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Draw-Tite Brake Controller for the 2003 Lincoln Aviator

Draw-Tite Brake Controller

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Code:   5500



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Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 2003 Lincoln Aviator

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your Lincoln Aviator. Digital display is simple to read. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes manual override.


  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes with preset intensity
    • Signal is sent to trailer brakes when tow vehicle's brakes are activated
  • Adjustable output control lets you determine the amount of braking force
    • Set to maximum when you travel through hilly terrain with a fully loaded trailer
    • Back off the power output when you tow a lightweight trailer
  • Sync setting lets you adjust the aggressiveness with which the brakes are activated
    • Get full power output faster by moving switch forward to increase activation speed
    • Achieve smoother braking by moving switch in opposite direction to supply power gradually
  • Digital display is easy to read
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick and easy installation
    • No need to mount level like proportional brake controllers
    • Mounting bracket, wiring harness and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 3-3/16" wide x 6-1/8" long x 1-1/4" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Time-Delayed Braking

The Activator II applies your trailer's brakes when the brake pedal in your tow vehicle is engaged. Every time you apply the brakes in your Lincoln Aviator, a signal is sent - via the brake switch - to the Activator. The controller then sends power out to your trailer brakes to activate them with an intensity set by you, at a rate determined by you. Both the amount of braking power (output) and rate of application (sync) can be adjusted to suit your preference, the road conditions, type of trailer and size of the load. To determine which levels are best for your application, you must test out your towing setup and choose what feels best.

A time-delay controller is so named because there is a delay between the time that you initially apply the brakes in your tow vehicle and the time that the controller reaches maximum power output. Unlike a proportional brake controller, which activates your trailer's brakes based on the deceleration of your tow vehicle, the Activator sends power out in the same way, with the same gradual delay, no matter the braking situation. Although this delay always exists, it can be adjusted by changing the sync setting.

Sync Settings

To adjust the aggressiveness of your trailer's braking action, use the slide control on the side of the Activator II to change the sync setting. If you want to reach maximum power output faster, move the switch forward. To get smoother braking action, move the switch backward, thus supplying power to the trailer brakes more gradually. You can alter the sync setting to suit your driving preferences or to improve handling based on changing road conditions or varied trailer loads.

Quick, Simple Installation

Because inertia plays no role in the functioning of this controller, you do not have to mount the unit at any particular angle. As a result, mounting options are limitless, so long as you can still easily access the controller.

Installation of the Activator II requires that you either purchase a custom wiring adapter designed to plug into the controller or that you hardwire the controller directly into your Lincoln Aviator. To hardwire the Activator, you must remove the plug at the end of the integrated wiring harness.

Installation Accessories

For easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your Lincoln Aviator, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.

Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Lincoln Aviator, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications

See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your Lincoln Aviator.

5500 Draw-Tite Act II Time-Delay Trailer Brake Control

Same as Reese Brakeman Digital - 83500

Video of Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed

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Video Transcript for Activator II Trailer Brake Controller by Draw-Tite and Reese Review

Today we are going to show you part # 5500 from Draw-Tite. This is an Activator II brake controller. This is a time delayed brake controller. Basically what it means is that power is set at a predetermined rate that you control. And then you control also through a slide lever how soon the power comes on. You can set it for a half second or a whole second before the power in the brakes kick in and activate. This brake controller can handle up to 4 brake axles. It does have digital output indicator. It will also tell you if you have an overload situation or a short in your wires somewhere in your brake line. This unit is 100 percent solid state with no moving parts, so you can mount it anyway you like it, upside down, sideways it does not matter. It is really great in smaller vehicles with very limited space to sit in. Next we will cover how it works.

Basically we will apply power to this brake controller and show you how it works. It shows you on a digital display or scale of 1 to 10 how much power you are using. And again, this little wheel right here will show you how much power you are actually using. We will start it at 10, then we can wheel it back down to about 5. Also on the side here you have a manual override. So if you ever have to activate the brakes on the trailer itself, simply just slide the lever over and it goes up to whatever you have it limited to. And then on the side here, we have these little slide levers and they control the time delay itself. It shows it on the display on a scale of 1 to 9. Hold your brake down and let it run up to whichever setting you have and then slide this lever and it will show you on a scale from 0 all the way up to 9. You can set it anywhere in between. Again that controls how soon the brakes come on. Setting it at 0 you can see just how slow it is watching the display. Now we will show you the opposite with the setting on 9, pretty fast.

