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  • Can I Use the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller # C51110 in my 2011 Ford Expedition
  • Yes, the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller, # C51110, will work on your 2011 Ford Expedition. In addition to the controller, you will need the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, # C51322. This plug-in wiring adapter allows for quick and easy installation. As long as your Expedition is equipped with a factory 7-way, just mount the brake controller up under the dash, plug one end of the harness into the controller and the other end into the port up under the dash, and you are ready to go. If...
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  • Hopkins Reliance E1 Error Code Appears After Display Ramps Up Power to Trailer Brakes
  • The E1 error code on the Reliance brake controller indicates that a trailer is not connected. If the trailer IS connected and you get the E1 code, a probable cause is a dirty trailer connector. Check the trailer connector on the trailer and on the vehicle. Clean out any dirt or corrosion. Corrosion can build up behind the connectors where the wires attach as well. The numbers counting up is normal on a time-delay brake controller. It is counting up to full power. It can be adjusted how...
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  • Wiring in a Curt Trailer Brake Controller to a 1999 Ford F-150
  • Actually you have a couple of options. First, you could use harness # C51322 in place of the harness for your 1999 Ford F-150. It will plug into the Curt brake controller and the truck. This is the easiest option. The other option is to cut off the plug on the Curt brake controller # C51120 and hardwire it to the Ford harness. You would have to know the functions of the wires on the Ford harness. It may be labeled or printed on the harness. If your Ford harness has Red, Light Green,...
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  • 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller Installation on 2003 Ford F150
  • To install a 7-way on your F150, use the Tow Ready # 118242 wiring harness. To plug in the harness, you'd simply trace the wiring from your factory 4-pole back to where it plugs in on the frame rail. Separate that connection, and plug the # 118242 inline. Ground the white wire with the ring terminal to the trailer frame, and install the fuses and relays per the instructions. The connector that the # 3035-P plugs into would be located under the dash, usually near the diagnostic port....
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  • Location of Brake Controller Install Connector on 1994 Ford F250
  • If your truck is equipped with the factory 7-way or 4-pole trailer connector, then the brake controller install port will be present. It's usually located under the dash up and to the right of the diagnostic port. Look above and to the right of where your right knee would be if you were sitting in the driver's seat. If you have the factory 7-way, all you'll need to do is mount the controller, and plug in the # 3035-P wiring adapter, and you'll be set. If your truck has the factory 4-pole,...
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  • 3065-P Brake Controller Wiring Adapter Needed to Install Tekonsha P3 in 2005 Ford F350
  • To install your P3 brake controller on your 2005 Ford F350, you'd need the # 3065-P brake controller wiring adapter. One end of the connector would plug into the rear of the controller, the other would plug into the connector under the dash. For a 2005 model, the connector is located behind the storage cubby right above the ashtray. Pull the storage pocket out from the dash, and the connector will be clipped to the rear of the pocket, as shown in the photo I've provided for you.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter # 3035-P to Install Tekonsha P3 on 2012 Ford Expedition
  • In order to install the Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller # 90195 in your 2012 Expedition, you'll need the brake controller wiring adapter, part # 3035-P. The adapter would plug into the tow package port located under the steering column. You might also be interested in a replacement mounting bracket, part # TK5906 which would allow you to quickly remove the controller so you can install it on your other vehicle.
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  • LED Staying Red on Brake Controller with Brake Pedal Released Troubleshooting
  • It sounds like your brake controller hasn't been leveled properly if you are unable to get it to go green. With the trailer connected find the power control knob on the right side of the controller and turn it clockwise toward the front of the vehicle until the maximum setting is reached. Next, press the brake pedal and hold it. Look at the bi-colored LED on the control. If the light is green in color, find the level knob on the left side of the control and rotate it counter clockwise...
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  • P3 Brake Controller Shows Output Short on 2005 Ford F-350 Towing 5th Wheel Trailer
  • I would agree it does sound like a short on the truck. The most likely culprit is a dirty or corroded trailer connector. You will want to make sure that the truck side and trailer side connectors are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. It sounds like you are using harness # 3065-P on your 2005 Ford F-350 so I doubt that it is the harness or where it plugs into the vehicle but you may want to check that connection just to make sure there is do dirt or dust in there causing this issue.
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  • Troubleshooting Reese Towpower 74643 Brakeman Digital Brake Controller
  • The first thing that I would do is to check and make sure that the 7 way on both your 1997 Ford F250 and the trailer are free of dirt, moisture, and corrosion. If both look good, I recommend checking the ground connection on your truck. A weak ground will only support a limited current draw. You will want to check to make sure that the ground wire on your truck is secured tightly to a clean metal surface without any paint or corrosion. I have also attached a troubleshooting guide...
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for a 2013 Ford F150
  • The correct brake controller install harness to install a Tekonsha brake controller like the P2 brake controller part # 90885 in your 2013 Ford F150 would be the part # 22292. I attached an install video for this harness for you to check out as well.
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  • Relay and Fuse Locations for a Brake Controller on a Jayco RV Built on Ford E-450 Chassis
  • I wasn't certain which year E-450 chassis the motor home was built on so I checked online copies of the owner's manuals for 2013 and 2014. According to the manual in the fuses section the brake controller fuse is in location 18 in the power distribution box and location 33 in the in-cab fuse box. I did not see anything about a relay though. I am not sure if the RV cutaway models are different so you will need to check your owner's manual to confirm.
