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  • Compatibility of Draw-Tite Activator IV Brake Controller with 2000 Ford F350
  • Brake controllers aren't vehicle specific, any controller can be used on virtually any vehicle. The Brake Controller Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P is the vehicle specific part. The # 3035-P is compatible with your truck. One end of the adapter would plug into the rear of the controller, the other into the grey connector under the dash. In your vehicle, the connector should be located above and to the right of where your right knee would be while driving. If you click the provided link,...
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  • Troubleshooting a Brake Controller Install that Manual Override Lever Activates Interior Fan
  • It sounds like you have attached the brake output circuit of your Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 to the wrong circuit. Hitting the manual override should not activate any interior fans. The blue wire from the controller should be run to the brake output circuit of the 7-way that is at the rear of your vehicle. I attached a couple helpful FAQ articles to the right for you to check out as well as an install video that shows how to install a brake controller in...
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  • Will the Draw-Tight Activator III fit a 1997 Ford F-150
  • Yes, the Draw Tite Activator III brake controller part # 5520 will work well in your 1997 Ford F-150. If you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your truck all you would need to install this controller is the part # 3035-P. To see how this brake controller would install in your vehicle regardless of what style of trailer connector you have present at the rear of the vehicle check out the link I attached to the right that details this.
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  • Location of Brake Controller Port for 1998 Ford Van Chassis
  • The procedure for installing a brake controller in your 1998 Ford van will depend on what (if any) trailer connector is on the vehicle. If the van has a factory installed 7-way or 4-way connector, there will be a port under the dash near the center console for installing a brake controller. You will need the brake controller wiring adapter, part # 20260. The adapter would wire color for color to the wiring adapter, and would then plug into the port under the dash. If the van has the...
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  • Trailer Brakes Get Stuck and Overheat
  • The P2 # 90885 has not been around for 15 years. You might have the original Prodigy # 90185. The sure way to know is the display. If the display is blue, its a P2. If the display is red, it is a Prodigy. There are a lot of moving parts in electric drum brakes. They could get stuck if the return springs are bound up or corroded or if something needs some lubrication. Nine times out of ten, it is a brake issue. But it could be electrical further back than the brake controller. The...
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  • Troubleshooting Low Voltage Output On Blue Wire From Brake Controller On 2002 Ford F-150
  • A great way to test the brake controller blue wire output is to use a Circuit Tester, like part # 3808. You will want to test the blue wire at the back of the brake controller. If that is low, then there may be an issue with the vehicle wiring. The bulb in the tester will place a load on the wiring, and you can tell if you are getting full voltage by the brightness of the bulb in the tester. If you find that the bulb is dim with the brake controller set at maximum setting, you will...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a 6-Way and a Brake Controller on a 2006 Ford Escape
  • We have exactly what you need. The kit you need that comes with everything needed to install a 6-way and install a brake controller on your 2006 Ford Escape is the # ETBC6. I attached a set of installation instructions that will detail how it will install. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup.
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  • PL Error Code on P2 Trailer Brake Controller Installed on a 2014 Ford F-150
  • The PL error on the P2, # 90885, indicates that power is being interrupted when the brake pedal is pressed. If you are using the controller on a 2014 Ford F-150 with a factory trailer connector then you should be using wiring harness # 22292. No other harness will work. If you are using this harness then make sure the wires that go into the plug that plugs into the truck match the picture I have provided. If you have hardwired in the controller then you likely have the red wire attached...
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Voyager that Wont Engage Trailer Brakes, Light Stays Orange
  • It sounds like you haven't found the correct brake switch wire. You will want to use a circuit tester to test the wires around the brake pedal for a circuit that sees voltage only when the brakes are applied and none when released. The easier way to install the controller would have been to use the brake controller harness part # 22292 though as this will make all of the correct connections for the controller to your 2009 Ford F-150. I attached an FAQ on brake controller installs...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller And Harness For 2002 Ford F-150
  • Since you said you have a 4-way connector on your 2002 Ford F-150, I can make some recommendations that may be very simple for you. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. This is one of our most popular brake controllers because it is easy to install and operate. The harness you need is part # 3035-P. One end connects to the brake controller and the other end connects to the built-in harness located beneath your truck's dash, normally located to the left...