This brake controller comes with complete directions. It works on a simple 4 wire hook up like most brake controllers. So basically you will be running the 12 volt power wire is the black one. Your stop light wire will be your red wire. The blue wire will run out and connect to a trailer and the white wire will go to the ground. The kit also comes with a mounting bracket that installs on your dash. Again, you can mount this anyway you want because it is solid state so you dont have to worry about that. It gives you a lot of freedom of where to put the bracket at. Also has a hardware package here that has screws that attach the controller to the bracket and the bracket to the dash. Then 1 quick splice to connect to your red wire to connect to the cold side of your brake light switch. There you have it for part number 5500 from Draw Tite. The Activator II electronic brake controller

Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Time Delayed - 5500

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (73 Customer Reviews)

Electronic controller activates electric trailer brakes with a preset intensity when you apply the brakes in your vehicle. Digital display is simple to read. Power output and braking aggressiveness are easily adjustable. Includes manual override.

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by: RZ12/06/2013

Great product. Easy to research and compare to other products on etrailer.com. Easy to buy, prompt shipping, easy to install. Works as advertised. A+++ experience. 109450

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by: Keith P01/13/2013

Easy to install, works great 62851



Keith P - 07/14/2014


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by: Simon H.02/06/2012

This hand break is exactly what I was looking for. I had one on an old truck that I had sold and wanted to put one in one of my newer trucks. I kind of knew what to expect - what I didn't expect was the exceptional customer service I received from etrailer. I placed my order and the people at etrailer kept me informed on every step of the delivery process up to and including delivery (even what door it was delivered to at my house) Now that's what I call service!! Will definitely use etrailer again!! Thank you 31219

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by: ed j07/20/2014

Install on my 2014 Frontier could not have been easier. I just plugged in the NIssan wiring adapter and it was working. Only challenge was finding good location for mounting. My solution was to use a couple of strips of stick on velcro to attach it to the console side. Picture attached. 142287

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by: Brandon09/19/2013

Works awesome very easy install and great service from etrailer !! 100657

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by: Maribeth R.10/16/2014

This brake controller was remarkably easy to install and worked well right out of the box. I followed the recommendation of etrailer for my make and model of truck, a 2000 Chevy Suburban, and everything was exactly as depicted in the video. After viewing the video I felt as if I had done it before when I went to install my device. I was surprised that it really was as easy as it had appeared in the video. Great job, etrailer! I will definitely be back! 156382

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by: Ron04/15/2013

Great brake controller. Bought the adapter plug and had it installed and ready to go in the truck in less than 30 mins. Easy to set and adjust. Customer service was great. Needed it shipped to me fast. Called and the lady in customer service made sure it was shipped that day and arrived to me in 2 days. She sent me emails making sure I knew when it shipped. Great company to deal with. Would definitely order from them again. 76020

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by: Dan M.04/29/2013

Product is simple and strait forward to install. Controls are simple and doesn't take a lot of messing around with to get the hang of. My only gripe is that I wish instead of having self tapping screws to mount to the car, it came with bolts/nuts. That way you don't have a pointy screw protruding out the back of a panel and possibly running through what's behind the panel or rubbing on other wires. 78265

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by: Paul V.09/04/2012

Installing this into my 2005 Tahoe was a breeze. If you just follow the directions and check out etrailers videos you should have no problem. I went from a small popup to a bigger hybrid so I had to get the EBC system. This sure beats taking it to the RV or Dealer store and paying retail plus labor. Thanks etrailer.com 53924

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by: James W06/21/2013

Sir, I recieved the brake controller & wiring harness promptly & the unit was well packaged. Yesterday I installed the controller on my 2002 Ford 150 pickup. Everything went well and the harness plugged right in. Iam very well pleased with the unit & the service I recieved from your company. Many thanks, James 85408

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by: K Maconachy01/30/2012

The Product was easily to find on your site. I was able to browse controllers specifically for my truck. The controller arrived as expecteed. I was kept informed on the order, shipment and delivery, and it came right when you said it would. It installed easily in about 1/2 hour. All the tests we did worked well. 30629

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by: Shawn H05/14/2013

Break controller works perfect. I also bought a 7 way as my truck didn't have one installed only a 4pole. Ordered the etcb7 kit but didn't wait for it to come went to local hardware store and automotive store and bought the wire and breakers had it all wired in a few hours( weather wouldn't cooperate) 80128

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by: Royal D.11/08/2013

A high quality brake controller. I like the simplicity of a time delay controller. 106802