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  • Replacing OEM Brake Controller on 2006 Ford F350 w/ One That's Electric Over Hydraulic Compatible
  • There is indeed a wiring adapter harness available. For a brake controller that's compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes, you can't go wrong with the Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 which you'd use with the # 3065-P harness. You'll need to unplug the connector from the rear of the OEM controller, and plug it into the 3065-P harness which would in turn plug into the P3. An error code will be shown on the dash, as the vehicle computer will continue to look for input from the disconnected...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2006 Ford F-150 Super Crew That Has Factory 4-Pole
  • To install a trailer brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 in your 2006 F-150 that has a 4-pole trailer connector you can use quick-connect adapter # 3035-P to connect the controller to the under-dash port on the truck. This connection will provide power and brake signals to the controller and route its output to the trailer. You will also need part # 37185 to provide the 7-way socket. The linked photo shows how to wire # 37185. I have also included both a video and article...
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  • Plug-In Adapter Needed for 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Curt Venturer Brake Controller
  • The correct brake controller wiring adapter for your 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac and the Curt Venturer Brake Controller, # C51110, is the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, # C51322. On the Sport Trac, the factory brake controller plug is behind the dash just above the left knee near the brake release. If your Sport Trac came with a tow package, then the plug should be active and all you will have to do is plug in and mount the brake controller and run through the setup as it is outlined...
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  • Kelsey Brake Controller Not Working with Manual Override on a 1997 Ford F-350
  • It sounds like there is a problem with the manual override lever or the electronics associated with it on your brake controller. If your Kelsey controller is the type that has a load knob on one side and the leveler knob on the other side try making adjustments to the leveler knob. I have seen controllers do strange thing when the leveler was off. If that doesn't work you can try to clean the contacts inside the controller by fully applying the manual override and then letting it snap...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2006 Ford F-150 XLT with 6-Way Trailer Connector
  • Brake controllers are not a vehicle or trailer specific item, so you can use any brake controller on the market. The brake controller I use in my truck is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, # 90885, but I'll tell you I am thinking about upgrading to the Prodigy P3, # 90195. The P2 is a great controller and I have had zero problems. It is also one of the most popular controllers on the market. The P3 comes with a few more features and a customizable display that makes setup and troubleshooting much...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Connection in 2006 Ford Explorer
  • The Ford Explorer has a 6-pin connector behind the glove box on the passenger's side. The port behind the glove box is shown in the video of the Trailer Brake Controller Installation on 2004 Ford Explorer that I have included. You can see it at the 4 minute 5 second mark. You don't 't mention what your old vehicle is so you may not have the correct wiring adapter, which is # 3035P. This adapter requires no hardwiring and is designed to plug directly into your electric brake controller...
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  • Brake Controller And Plug-In Adapter Recommendation For 2007 Ford F-150
  • Thanks for the information about your father-in-laws 2007 Ford F-150. The brake controller I recommend is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. This is our most popular brake controller because it is easy to install and use. The adapter you need to hook up the controller under the dash is part # 3035-P. One end plugs into the harness under the dash and the other simply connects to the brake controller. I have attached an installation video for a brake controller and harness...
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  • Plug In Brake Controller Wiring Harness Recommendation for a 2007 Ford F150
  • Yes, your 2007 Ford F-150 will have an under dash port that will allow you to install a brake controller. It should be located beneath the center of the dash just to the left of the OBDII port. Check out the install video I attached. The Plug-In Wiring Adapter part # 3035-P would be the correct harness to get as it would plug into this port on your truck. However, you will need to cut off the end that would normally would plug into a brake controller and then wire it color by color...
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  • Brake Controller Install on 2004 Ford F150 with Factory 7-way Trailer Connector
  • If your F150 already has a functional 7-way, all you'll need to install a brake controller would be the Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 and the wiring adapter, 3035-P. If your truck only had the 4-pole trailer connector instead, you could then use the # 118247 to install a functioning 7-way. The connector under the dash is located above and a bit to the right of the OBD port, just above where the driver's right knee would be. I've linked you to an install video that you might find helpful.
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  • Installing a Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford Escape
  • To install the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller part # 39510 in your 2014 Ford Escape you will need to splice into the cold side of the brake switch with the red wire of the controller. I attached a video that shows a brake controller being installed on a very similar Ford Escape as your 2014 model. In case you aren't sure what parts you would need you also would need a 4-way to start. For that you would want the # C56164. Now to convert that to a 7-way and install the brake controller...
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  • Tekonsha Brake Controller Installation in 2011 Ford Expedition With Factory 7-Way Connector
  • Brake controllers such as the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 and the P3 # 90195 are not vehicle-specific so either will work fine in your 2011 Ford Expedition with factory 7-Way connector. Both will use the same wiring adapter # 3035-P to connect to the under-dash port on your Expedition. Installation videos for both controllers are linked for your reference.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter For a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford E-250
  • The correct brake controller wiring adapter for the Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, # 90195, and your 2014 Ford E-250 is part # 3034-P. I have attached the installation instructions for this harness as well as a picture of the vehicle side plug for you to compare to your plug. Make sure the plug you found on the vehicle is the correct brake controller harness. The plug will be located behind an access panel in the center dash on the passenger side.
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  • Adding a 7-Way Trailer Connector to a 2014 Ford Escape with Factory 4-Way to Use RF Brake Controller
  • In order to use the Prodigy RF # 90250 you will need to install a 7-Way trailer connector on your 2014 Ford Escape. For that you will need # 37185, a 40 amp circuit breaker, # PK54540, and enough 12 gauge wire, # 12-1-1, to reach from the back of the Escape to the front. The wire is sold in increments of 1 foot. Twenty feet is recommended so you would enter 20 in the quantity box. The factory 4-Way will plug into the back of # 37185. Then you will ground the white wire to the vehicle...
