Select Your Vehicle
view cartView Cart
Only 18 Hours 34 Minutes Remaining

Filter Questions and Answers:


reset filter
Brake Controller
Brake Controller
 

Expert Answers about Ford Brake Controller


  • 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. It is
    view full answer...

  • 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.
    view full answer...

  • 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 to a
    view full answer...

  • 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.
    view full answer...

  • 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.
    view full answer...

  • 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 wi
    view full answer...

  • 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 Cont
    view full answer...

  • 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 about a 2
    view full answer...

  • 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 6 wir
    view full answer...

  • 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 instru
    view full answer...

  • 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 # ETBC
    view full answer...

  • 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 be much m
    view full answer...

  • 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 switc
    view full answer...

  • 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 in in
    view full answer...

  • 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) b
    view full answer...

  • 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 p
    view full answer...

  • 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 the adapt
    view full answer...

  • 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 comes
    view full answer...

  • 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 Bu
    view full answer...

  • 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 its way
    view full answer...

  • 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 brakes
    view full answer...

  • 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 to be c
    view full answer...

  • 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 truck
    view full answer...

  • 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 cir
    view full answer...

  • 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 grounds o
    view full answer...

  • 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 are ad
    view full answer...

  • 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 to be ins
    view full answer...

  • 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 flat towi
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting the Installation of a Tekonsha Primus on a 2012 Ford F-150 After a Rear Collision
  • With the trailer connected the display on the brake controller should be read .c. This indicates that the trailer is connected. If the reading is 0.0 then that indicates that there is no braking conducted by the brake controller. Without a trailer connected the display should be n.c. then changes to . . after 15 seconds. I suggest adjusting the boost level, as well as make sure that the brake controller is mounted in the correct positioning. For the Tekonsha Primus # TK90160 the correct mo
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Making Noises on a 2001 Ford F-250
  • The brake controller should not make any noises. I recommend disconnecting the brake controller from the truck and testing/troubleshooting the wires on the truck. Disconnecting the brake controller for a few minutes will reset the brake controller. While the brake controller is disconnected, test the brake controller wires on the truck. If you are using a plug-in harness like part # HM47715, you can test the pins on the connector for the harness to make sure they are functioning properly. To
    view full answer...

  • Brake Controller Wire Harness Connector On 2013 Ford Expedition
  • I did some research on your 2013 Ford Expedition. The location of the brake controller wiring connector should be gray in color, and located under the dash behind and to the right of the OBD port, as shown in the installation video I have linked. I have also attached a photo that shows the location of the brake controller connector on a 2012 Expedition.
    view full answer...

  • Tow Ready T-One Trailer Wiring Harness # 118316 for 1995 Ford F150
  • The Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118316 is indeed the correct harness for your 1995 F150. The harness will plug inline with the connector located along the frame rail on the drivers side just behind the rear wheel. You will find a junction point, where two connectors join. Simply unplug this connection, and plug each connector of the T-One inline with the factory wiring. I have linked an installation video for you.
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting Prodigy P2 # 90885 Installation on 2012 Ford F-150 With N.C. Appearing in LCD
  • One way to troubleshoot is if you can hook your truck up to another trailer. By doing this you will be able to easily determine if you have an issue on your truck or trailer. If your brake controller works properly on the other trailer then you know your problem is on your trailer. If your brake controller still reads n.c. then it has to do with the setup in your truck. If another trailer is not available, or your brake controller would not set up when hooked to another trailer then you can t
    view full answer...

  • Parts Needed to Add a 7-Way Trailer Connector and Brake Controller to a 1995 Ford F-150
  • I will be happy to help you get what you need to add a brake controller and proper trailer connector on your 1995 Ford F-150. First, it sounds like you have a 4-Way flat connector. This will provide the basic light functions but you will need a 7-Way trailer connector to provide the proper connection and to have the brakes work. To add a 7-Way you will need # ETBC7. On it the white wire grounds to the frame, the black wire is 12 volt power, blue is output to the trailer brakes, and purple con
    view full answer...

  • Setting Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller to Electric Over Hydraulic Mode
  • To work with your electric over hydraulic actuator, you would set your Tekonsha P3 to electric over hydraulic mode, by pressing the menu/options button. Then, on the SETUP screen, scroll down to brake type and press OK when Hydraulic is highlighted. It will then ask you to confirm. At this point, in the lower left hand of the display, there should be an H, for Hydraulic. This procedure is outlined on page 4 of the installation instructions, which I have linked for you in case you do not have
    view full answer...

  • Is the Husky Quest Brake Controller the Same as the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller
  • My technical contact at Hopkins confirmed your exact thoughts - Hopkins does produce the Husky Quest for Husky. The only difference between the two controllers is the mounting plug. The Hopkins Agility # HM47294 that you referenced has the 4 flat plug and the Husky Quest and a 4 position square plug.
    view full answer...

  • Draw Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500 Not Working on 2000 Ford F-250
  • You can test the functioning of your Draw-Tite Activator II brake controller with a circuit tester such as part # 40376 or # 3808. Since the controller display lights up we know you have 12V power reaching it. What you can test first is the blue brake output wire. Apply the circuit tester to the blue wire and press the brake pedal and then the manual override. You should detect an output voltage on the blue wire in both cases. If you do not, then next test the red wire. This red wire carries
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 Installation on 1999 Ford F-250
  • The wiring scheme for the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 is as follows: white wire is ground; the black wire is 12V power input to the controller; the blue wire carries the controller output signal which feeds the trailer brakes and the red wire carries the input signal from the brake light switch. This brake light switch signal (or the manual override switch) tell the controller to generate output. There is no green wire on the controller so I take it this is on your trailer; usually
    view full answer...