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by: Chris S.03/23/2012

This is the second Activator II controller I've ordered/installed from e-Trailer. It took considerably less time than you state on your website. My experience with this product has been great and I would recommend it to anyone needing a break controller. 34866

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by: Tim S.06/18/2012

If you desire a simplistic brake controller with no frills, this is it. It is a good value for the money. The installation instructions are very limited, would not recommend this to be installed by someone needing a lot of instruction help. 44619

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by: Jim P01/03/2015

Ease of installation and adjustment was very good.having run both types of brake controllers in the past,being able to make all adjustments as to amount and duty cycle time works out better for me.great product at a great price... 167628

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by: Kory05/18/2012

My 2004 Chevy was equipped with trailer towing, so I ordered this controller with the harness made for my pickup. I could not believe how simple it was to install! I put it to use with my camper and it works flawlessly. 40899

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by: Joseph R.02/12/2012

Easy installation; easy to use and understand; works great with my Chevy Tahoe and Fleetwood Mallard Trailer...I would highly recommend this product and etrailer.com for quick, easy shipment at a fair price. 31657

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by: Cecil11/18/2013

plug n play made it easy make sure to order harness to fit your auto 20 minutes a d I was pulling trailer to test controller out worked perfect shipping fast AAA service and product very satisfied 107764

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by: jimmer06/21/2009

Love the digital display! Digital display is now a requirement when I order a brake controller. It is amazing how much better brake control I have knowing before hand how much brake will be applied. 2017

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by: Terry09/26/2012

Top notch products,Service and Customer service help line. You guys know your stuff. Thank you so much for the help everything went flawless and works perfect. Thank you so much. Terry 55847

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by: max.c07/19/2012

ordered on a monday afternoon, received my order on wed after 3 pm...everything was in good condition..these are really good people...thank you so much for the fast service......max 48479

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Bob09/30/2009

Nice product, easy to use Easy to use an upgrade from my Activator I unit. Has the same manual brake control that failed on the Activator I unit. Hopefully this one does not fail. 2438

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by: William J06/29/2013

EASY installation, functions perfectly so far, and like the ability to fine tune brakes depending upon load. Service from etrailer excellent, as has always been my experience. 86734

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by: Darrell F.04/25/2012

Great Product, VERY Easy to install. The only thing I would change is the length of the pig tail. The short length of the pigtail limits your options of product placement. 38289

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by: Ken03/22/2011

The item appears to be well made and as expected. I'm having some difficulties, but with my camper, not with the unit. Probably not a really useful review. 10133

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by: Brett D01/25/2011

Had the same controller for years, it has worked well. I pull a 4 axle 24,000 # trailer with disc brakes on all four axles. simple, reliable, and inexpensive. 6083

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by: Eric S.12/21/2012

This is the 2nd truck I have installed this same model controller in and it seemed to work well in the last. Hope this one works as well as the last. 61840

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by: Randy D.03/20/2011

Easy to install. simple instructions, I have it wired up but just have not towed anything yet to get the settings set for my application. 9878

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by: Gary M08/23/2012

Installed in Frontiier quickly with no problems,us the recommended adapter .Good product,quick shipping and great company to work with. 52747

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by: Nick08/13/2014

Was very impressed with the fast delivery and ease of the installation. It works better than I thought it would. Thank you! 146575

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by: Daniel Johnson08/14/2013

Great product works as described. Installation is a little more involved than I thought but can be done in a couple of hours. 94965

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by: m.martinez08/19/2014

nice product and easy installation and thank u jean 4 your help on customer services the video was veryyyyyyyyyyy helpful 147471

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by: Jason P.03/05/2012

Very easy to install. Works very well. I like the digital number readout to show power level being applied to brakes. 33134

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by: V1001/16/2014

Great product...I am still using one that has been moved from vehicle to vehicle. Now i need one for my new truck!! 113928

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by: Stan R06/28/2012

Quality product. The video of how to install clinches the deal. Setup instructions worked perfectly. 46016

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by: chad01/29/2012

Love it.... Installed in my 2011 chevy in about 5 min and it works great. Recommend to anyone 30502

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by: Jere05/25/2013

Easy to install and fits very nicely in my 2005 Dodge Ram 2500. I would buy this again. 81980

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by: stephen02/12/2013

Fast delivery - the added information and troubleshooting Q&A really helps on this site 65867

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by: ty b07/11/2011

thank you for the fast delivery ,and for the easy installation vid was a breeze,ty 19110

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by: Ronnie09/04/2013

Very simple installation... Exceptional Quality.. Very fast shipping!! Thanks! 98163