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  • Rear Left Side Trailer Brakes on 2 Different Trailers Overheating Using Voyager Brake Controller
  • A brake controller such as the Voyager # 39510 sends back the same voltage to all of the trailer brakes equally so there really isn't a way that it could be the problem. It is strange that it is the rear brake and not the front brake since the front brake would get the power first. It could be an issue with the trailer connector on the 2012 Ford van. If there is corrosion on the pins or inside of the trailer connector that could be producing a short. To test the brake controller...
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  • Installation Video for Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 on 2001 Ford F-250
  • Yes, the same installation process shown in our video for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885 on a 2000 Ford F-250 will also apply to your 2001 Ford F-250. Our local customers that come in for installations allow us to record the process and this is where our videos come from. We haven't had the chance to install a Prodigy P2 on a 2001 Ford F-250 as of yet. When installing the P2 on your F-250, I recommend using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric...
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  • Wiring Adapter for Installing Curt # C51120 Discovery Brake Controller on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • To install the Curt Discovery # C51120 brake controller on your 2014 Explorer, you'll need the Curt wiring adapter, part # C51322. The plug for the brake controller is located under the dash, behind the handle for the hood release.
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  • Hayes XPC # HA81745 Brake Controller Versus Tekonsha P2 # 90885, P3 # 90195 or Primus # TK90160
  • The Hayes XPC is what I would refer to as an 'entry level' proportional brake controller. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just not very user friendly. Instead of a digital readout that will provide you with specific troubleshooting or information about how the controller is preforming, the XPC has an LED that gets brighter as more power is sent to the brakes. This set-up works just fine, as long as everything's working okay. When there is a problem, you'll need to do some unnecessary...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installation On 2001 Ford F-250
  • When you are finding that there is no power to any of the wires, it could be a number of things. When you said someone cut the plug off, are you referring to the connector that a plug-in wiring adapter would plug into? One end would plug into the back of the controller and the other into the wiring harness under the truck dashboard. when checking wires I recommend using a circuit tester like part # 3808. You may have to start from scratch and hard wire the brake controller to the wires...
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  • Troubleshooting Erratic Trailer Braking On 1999 Ford E-350 Van
  • I have attached a helpful article that explains how to troubleshoot a brake controller. If you have to use the manual switch on the brake controller, you could have a bad stoplight connection or the adapter wiring does not match the vehicle OEM connector on your 1999 Ford E-350. If the brakes are too aggressive, the brake assemblies may need to be adjusted or the boost and or gain is set too high on the controller. You want to make sure the brake controller is level and not tilted or...
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  • 7-Way Connector Recommendation For 2010 Ford Flex To Use With Brake Controller
  • The parts you referenced, the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, and the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P, are designed to fit your 2010 Ford Flex if you have a 7-way connector already installed. If you do not have the 7-way on your Flex, I can make some recommendations based on what you currently have. If you have a 4-way connector on your Flex, you can use the Hopkins Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, part # 37185. This will plug into the vehicle...
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  • Is the Illumination Wire on a 1998 Ford Expedition Needed to Install a Brake Controller
  • The illumination wire on your 1998 Ford Expedition will not be used with a brake controller such as # 39510 (or any of the brake controllers we carry). You can cap it off and stow it out of the way. The brake controller will have just the 4 wires: white for ground, black for 12 volt power, blue for output to the trailer brakes, and red for input from the brake switch.
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  • Location of Under-Dash Brake Controller Connector on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • The brake controller connector is located directly behind the hood release handle on your 2014 Explorer. Ford typically uses a gray plug, but it might also be a light brown in color. I have confirmed this for certain w/ my Tekonsha representative. If the plug is present, you'd use the # 3035-P wiring adapter to connect your Tekonsha brake controller to the connector under the dash. If your Explorer doesn't have the factory 7-way trailer connector, the plug might not be present. If...
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  • Installing Prodigy Brake Controller in Motor Home Based on 2007 Ford E-450 Chassis
  • Your first check is a look in the motor home's power distribution box within the engine compartment. It is possible that fuses required to activate the brake controller's 12V power feed are not in place. Look for any open fuse receptacles labelled trailer or tow and install the required value fuse(s). The harness you are using, part # 3035-P, is the correct one for the Ford E-series. If the fuses are in place and you still have no power at your controller then I suggest you test the...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2008 Ford F150 w/ OEM 4-Pole Trailer Connector
  • If you were interested in the # HM47294 Hopkins Agility brake controller you were looking at, you'd need the # HM47715 wiring adapter and the # 37185 4-pole to 7-way adapter. The controller would mount to the underside of the dash in the desired location. Usually, to the right of the steering column is best, so you don't bang your knees on it as you get in and out of the truck. The factory connector is located under the dash, above and to the right of the OBD II port as shown in the...
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  • Brake Controller and Harness Recommendation for 2014 Ford Explorer Towing Car Hauler Trailer
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller you referenced, part # 90885, is an excellent choice in a proportional-type brake controller. It includes a number of key features like battery protection and built-in diagnostics and it has proven to be easy to use and reliable among our customers. In your tow-package-equipped Ford Explorer you can install this with a quick-connect harness # 3035-P that connects the controller to the under-dash port. This process is shown in the linked video.
