By Wand Agency
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer
installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Today we are going to be installing wiring harness part number 118480 on a 2009 Nissan Rogue. We have opened up the rear hatch of the vehicle and we are going to go ahead and point out where we need to locate the connection points for our wiring harness. The connection points are actually located behind the tail light assemblies, on the inside of the vehicle, behind these panels, on both sides of the vehicle. To gain access to those, we are going to need to remove quite a few items here from the rear end of the vehicle. To release these screws here, you actually want to align the arrows. There is an arrow here on the inboard side, along with the arrow on the knob. If you align those two, it will allow these two clips to release. There are also three screws here that are holding this compartment in that we are going to need to remove as well.
OK, once we have got the interior removed, the connection point we are looking for is going to be right behind here, so we will need to go ahead and pop these panels back. To do so, I am just going to take a basic pry tool and release the push rivets that are inside here on the inner wall. Then I am just going to pry this away. And you can see right here, attached behind the wiring harness, is the white connector that we are looking for. So we are going to locate that one on the drivers side as well. We will start by disconnecting those on both sides, and we will go ahead and plug our harness in line. Here on the drivers side we want to plug in the connector with the yellow and brown wires. And you can see here we have got a white wire with a ring terminal on it that is our ground connection. We are going to need to find a suitable grounding point for this. As you can see just above where we connected our T-connector there is a common grounding point. We can go ahead and tap this in right there.
Now we will take the connector that has the red and green wires we will route it behind the threshold piece that we removed here, and then plug it into the passengers side to the attaching point. And the next thing we want to do is take our Modulite box - and you can see we have got an open-ended red wire here - that is going to be the positive lead. Then we are actually going to connect the black bundle of wire that comes with the installation kit, too, and we are going to route that all the way to the front and hook it to the positive side of the battery. We will go ahead and tape it up. Then next we want to find a suitable mounting point for the Modulite box itself. You can see on the back side it has got double-sided tape. I am going to go ahead and adhere that in behind here on the drivers side.
The 4-pole portion of the harness is actually going to stay inside the vehicle. So, we will leave that sitting inside here for the time being. And again, next we are going to go ahead and figure out which grommet we are going to use. And after looking underneath the vehicle, it looks like it is a good grommet location for us to run our wire through. What I am going to do is go ahead and take the grommet itself, and I am just going to puncture a little hole right in the middle and then just run the black wire through that, underneath the vehicle. And then we can just pop our grommet right back into place. We are pretty much done inside the vehicle now and we can go ahead and put the interior back together. Then we will go back under the vehicle and route our wire up to the battery. And then for storage, again, we are just going to leave it in this compartment here. Just pull it out when you want to go ahead and use it. Close the hatch on it it is not going to hurt anything. The weatherstripping will keep it from getting pinched. Again, when you want to go ahead and store it, you can just leave it inside here.
OK, we are back underneath the vehicle now, and we are getting ready to route our black wire up to the front of the vehicle, up to the battery. You want to make sure that when routing the wire you avoid any pinch points or hot spots. OK, now we are up under the hood, and you can see we have got our wire routed all the way up to the battery. We are going to go ahead and make our connection here to the positive side of the battery. What we are actually going to use to make our connection is the fuse holder here. What we are going to do is cut it in half, and on the one end we will apply this ring terminal and connect it directly to the battery. On the other end we will apply the butt connector and butt connect it to the black wire here. OK, and then we are just going to attach the black wire. I am going to go ahead, since I have got extra length, I am just going to go ahead and cut it down a little bit. And you always want to give it a good tug to make sure you have got a nice, strong connection there. You supply the fuse into the fuse holder. And then we just want to go ahead and suture up any loose wires that we may have left over, and our installation will be complete. This will conclude the installation of wiring harness part number 118480 on a 2009 Nissan Rogue.