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by: Armando A.09/26/2011

Great prices, quality products, great customer service and reasonable shipping!!! 24682

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by: bill h.08/17/2012

this controller is great. etrailer delivery, packaging, pricing were ALL great... 52068

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by: mark02/06/2013

Delivered it fast ,description was good havnt had time to install it yet 65194

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by: Randy04/26/2012

Controler works great, hook up was a snap with the plug and play harness. 38465

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by: Linwood04/04/2013

Arrived on time and fitting/mounting was a snap. Thanks etrailer! 74193

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by: Wilderness03/12/2014

Received product in just a few days and everything was as promised. 120345

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by: Ashley B.09/26/2011

Works great, very easy to use, and very easy to install thanks 24632

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by: chris naujokas08/13/2014

great products quick shipping ! will do business with again! 146596

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by: Craig R02/13/2012

Great controller, we install it on almost every system we do. 31686

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  • What Does OL Error Mean on the Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller
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  • Since you already have the factory wiring harness that plugs into the port on the truck, making the remaining connections will be easy. The colors on the wiring harness may not much those on the brake controller but I can give you a quick run down of the various functions to figure it out. On your factory harness, if looking at the back of the plug where the wires come out, and with the clip facing up, the wire on the far right is ground and attaches to the brake controller white wire....
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  • On a 2003 Chevy Silverado, there should be a port located on the driver side, under the dash, to the left of the brake pedal. You will need to remove the black cover to reveal the ports. You will use the second port from the left on the top row to connect the Draw-Tite Activator II Time Delayed Brake Controller with GM Adapter, # 5500 and # 3015-P. If your truck does not have a factory installed 7-Way, you would also need to add Twist-in, 7-Pole, RV-Style Trailer Connector, # PK11916....
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Wire Harness for Trailer Brakes
  • There are a few things you will need to do under the hood of your 2004 Chevy Silverado before you will have power at the wiring harness. You will need to remove the bracket in the corner closest to the driver (see pic step A on the link below that I attached). Next, you will need to remove the top cover of the Accessory Fuse Block. Next, remove the lower cover to the fuses. Next, you will want to locate the blue and red wires that are normally located next to the fuse block on the...
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  • Installing Activator II Brake Controller Part # 5100 on 2007 Chevy Silverado
  • In the 2007 model year, GM offered two Silverado models. The Silverado Classic used the older body style from the previous model year. To install a brake controller on this vehicle, a wiring adapter like part # 20264 is used. If you have the factory supplied wiring adapter, the wire colors are different as you have found. The red wire on the factory adapter connects to the black brake controller wire, the light blue wire on the harness attaches to the red controller wire, the black harness...
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  • Should the Blue Wire On a Trailer Brake Controller Always Show 12 Volts of Power
  • A brake controller sends voltage back along the blue wire to sense if a trailer is connected or not. However, 12 volts is very high for this function and there may be a short to the blue wire. You can test the controller by severing the blue wire a few inches from the back of the controller. Use a circuit tester, like # 3808 if needed, to test the end still attached to the controller. It should only show a signal when you apply the manual override. If it shows a signal at any other time...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller Blue Wire has Constant 12V Power
  • Your instinct about how there should not be 12 volt power all the time on the blue wire of the Activator II, # 5500, is correct. I have included a link to the installation details below for reference. You will need to test the brake controller wiring using a multimeter (something that can measure a minimal amount of volts), like # BTMT15. Check the red wire connection. It should be attached to the wire on the stop light switch that only has voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. If...
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  • Recommended Hitch, Brake Controller and Towing Accessories for 2006 Chevy Express Van
  • For a hitch, I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class III receiver hitch, part # 75189. This hitch offers a 5000 lb towing/ 500 lb tongue weight capacity. For greater capacity, a Curt Class IV is available, part # 14090. The Class IV offers a 12,000 lb towing/ 1200 lb tongue capacity. The hitch capacity could be higher than the actual capacity of the vehicle itself, please check the owners manual for the stated capacity of the vehicle. I would recommend a proportional brake controller like...
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  • Installing a Draw-Tite Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Truck
  • It is strange that the Draw-Tite brake controller has 5 wires instead of 4. White should be the ground. Red is the input from the brake switch. Blue is out put to the trailer brakes. And my best guess is that orange is the power wire. You would need to use a circuit tester like # 3808 to test the wires on the truck side to be sure. Brake controller wiring is normally black, white, red, and blue. The other option is to use # 22292 to plug into the truck if you have an F-150 or # 3034-P...
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