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2011 Ford Expediton with OEM 4-Pole Connector
  • I'd recommend using a # 37185 4-pole to 7-way adapter. The adapter would plug into your existing 4-pole, and would have 4 wires remaining. The blue wire on the adapter would connect to the blue wire you found on the frame rail. If there is a stubbed off black, orange or red wire along with the blue wire, it would carry the 12-volt accessory power circuit, and would attach to the black wire on the adapter. If there is no wire, you'd need to run your own 12-volt circuit to the positive battery...
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Brake Controller part # 39510 that Won't Power Up
  • To determine if your current controller is wired up correctly you will need to test the 4 wires coming out of the Tekonsha Voyager part # 39510. The black wire should have 12 volts on it at all times, the red wire should only see voltage when the brakes of your tow vehicle are applied, the white wire will be the ground wire for the controller and the blue wire carries the signal to your 7-way. I suspect the problem is on the black wire since the controller since it sounds like the controller...
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  • Location of Brake Control Wiring Harness on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he said that the brake controller harness plug should be located just to the left of the hood release cable on your 2014 Ford Explorer. Most of these plugs are a light gray but he has also seen some vehicles with a brown plug. I am including a picture which may help by showing you the pin configuration of the plug that you are looking for.
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  • Activator II Brake Controller Does Not Show that Trailer is Connected and Has Constant Power
  • I think your controller may be damaged on the inside and will need to be replaced. The blue wire, which is output to the trailer brakes, should not have power all the time. Only when you apply the manual override/step on the brake pedal. A little voltage at the trailer connector is normal because that is the brake controller looking to see if a trailer is connected. But if the blue wire has 12 volts all the time then the brake output pin at the 7-Way should also have around 12 volts...
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  • Brake Contrloller Installation Recommendation for a 2013 Coachman Mirada on a F-53 Chassis
  • According to the Q-206 bulletin released by Ford the correct harness to install a P3 brake controller part # 90195. in your 2013 Coacmen Mirada built on a F-53 chassis would be the harness part # 3034-P. The harness the # 3034-P connects to is a port under the dash behind the instrument cluster. It's not easy to get to but it's there.
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  • Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller Does Not Send Power Back to the Trailer Brakes
  • You are going to want to test the brake controller to determine if it is the problem or if there is a problem somewhere else. You will need a circuit tester such as # 3808 if you don't already have one. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back of the controller. Then use the circuit tester to test the end of the blue wire coming out of the controller. It should only have power when you apply the manual override. If it shows power at idle then...
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  • Which Brake Pedal Stoplight Switch Does Red Brake Controller Wire Connect to on 2013 Ford Escape
  • The second generation Escape (2008-2012) used a purple and white wire for the stoplight switch, but I could find no information about your 3rd generation Escape. The best way to find the correct wire is to use a circuit tester like part # 40376 and test each of the wires. The wire that only goes hot when the brake pedal is pressed (not with the headlights or turn signals) is the wire you want to tap that red brake controller wire into.
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  • PL Error Code on a Prodigy or P2 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2001 Ford F-350
  • The PL error code on the P2 # 90885 and Prodigy # 90185, indicates that the power was interrupted while the brake pedal was pressed. This means that when you apply the brakes the voltage is not getting back to the trailer brakes. This can occur for a number of reasons. First check the brake controller wiring and all of its connections to the vehicle. A bad splice or corrosion could cause this error. Then check the wiring going back to the trailer connector for any corrosion or breaks...
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  • Brake Controller For 1998 Ford F-150
  • The best and most popular brake controller we offer is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part # 90885. This is a proportional controller and will activate your trailer brakes in proportion to your 1998 Ford F-150 truck's braking action. This system is easy to install and to use. The other items you need for installation depend on the type of wiring you have on your truck. If you have the factory 7-way connector on the rear of your truck then I recommend the Tekonsha Plug-In...
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  • Brake Controller And Wiring For 2012 Ford Tioga Motor Home
  • For your 2012 Ford Tioga Motor home I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller, part # 90885. This is a proportional brake controller designed for electric brakes. This is our most popular brake controller because of its ease to install and use. The wiring kit I recommend for the brake controller installation is part # 5505. This kit includes 25 ft of 10-2 Duplex wire along with a 20 amp circuit breaker and a 40 am circuit breaker along with the attaching terminals....
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  • Best Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2012 Ford F-150
  • The brake controller we recommend the most is the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is the best selling controller on the market because of how easy it is to setup and use, and how well it works. The Curt Triflex # C51130 is also an excellent choice for a brake controller, but I would go with the P2 honestly as it is the best controller around. To install the P2 all you would need is the correct wiring adapter, part # 22292. Or if you went the Curt route you would need the...
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller that Buzzes when Brakes are Applied
  • A buzzing sound coming from the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 indicates that there is an internal problem and the controller needs to be replaced. The brake controller we recommend the most is the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is the best selling controller on the market because of how easy it is to setup and use, and how well it works.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller on a 1985 Ford F-250
  • We have everything you need to install a 7-way trailer trailer connector and a brake controller on your 1985 Ford F-250. The first item you will need is a 4-way flat trailer connector unless your truck already has one. For this, I recommend our 4-Pole Wiring Kit, # 18252. This harness will splice into your tail light circuits and provide power for the trailer lights. Next, you will want our Universal 7-Way and 4-Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. This kit provides a 7-way and 4-way...
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  • Should the Tekonsha Voyager Light Up if No Trailer Is Connected
  • Without a trailer connector there should be no light on the Voyager brake controller # 39510. When a trailer is connected the light should turn green. And when the controller is applying the trailer brakes you should see a shade of orange. If you think there is something wrong with your controller you can use the two articles I have linked on testing and troubleshooting brake controllers.
