: 12V supply in trunk?
02-14-2009, 01:17 PM
Just wondering, does anyone know of something in the 09 sedan trunk that is 12v and always on?
I'm trying to hook up some interior lights for the back and just stash the wiring in the trunk for simplicity
Do I have to end up dragging a wire from the front?
02-14-2009, 04:17 PM
I put an Escape power point receptacle in my '08. I ran the hot wire from an unused 20 or 30 amp-hot all the time-fused source in the fuse panel under the steering column. There are several unused, fused take offs in the panel. Check out the Owner's Manual.
02-14-2009, 09:19 PM
so I do have to run a wire from the front.. [?|]
got a suggestion on how to route the wire so it doesn't get in the way?
02-14-2009, 09:39 PM
under the carpet, its really easy especially if you unclip the bac seat there are two little levers under te bottom of the back seat that unclip it really easy and you are able to get under the carpet extremly easy.
02-14-2009, 10:12 PM
you mean the last layer of carpet or the floor mat carpet?
Also about the spare fuses in the fusebox up front
I see in the manual it says it is spare and not used but does that mean I can hook something up to it or is it "spare" like it's just a holder holding a spare fuse for you
02-14-2009, 11:10 PM
Well as for the carpet you can get all the way down to the metal by popin out the seat it seriously will take u 1 min first try and 25 secs all other trys , and it pops right bac in in like 10 sec.
As for the fuses I belive they are active, but I just use a add a circuit from local autozone and connect in to a fuse being used so that I know a head of time if its on only when the car is on instead of always power.
02-14-2009, 11:52 PM
well actually I think I'd want to tap my map lights for what I'm doing but
I have no freakin idea how to take the damn map light thing out
and I dunno how to take the roof cover off.
02-15-2009, 12:28 AM
All the unused circuits I tested were hot-some all the time some keyed. I just tucked the wire under the kick panel, door sill trim panels, and rear seat/trunk panel. It's easy!
02-15-2009, 09:50 AM
Ok I'll go take a look at it now
I want to get it done before it gets dark today so I can test out the lights
I've never added anything to the existing fusebox on a vehicle before so this is going to be something new for me
02-15-2009, 11:21 AM
find the switch that turns the trunk light on when the trunk is opened.. and tap into that line BEFORE the switch.. it is a 12v constent.
02-16-2009, 07:46 PM
do you know where it is?
I see the cable going to the light but where or what does the switch look like?
Ok how bout the fusebox up front near the brake pedal
How do I attach a wire to the current spare fuses?
I've never done this before and dunno how to do this.
02-16-2009, 10:28 PM
just take the wire and jam it in there nice and tight then put the fuse back in.. or get a little push connector to make it pretty.. then do the rest.
just follow the wire if you look around long enough you'll see it, don't be afriad to pull up the carpet
02-17-2009, 12:23 AM
hah I like that way.. jam the wire in the thing and stick the fuse back in
I jam the Postive in there right? and does it matter which side it's put in?
Where would I stick the Negative?
about following the wire, you talking about the trunk light's wire?
if so will it be so obvious I know it's the switch?
02-23-2009, 11:14 AM
most of them already have lights in there that activate when you open the trunk. i just hooked my lights right up to that so they come on when the trunk is opened
02-24-2009, 07:55 AM
My lights are for the rear interior though.. Can't drive around with the trunk open or opening the trunk for lights
I guess I'll just route some wire to the map light up front.. which is the way it's supposed to be..