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Unread 06-16-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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Cherokee XJ tow wires cut...?

I recently bought a 1996 Cherokee XJ and it had what looks like factory tow on it....I hooked up a open car trailer I have to see if all the lights on the trailer are working ok..I plug it in and no lights...

So I look way under the Jeep and stuck up under the frame out of sight I find what you see in the pic...first question is why would the previous owner or owners cut them and if I take it to a local trailer shop can you tell me, from looking at the photo, if this is an easy and inexpensive fix or not?

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Unread 06-16-2010, 12:43 AM   #2
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Who really knows why a PO does anything to their car/truck. As for fixing it as long as they didn't butcher the jeeps harness it should be a easy fix. If you have the tools and time you can also do it at home.
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Unread 06-16-2010, 01:13 AM   #3
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Ok, thank you!
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Unread 06-21-2010, 10:26 AM   #4
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I would bet they bought the hitch aftermarket and the guy he bought it from cut it off the jeep.
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Unread 06-21-2010, 11:22 AM   #5
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If it were me, and I am, I'd still check the socket with a meter and make sure it's not shorting inside. Only other reason I could think of for someone to see that as a rational fix. I'd probably still swap the socket out for one that has the 4 flat right next to it. I tow 50/50 with either the large plug or the 4 flat and not having to remember where I put the adapter has been pretty nice.
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Unread 06-23-2010, 12:41 PM   #6
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I would bet they bought the hitch aftermarket and the guy he bought it from cut it off the jeep.
This morning I dropped the Jeep off to the local trailer place and they told me it looked like someone had installed that hitch aftermarket and then decided not to hook it up/use it.

I picked up the Jeep this afternoon and $90.00 and change later I'm all set...and that included the adapter to go from 7 to 4...

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Unread 07-14-2010, 02:30 AM   #7
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I would bet the PO cut the 3 to 2 adapter out. Since the trailer only has a running light, left-brake/turn, right-brake/turn, and ground, and the Cherokee has left brake, left turn, right brake, right turn, and running, you need an adapter to keep from cross-feeding the brake/turn signals. They can range from $30 to 100. I'd wager the PO didn't want to give it away.
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