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  • Location Of Under Dash Brake Controller Port On 2002 Ford F150
  • You are right that the gray port is right next to the diagnostic port under the dash on your 2002 Ford F-150 for the brake controller. I have attached a photo that shows where the brake controller port is in relation to the location of the diagnostic port. I have also attached a helpful article for brake controller installation on Ford full-size pickups you can check out.
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  • Using Quick Connect Wiring Harness On 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac With Factory Tow Package
  • The custom wiring adapter you can use for your Explorer is the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51322. This will easily plug into the vehicle wiring harness under the dash near the center console. There will be a 6-pin connector that mates with the one on the adapter at the end of the harness. Verify that there is battery power supplied to the connector by carefully probing the connector with a circuit test light like part # 3808. If you have a 7-way connector at the rear of your...
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  • Pilot Brake Controller Wiring Issue on a 2003 Ford F-350
  • It sounds like a wiring harness may have been installed at some point for a brake controller. Your 2003 Ford F-350 should have a gray OEM plug under the dash near the diagnostic port for a plug-in style harness like part # 20260. The wire colors that you mention are not typically colors for brake controller wiring. I have attached an FAQ on installing a brake controller on your truck for you to check out. I recommend looking under the dash for the OEM brake controller plug. If the wires...
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  • How to Install a Draw Tite Activator 2 Brake Controller in a 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
  • All you would need to install your Draw Tite Activator II part # 5500 in your 2001 Ford F250 is the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3035-P. This harness will plug into the back of your brake controller and then into the port underneath your dash. If there is a harness already plugged into that port on your vehicle with the colors you listed you would just need to match the wires from the # 5500 to those wires color by color. I attached an install video for the wiring adapter for you...
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  • Turn Signals Cause Brake Controller in a 1997 Ford E-350 Van to Power Trailer Brakes
  • You have the red wire connected to the wrong brake switch wire. There is more than one wire on the cold side of the brake switch that will have power when the brake pedal is pressed. One of the wires can show power with the turn signals or head lights on. This is likely the wire the brake controller is attached to so it applies the trailer brakes when the turn signals are on. Use a circuit tester such as # 3808 to test the brake switch wires to find the one that has power only with the...
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  • Troubleshooting a Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller Only Works with Manual Override
  • So you have isolated the problem to the wiring of your 1999 Ford F250. If the manual lever works but the brake pedal does not that means the problem is in the stop light circuit. You will want to check to make sure the red wire of the controller is securely attached to a circuit that sees voltage when the brakes are applied and none when not applied. If that still does not fix the problem you will want to go over the rest of the wiring looking for anything not installed correctly. Most...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Hopkins Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Ford Flex
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific so you can install the Hopkins InSIGHT brake controller # HM47297 on your 2011 Ford Flex. If your Flex did not come with any sort of trailer connector, you will start by installing a 4-Way # 118472. If it already has a 4-Way you will not need to install one. Once the 4-Way is installed you will need to install the 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7 which includes a 7-Way and the wiring/accessories needed to hardwire in a brake controller....
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  • Brake Controller And Wiring For 1995 Ford F-150 With 4-Way Installed
  • Since you said you have a 4-way connector at the rear of your 1995 Ford F-150, you will need to add a 7-way so you can send the signal to the trailer brakes from the brake controller. I attached a link to a helpful article that explains trailer wiring. I recommend a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. this is a proportional brake controller that will work with either electric or electric over hydraulic brake systems and is our most popular brake controller because...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 Brake Controller Installation in 2012 Ford E-350 Van
  • My technical contact at Tekonsha advises that your 2012 Ford E-350 should have a connector located behind the dash that can be used either with the quick-connect brake controller adapter # 3034-P to to access the brake switch signal wire by testing. The connector should be behind a pocket behind the coin tray in the center console. Here you can plug in the # 3034-P harness (or use a circuit tester like # 40376 to find the one wire that carries voltage only when the brake pedal is pressed...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 in a 2010 Ford F-150
  • Trailer brake controllers like your Tekonsha Voyager # 39510 are not vehicle-specific and so can be installed in any vehicle. The four wires for a controller - black, blue, white and red - are standardized for specific functions: BLACK is 12V power input to the controller (via a circuit breaker); BLUE is the controller's output signal which gets routed to the 7-way; WHITE is a ground that connects either to the vehicle frame or to the battery negative terminal; RED is the input trigger...
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  • Installation of Curt Venturer Brake Controller # C51110 in 2011 Ford F-150
  • Your 2011 Ford F-150 has a quick-connect port under the dash to allow for convenient plug-in installation of a trailer brake controller. The harness part you referenced, part # C51436, provides this connection instead of forcing you to hard-wire the unit. Your harness may be pinned out incorrectly for your 2011 F-150. Please refer to the linked article which explains the correct pin assignments for the harness you have. It may just be necessary for you to relocate the ground and brake...
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  • Where to Get the Relay to Activate the 12 Volt Circuit on the 7-Way of a 2008 Ford F150
  • The relay you need to activate the 12 volt power circuit of your trailer connector is available at your local Ford dealer. I wish we carried it so that you could get it from us but we do not. The correct harness to install the Curt Venturer Brake Controller part # C51110 in your 2008 Ford F150 would be the part # C51322. This harness will plug into the back of the brake controller and the other end will plug into the port under your dash near the center console.