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  • Will a P3 Brake Controller Plug Into the Same Wiring Harness as a Draw Tite Activator II
  • No, the wiring for a Draw Tite Activator II # 5100 and a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 are the exact same. It would be just a matter of unplugging the Activator and plugging the P3 in it's place.
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  • Where Does a Brake Controller Plug In on a 2008 Ford F-250 XLT
  • On your 2008 Ford F-250 there is a panel you will need to remove on the middle console, passenger side. If you remove that you will have access to where the brake controller needs to plug in. I have included a picture that should help.
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller that Reads Trailer Not Connected
  • If you sever the blue wire leaving the P3 controller part # 90195 leaving enough room to reconnect it and test the end of the wire leaving the controller with a circuit tester like part # 3808 you should see voltage when you slide the manual override lever. If not, then the brake controller is bad. If you see voltage there instead then the problem is somewhere on the brake output circuit of your vehicle or trailer. Corrosion on the trailer connector typically causes this problem. If...
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  • P2 Trailer Brake Controller Only Shows 4 Volts On Blue Wire No Matter what Gain is Set To
  • It does sound like there is a problem with the controller. But there are some things you can do to test it. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back of the controller. Then use your meter to test the end of the blue wire coming out of the controller. It should only have power when you apply the manual override (or brake pedal on certain controllers but not the P2). If it shows power at idle then there is something wrong with the controller and it...
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  • How to Convert Trailers Air Brakes to Electric Brakes
  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control# 1300-80, which you reference, is designed for towing vehicles that have air brakes and trailers that have electric brakes. If you want to convert your trailer's air brakes to electric brakes you will want to remove the air brakes and then install the electric brakes from scratch. You will need several items to add electric brakes to your trailer. Starting with the trailer you will need a hub and drum that matches the bearings and seal on your trailer...
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  • Installing Aftermarket Brake Controller on 2010 Ford F-150 with Integrated Factory Brake Controller
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and even though your 2010 Ford F-150 is equipped with an integrated controller, it is still plug and play wired. In order to install an aftermarket brake controller like the Prodigy P3, # 90195, you will just need to unplug the wiring for the integrated controller and remove it. Next you will use the Tow Ready Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 22292, to install the Prodigy P3. Please note that when removing the factory installed controller, this will set...
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  • Troubleshooting Installation of Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500
  • It sounds like you have done a hard-wired brake controller installation on your truck. As an alternative you can use a quick-connect harness # 3035-P, which plugs in between the controller and the under-dash port on your F-350. For the hard-wired installation you will need to tap into the cold side of the brake light switch. This is the wire that carries a signal ONLY when the brake pedal is pressed. This wire connects to the red wire on the Activator II to trigger its output. You can...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller in a 2011 Ford Expedition
  • If your 2011 Ford Expedition comes with a factory 7-way the only thing you will need to install your Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 would be the brake controller install harness part # 3035-P. Check out the install video I attached that shows how it installs in a very similar 2011 Expedition as yours. If only have a 4-way on your expedition you will also need the part # 37185 plus an additional length of wire to run from blue wire of the # 37185 to the tow package wiring along...
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  • Functions Of Red And Black Wire For Brake Controller Harness On 2001 Ford F-250
  • For your 2001 Ford F-150,and the plug and play harness, part # HM47715, red wire is the input from the brake switch telling the control you are stepping on the brake pedal, and the black wire is supplying 12 volt power to the brake controller.
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 Installation Harness for Motor Home
  • You can use Tekonsha Pigtail Wiring Harness # 7894 for your secondary brake controller installation in your motor home. The harness has the 4-wire pigtail leads you'll need to hard-wire into your motor home's wiring and it includes the necessary butt connectors. It is 34-inches overall in length. An install video is linked at right. If you need only a short harness without connectors you can use 12-inch harness # 20127. If you need an extra mounting pocket for the Prodigy you can use # 7686.
