be charging an aux battery as you drive?

 

That part number is showing as a modern 13 pin socket not the old style 7 pin.

 

What socket does your trailer have?   You may need to swap sockets.

 

The Ford wiring kit you bought is not made by Ford it will be one of the main towbar

manufacturers like Witter or Westfalia. Put in a Ford box and hiked the price up.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for the reply Purple_2L_LX,

 

Maybe towing a caravan so charging an aux battery would be a bonus, I can use a spliter for the socket so it can be used for either sockets.

I haven't bought the wiring kit yet, just collecting part numbers and prices but these were supplied by a Ford main dealer so I would expect them to be OEM and not third party.

 

Regards,

 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 05:20 PM

OEM = original equipment manufacturer.  Ford dont actually make many parts

themselves.  Most stuff is bought in and they dont make towbars.

 

Westfalia or Witter will be the OEM company.


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