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  • What Can Cause the E2 Error on a Hopkins Reliance Trailer Brake Controller
  • The E2 error on your Hopkins brake controller indicates a short to the blue wire. The most likely culprit is a dirty or corroded vehicle/trailer connector and is causing power draw from another circuit to the brake circuit. Clean both connectors and also check the back where the wires attach because corrosion can build up there as well. If this does not solve the issue, you should test the controller itself to see if it is the problem. Sever the blue wire a few inches from the back of...
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  • Wiring Adapter to Install a Reese Brakeman Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F150
  • I believe the Reese Brakeman Brake Controller you mention is the same controller as the Activator III Brake Controller, part # 5520. And the correct harness to install this controller in your 2014 Ford F-150 if it has a factory 7-way would be the Tow Ready Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 22292. If you have a 4-way connection you would need the # 22292 as well as a 7-way part # 37185. Check out the FAQ article I attached that shows how to connect the # 37185 to you factory wiring. I attached...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2006 Ford F-150
  • To install a brake controller in your 2006 Ford F-150 depends on the trailer connector you have at the rear of your truck. If you have a factory round 7-way then all you would need is the Curt Brake Controller Installation harness part # C51322 to install the Curt Reflex Brake Controller part # C51130. If you only have a 4-way flat connector at the rear of your vehicle you will also need a 7-way part # 37185. You will need to trace the 4-way wires till you find a factory plug in the...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Micro Control Brake Controller Installed on 1999 Ford F250
  • I'd begin by using a circuit tester like part # 40376 on the red wire exiting the rear of the controller. See of you get any current on that wire when the brake pedal is pressed. If you don't get signal, you probably have a blown fuse or relay. Typically, the red brake controller wire is tied in with the third stoplight on the rear of the vehicle, so if that fuse is blown, you won't get trailer braking with the brake pedal. If you do get a signal on that wire, check its connection at...
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  • Location of Factory Brake Controller on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • For most applications, the factory plug is located beneath the dash, near the center console. On a 2014 Ford Explorer, the brake controller port is located by the steering column. It can also be located behind the hood release handle. I attached a picture of a drawing of what the connector will look like.
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  • Brake Controller Installation in 2008 Ford F-450 Super Duty Cab and Chassis Class C Motor Home
  • First I suggest you verify that the vehicle to be towed can be safely towed on a dolly with its rear wheels down. Many vehicles can be, but this should first be checked in your owner's manual or with a dealership to avoid the potential for damage to the towed vehicle. The electric brakes on a tow dolly can be activated by a trailer brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885, that can be installed with a quick-connect harness, part # 3034-P, to the port under your dash....
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Installation on a 2011 Ford Edge SEL All Wheel Drive
  • Your 2011 Ford Edge does not have a quick-connect under-dash connection port for a brake controller as some vehicles do. So your application for a trailer brake controller like the excellent Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 will require a hard-wired installation. You will need a brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7, to complete installation. A video on this part is provided for reference. If your vehicle does not have a 4-pole trailer connector in place already you will also need...
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  • Hopkins InSIGHT Flex-Mount Trailer Brake Controller # HM47297 for 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
  • Because brake controllers are not vehicle specific, you can certainly use the Hopkins Insight # HM47297 brake controller on your 2013 Explorer. If your Explorer has the factory 7-way trailer connector at the rear bumper, your installation will be very simple. The # HM47715 connector will plug into the connector under the dash, which will either be just to the left of the center console or behind the glove box. The connector will be gray in color. If your vehicle has the 4-pole trailer...
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  • Replacing OEM Brake Controller in 2006 Ford F250 With Tekonsha Prodigy # 90885
  • Ford had some issues with the OE brake controller on the 2005-6 Super Duty trucks. Bypassing the OE controller and installing an aftermarket model like the # 90885 Tekonsha Prodigy is a common procedure. We actually have a help article that addresses this, to see it click the provided link. The aftermarket controller would install under the dash, and you'd simply leave the OEM unit in place, so you won't have a hole in your dash. The aftermarket controller would use the # 3065-P wiring...
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  • What Is Needed To Install Brake Controller On 2005 Ford F-150 With Factory Tow Package
  • On your 2005 Ford F-150 with the towing package, there will be a port under the dash that the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51322 plugs into. I have attached a photo that has a red arrow pointing to the location on your truck. The Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller, part # C51110 is a time-delayed brake controller designed for a trailer with electric brakes only. It uses a preset sensitivity setting to activate your trailer brakes when you press the brake pedal in your truck....
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  • What Problems Does the Curt Triflex Brake Controller Have with 7-Ways With LED Test Lights
  • What happens is that the load that LED puts on the brake output circuit tricks the brake controller into thinking that there is a trailer connected and the brake controller will start activating regardless if there is a trailer connected or not. Technically it would work just fine with a trailer, its just that it will always activate regardless if there is a trailer back there or not. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out also.
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Harness Wiring On 2011 Ford Edge
  • It sounds like there is a wiring issue you are having on your 2011 Ford Edge. The first thing you will want to do is unplug the trailer and see if you have the same problem. Then unplug the brake controller from the # TM75127 harness and check the lights on your Edge. If the lights are still on check the red wire on the harness. It should be connected to the purple/white wire on your vehicle. This is the stop lamp wire on your vehicle. Make sure the white wire (ground) is securely attached...