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  • Installing Brake Controller Adapter On 2003 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  • The installation of the P3 brake controller, part # 90195, should be a simple job with the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P on your 2003 Ford F-150 truck. With the brake controller harness under the dash on your F-150, the adapter makes the installation very simple and allows you to be able to remove your brake controller any time you want.
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  • How To Extend the Wiring Harness of the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller
  • All it would take to extend the Hopkins Plug-in Simple Brake Controller harness # HM47715 so that it would be long enough for you to install the Hopkins Insight Brake Controller part # HM47297 would be 4 equal lengths of 10 gauge wire. If you have a Hopkins harness already with the correct gauge wire you could also use that, but splicing in additional wire would be the easiest method. I attached an install video that shows this brake controller installed on a very similar 2001 Ford...
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  • How to Install an Aftermarket Brake Controller in a 2014 Chevy Silverado with Integrated Controller
  • You will have to uninstall the factory integrated brake controller of your 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500 before you can install the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 that you referenced. This controller is designed to work on electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes. To see exactly how to do this check out the FAQ article I attached to the right that details the process.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Harness for Reese Brakeman and 2014 Ford Explorer XLT with Tow Package
  • On a 2014 Ford Explorer that came with a factory installed 7-Way, you can use brake controller wiring harness # 3035-P. If your Reese Brakeman does not have a plug in on it then you would just need to cut off the end of the 3035-P harness that would normally plug into the back of the controller and instead splice the wires color for color. I have included a link to a video to the right showing how the harness installs on a similar vehicle.
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  • Is Custom Brake Controller Harness Available For 2008 Ford Edge
  • The Curt TriFlex Brake Controller, part # C51140, is a proportional brake controller that activates your trailer brakes in direct proportion to the brake action on your Edge. The Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51322, you mentioned, is not designed as a fit for your 2008 Ford Edge. You will need part # C51515, which will need to be hardwired into your Edge wiring. If you do not have a 7-way connector at the rear of your Edge, I recommend part # ETBC7. This plugs into your 4-way...
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  • Brake Controller Does Not Work with Hazard Lights on a 1987 Ford F-350
  • It is possible that a pulse preventer # 5501 will at least solve part of the problem. It would be required when the brake control unit must be set to higher output levels and driving with hazard flashers is necessary. But the Pulse Preventer is not necessary for vehicles that have a different bulb for the stop and turn signals (amber turn signals). It could be that you need to make new connections between the brake controller red wire and the brake switch on the truck. Or it might be...
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  • Wiring Harness Needed to Plug Curt Brake Controller into a 2006 Ford F-150
  • The Curt brake controller # C51120 can plug directly into your 2006 Ford F-150 using the proper wiring harness, # C51322. This harness is sold separately. I have included a link to a video to the right that shows where the connection point is on your truck. The brake controller and harness are different in the video but they plug into the same place on the truck.
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  • Fit of Hayes G2 Brake Controller # HA81792BB on 2004 Ford F150
  • A brake controller isn't a vehicle-specific item, so the Hayes G2 brake controller you mentioned, part # HA81792BB would work just fine. You would need a wiring adapter, part # HA81783-HBC that would plug into the rear of the controller and into the connector located under the vehicle dashboard. As you can see in the provided photo, the brake controller is located behind the OBD port under he steering column. It's located above the OBD port and to the right.
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  • Where do I Mount Hopkins Brake Controller # HM47294 on 2002 Ford Excursion
  • You will want to mount the controller in an accessible area like the under the dash on the driver's side. Mounting the brake controller in an accessible location on your 2002 Ford Excursion is necessary so that you will not only be able to view the display and easily access the vertical slide, but also so that if there is a situation where you need to apply the trailer brakes without pressing the truck brakes you can access the controller. The Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller,...
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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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  • How to Wire 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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