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I’m looking to add a tow hitch to my 2017 MKX, and want to use the Ford/Lincoln bar.  Is there a plug-and-play Ford package for the wiring?  If not, what parts do I need?  [The parts department at the local dealer was less than useless in this department.]. 

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Good choice going with the factory hitch with its higher-mounted receiver tube, compared to aftermarkets that are typically rated at higher capacities that exceed the MKX's chassis capabilities.

 

Ford offers a trailer hitch wiring harness, FT1Z-15A416-A, that requires wire splicing and is recommended for installation by dealership technicians only. I have attached Ford's installation instructions for the Edge model, to provide you a sense of the technical complexity involved.

 

For true plug and play experience, you may want to view this comparison of two aftermarket kits, and the individual product listings that include videos of MKX-specific installations. Based on your earlier Forum posts, I expect you will enjoy the simplicity of the aftermarket kits over the Ford splice-in harness, if you are planning a do-it-yourself installation.

 

You may already be aware that the factory-installed Tow Package provides upgrades only to the engine cooling system (larger radiator and cooling fans) and AdvanceTrac Trailer Sway Control logic, which are costly dealer-installed additions (I know, I've paid for them) that your trailer weight may not require.

 

If you eventually tow more frequently, adding a transmission cooler can be a good 'insurance' item, this one being a good choice with its tubing size that matches MKX transmission lines, and remember to change drivetrain fluids about twice as often as the normal service schedule.

 

As you mentioned in an earlier post, your MKX's 2.7L Ecoboost will affect your trailering experience.

 

Good luck! 

 

Ford Trailer Tow Wiring Kit - FT1Z15A416A - 2015-2018 Edge Installation Instructions.pdf

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Excellent response Haz...welcome to the forum.

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Thanks for the post and for sharing your expertise.  This is very helpful.

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Our 2015 MKX cooling system upgrade was done using dealer-sourced Motorcraft radiator ($213) & cooling fans ($328) to gain the 2-year parts and labor warranty on those components, and I supplied the above-referenced transmission fluid cooler ($54), 1/2" ID transmission cooler hose ($40/8 ft), and cooler mounts ($5).

 

Installation labor for all that and a wiring upgrade for the higher-amp cooling fans was 7 hours ($700).

 

Because the 26,000 miles MKX is new-to-me, and I want to maximize life of its original internal water pump, I also had them flush and refill with new engine coolant.

 

Including a few minor parts (hose clamps, connector, fuse), but not including sales tax, the total bill was just over $1,300.

 

I'm fortunate that a prior owner paid to have the Motorcraft hitch bar ($210)and trailer wiring kit ($92) installed by his dealership (labor cost unknown), and all this demonstrates the bargain that a factory-installed Tow Package ($510 in 2015) represents.

 

Good luck!

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