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  • Is it Normal for Brake Controller Manual Override Lever to Activate Truck Brake Lights
  • That's actually part of how the brake controller is designed. It does that so that if you were towing a trailer and you were applying the manual override to slow yourself down without touching the vehicle brakes drivers behind you would know that you were slowing down. Its a safety feature and everything is working as it should. Some states now have laws that require brake controllers to function like this. I attached an FAQ on brake controllers for you to check out also.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2007 Ford F-150 with Factory Tow Package
  • You are correct that the wiring plug mounted under the dash is the plug for the brake controller. As for a brake controller, I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885, and a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 3035-P. I have linked a helpful article about trailer brake controllers and a video of the installation of a brake controller for a trailer on a 2009 Ford F150.
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  • Locating the Stoplight Switch Wire for a P3 Brake Controller on a 2013 Chevrolet Express Van
  • Yes, I can confirm that the correct wire that you need is the light blue/white wire coming out of the brown plug on the BCM (see photo). You may already be aware of this, but the BCM is located behind the passenger side dash. We used this wire a few weeks ago for a customer who wanted a brake controller on their Express Van and it worked great. Before making any connections, it is always a good idea to test the wire using a circuit tester, like part # 40376, to ensure you have the correct...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Curt Brake Controller part # C51110 on a 2009 Ford Flex
  • The first thing you will need is a 4-way for trailer wiring on your 2009 Ford Flex if you do not have one. For that I would recommend the Curt Wiring Harness part # C56063. This harness plugs inline with your tail light wiring connectors and will provide the turn signal features for your trailer wiring. Now you will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way to allow you to install and use a brake controller like the Curt Controller part # C51110. For that I would recommend the Universal Brake...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Venturer Brake Controller Installed on 2007 Ford Freestyle
  • Has the controller suddenly started doing this, or has it done this ever since it was installed? It sounds like there's too much going on with the controller for it to be a faulty unit. I suspect that the controller might be wired to the wrong stoplight switch wire, and my Curt representative agrees. Use a circuit tester like part # 40376 on the wire you have the red brake controller wire attached to. In the 2008 model, a purple/white striped wire was used, but I have no information...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller and Vehicle 7-Way in a 2009 Ford E-350
  • Yes, you are correct that for your 2009 E-350 Van the Prodigy P2 # 90885, and plug-in wiring adapter # 3034-P are the correct parts for your van. This will plug into the connector that you have found in the dash. For a fully functioning 7-way you will also have to install a 7way connector. To determine which specific one you will need you can trace the wires on your existing 4-way and see if there is a junction connector on the frame rail of your van. This connector would have at least...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Curt Trailer Brake Controller on 2013 Ford Explorer Sport with Tow Package
  • The port on the dash of your 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is the OBDII port used to access the computer of the vehicle. A brake controller would not plug into that particular port but there is a brake controller port that you can plug into using harness # C51322 for Curt brake controller # C51140. The factory port is located beneath the dash, near the center console. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. All you have to do is mount the controller according to the...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2009 Ford Flex without Factory Tow Package
  • If your 2009 Ford Flex did not come with a factory 7-Way trailer connector then the plug you found is most likely not fully functional and you would need to hardwire in a brake controller. None of the controller wiring harnesses are listed as fitting the Flex if it does not have the factory 7-Way. To install a brake controller you will first need to install a 4-Way, # 118472. If the vehicle already has a 4-Way you can skip this step. Then you will need a 4 and 7-Way installation kit...
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  • Can a Factory Trailer Brake Controller be Installed on a 2011 Ford F-150 without OEM Controller
  • You would need to talk with a Ford dealer because there is going to likely be a lot of steps and other equipment needed in the cab and under the hood to install the factory brake controller. Also, the factory controllers are notorious for not working nearly as well as aftermarket controllers and they rarely will work at all with electric over hydraulic braking systems. I am also not sure what having the OEM controller installed, parts and labor, would cost you but I am certain it would...
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  • Troubleshoot Cruise Control Not Turning Off after Brake Depression After Brake Controller Install
  • It sounds like the problem is in the wiring of your brake controller. It sounds like whoever installed the controller just cut the brake switch wire from the brake pedal of your vehicle and ran it to the brake controller instead of just tapping into that circuit. You can test this by applying the brakes of your vehicle and seeing if the brake lights on your vehicle will illuminate. If all of the brake lights do not come on then my theory is correct. You would want to trace the brake...
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  • Will Prodigy RF Brake Controller Work on a 2013 Ford Explorer Using a 4- to 7-Way Adapter
  • In order for the Prodigy RF brake controller # 90250 to work you need to have a fully functioning 7-Way connector on your 2013 Ford Explorer. If you are using a 4 to 7-Way adapter and only the light functions work then the RF will not function until you at least make the 12 volt circuit functional. There should be a black wire on your adapter that is for the 12 volt circuit. You will need to run a wire from that black wire under the vehicle to the battery. You can use wire # 10-1-1 sold...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885, 22292 Installation in 2012 Ford F-150 with 4-Pole
  • I have linked an installation video for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake controller and harness, part # 90885 and # 22292, in a 2012 Ford F-150. I have also linked a video for the Hopkins 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole Adapter you are using, part # 37185, showing installation in a 2011 F-150. The photo provided shows the Hopkins 7-way adapter and the loose wires with butt connectors, some of which will need to be connected in order for your P2 to activate the electric (or electric-over-hydraulic)...
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  • Erratic Trailer Brake Controller Output when Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer with 1997 Ford F-350
  • The issue you are having could be a problem with the controller, wiring, or trailer brakes and any combination of the three. To test to see where the issue is disconnect the trailer. Then use a meter such as # BTMT15 to do some testing. You will need to sever the blue wire a few inches from the back of the controller. Then use the circuit tester to test the end of the blue wire coming out of the controller. It should show 12 volts only when the manual override is pressed with the controller...
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  • Location For Brake Controller Adapter # C51436 To Plug Into On 2010 Ford F-150
  • On your Ford 2010 F-150, the harness location should be located under the dash, above the brake pedal and taped to another harness. I have attached a photo that shows the typical location for the harness location on your truck. If you have the shifter in the center console of your F-150 it will be located under the center console. I have attached the installation instructions for the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51436. The instructions show the typical installation locations for...
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  • Tekonsha P3 Installation on a 2011 Ford E350 without Factory 7-Way
  • It sounds like you bought a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 and bought a Tow Ready Wiring Harness part # 118551 to provide a 4-way. You said you ordered a 7-way as well but I am not sure what you bought as I could not find you in our system. What you would need to complete your installation that would tie everything together would be the brake controller installation kit part # ETBC7 and the Extra Wire for ETBC7 for Long vehicles # ETBCXW. This comes with a 7-way, but it also...
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  • Will the Factory Brake Controller on a 2006 Ford F-250 Have to be Unplugged for the Prodigy P2
  • Yes, to install the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, # 90885, in place of your factory brake controller you will need to disconnect the plugs and use the gray 4-pin plug that matches the wiring adapter, # 3065-P, for the P2 brake controller. Keep in mind, disconnecting the factory brake controller may set a fault code on the instrument cluster. The only way to have the code removed is to take the truck to a Ford dealer and have them turn off the factory controller. I have attached a Technical...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller Showing 0.0 But Feels Like Brakes Are Working
  • This was the first time I have heard of this particular issue, so I reached out to my contact at Draw-Tite and he had some information regarding this issue. He said this is typically a result of moisture or corrosion in the trailer connector either on the trailer or on the truck. I recommend checking the pins on your truck and trailer connector for any signs of moisture or corrosion and repair or replace as necessary. If you see moisture or corrosion, it is possible that it has made...
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  • Does Voyager Trailer Brake Controller Use Illumination Wire on a 2008 Ford F-150 Factory Harness
  • Aftermarket brake controllers such as the Voyager # 39510 do not use the illumination circuit. You can just cap off this wire and stow it out of the way. The brake controller uses white for ground, black for 12 volt power, blue for output to the trailer brakes, and red for input from the stop light switch. Your Ford harness should have one of the following 2 configurations: Pink for 12 volt power Red for input for stop light switch White for ground Blue for output to trailer...
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  • Troubleshooting Wiring On Brake Controller # 5500 Installed On 2011 Ford F-450
  • It sounds like you may have a wiring issue somewhere. You will want to do some troubleshooting on the brake controller system to locate the problem. First, you will want to check the blue wire coming out of the brake controller with a circuit tester like part # 3808. You need to probe the blue wire and then step on the brake. If you are getting no signal, then you may have the red wire connected to the wrong place on the stop light switch located above the brake pedal. The red wire needs...
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  • Does 2014 Ford F-250 Computer Have To Be Reprogrammed When Installing Brake Controller
  • If you have an OEM controller installed on your 2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty, and you install the P2 Controller, part # 90885, the computer on the truck has to be reprogrammed to eliminate the error code. If you do not have a controller installed already on your truck, reprogramming the truck computer is not necessary. I have attached links to a couple of videos for this controller. Using the 3034-P harness makes the installation very easy. It simply plugs into the connector beneath your...
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  • Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 Shows No Connection to Trailer
  • Your Tekonsha Primus IQ # TK90160 brake controller will display the NC message (indicating the trailer is not connected) for any of several possible reasons: if the trailer is not connected, if the connector has corrosion, if there is an open circuit on the brake line, if the trailer brake magnet loses its ground connection to the trailer frame or if the brake magnet is malfunctioning. Although trailer lighting functions are carried on the same 7-way connectors, since they are on separate...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller Does Not Work With Manual Lever On 2000 Ford F-350
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite because this is a strange situation . Normally the manual override works but the brake pedal does not when there is this type of issue. But I think we have it figured out. You may not be connected to the correct stop light switch wire. What happens when you apply the manual override is tht it sends power on the blue wire but also on the red wire to light up the truck brake lights. It is possible that you are connected to a brake switch wire that...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Activator III Trailer Brake Controller Fit a 2011 Ford F-150
  • Trailer brake controllers, including the Activator III, # 5520, are not vehicle specific so you can use it on your 2011 Ford F-150. If your truck came with a factory 7-Way you will also need harness # 22292 to plug into the factory connection point on the truck. If your truck came with a factory 4-Way flat connector then you will use the same harness but you will also need to add a 7-Way, # 37185. To install the 37185 you will plug in the 4-Way from the truck to the adapter. Then there...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller on a 1996 Ford F-150
  • There are some things in your cart that you do not need and you are missing some other things you do need. To install a brake controller in your 1996 Ford F-150 you first have to look at if the truck has any trailer connector or not. You mentioned you do not have a 7-Way on the truck but do you have a 4-Way flat connector? If you do have a 4-Way flat trailer connector then you will need 7-Way adapter # 37185. The 4-Way plugs into the adapter then there are some loose wires that need...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow 1974 Ford Bronco with 1995 Bronco That Has No Hitch or Trailer Wiring
  • If you are thinking of flat-towing, an electric trailer brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 cannot be used for your application since your towed vehicle does not have electric brakes. Also, another complication is that we do not offer any tow bar base plates for the 1974 Ford Bronco; you would have to have base plates custom fabricated, which could be potentially very costly. I have linked an article that provides a lot of important information on the requirements for...
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