  • How to Install the Hopkins InSIGHT Flex-Mount Trailer Brake Controller on a 2009 Ford E-350
  • If your Penske truck was built on a Ford E-350 chassis then it is possible that it does have a plug to plug in a brake controller, though additional components will be needed to complete the installation. You will need to check behind an access panel on the center of the dash but more on the passenger side. Pry the panel off gently. The connector should be behind this panel. If so then you would use brake controller wiring harness # HM47855 for use with controller # HM47297. Since your va
    view full answer...

  • Installing Brake Controller on 1992 Ford F450
  • Ford did not start pre-wiring the F450 for a brake controller until the 1999 model year, therefore there will not be a connector under the dash of your 1992 F450. I have confirmed this with one of my contacts at Tekonsha. You can still install a brake controller, but you will need to hard wire it using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. If you already have a 7-way in place, you could use # 5506. The install kit provides everything needed to install a brake controller, includ
    view full answer...

  • Where is the Best Place to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 Ford F-150
  • Take a look at the video I have linked showing the isntallation of a P3, # 90195, on a 2004 Ford F-150. The 2004 and 2008 F-150s are part of the same generation so this video is a great guide for you to follow. I have also included a link to a video showing installation of a different brake controller on a 2008 F-150 for you. Basically, you will need a spot that is within easy reach of the driver and that fits the mounting requirements of the brake controller as indicated in its instructions
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brakes Only Work with Manual Override on Voyager Brake Controller in 2008 Ford F-150
  • When the trailer brakes do not work with the brake pedal but work fine with the manual override that usually indicates a problem on the red wire on the brake controller. The red wire is the input circuit to the brake controller that sense when you step on the brakes. Common causes for issues on the red wire include a blown stop light or CHMSL fuse. Check the owners manual to find the locations of these fuses and replace them as needed. It may also be that the red wire is in the wrong place o
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brakes are Not Locking Up After Switching to a P2 Brake Controller
  • When you are testing the brake controller, are you just using the manual override on the P2 or are you using the brake pedal? The manual override will provide the full power (to however high you have it set) whereas the brake pedal will cause the brake controller to brake proportionally with how much the truck is braking. Also if your old controller was a time delay, that works differently then a proportional controller. Some people that make the switch complain that they cannot feel the tra
    view full answer...

  • Low Voltage at 7-Way Connector on 2005 Ford F-150 Using Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller # 90185
  • It sounds as though you are using your Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller # 90185 with a custom-fit harness like part # 3035-P to connect the controller itself to the factory brake control port under your dash. The first troubleshooting step is to check that the controller output is correct before it travels through the vehicle wiring to your 7-way. Cut the blue wire a few inches from the connector at the back of the Prodigy. Apply your grounded circuit tester to the blue wire coming from the
    view full answer...

  • Does the Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 Control Trailer Light Functions
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller, # 90250, does not control the trailer lighting, but the trailer light functions do pass through the brake controller to the trailer lights. If the trailer lights work when you plug the trailer into the truck, then this unit will have no affect on the lighting functions. You will plug the 7-way connector from your trailer into the Prodigy RF unit and then you will plug the 7-way connector from the Prodigy RF into the 7-way Socket on your truck. I have
    view full answer...

  • Will the Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller # TK90160 Replace the Sentinel Brake Controller # 9055
  • You can certainly replace your Sentinel brake controller with the Primus IQ brake controller, # TK90160. The Primus will come with instructions for setting the brake sensitivity. I have also attached a link to the installation instructions for you to check out. I believe the Sentinel did not come with a plug and play harness, so it may be hardwired to the truck. The Primus IQ comes with a universal wiring harness that you can splice into the wires currently connecting your Sentinel brake cont
    view full answer...

  • Installing a Pilot Brake Controller in a 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty with Cut Wires Under the Dash
  • If equipped with a factory 7-way trailer connector, your 2004 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup should have a grey plug hanging down near the OBD-II diagnostics port under the dash. This plug allows connection of a brake controller. It may be necessary to remove a trim panel to gain access to the brake controller plug. If it is not readily visible, you may need to check further inside of the dash, reaching through the sheet metal and into the area behind the center console. Please refer to the in
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brake Controller has Possessed a 2003 Ford Explorer Causing Lights and Door Locks to Cycle
  • Brake controller plug and play harnesses are sold separate from the controllers themselves. So if you just wanted a brake controller like # 39523, yes, you would just cut off the plug end and wire it to the existing wires (provided the existing wires are all in good working order). Does the problem go away when you unhook the controller? I am not sure what could have gone wrong with a brake controller to make the power door locks cycle. That is probably one of the stranger things I have heard
    view full answer...

  • Is the Functionality Different Between The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 and P3
  • The functionality of the Prodigy P2 and P3 is basically the same with the difference in the controllers being the LCD display in the P3. Both controllers can be used with both electric brakes and electric over hydraulic brakes however with the P3 all you have to do is toggle between the two functions whereas on the P2 you have go through a process to change modes. The P3 LCD screen also uses actual words for setup and troubleshooting versus the P2 which displays codes that you have to re
    view full answer...

  • Installation of Brake Controller on 1998 Ford Expedition
  • The correct Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for your 1998 Expedition would be part # 3035-P. If your Expedition has the factory equipped 7-way trailer connector as most do, once the controller is plugged into the connector located under the dash, typically next to the OBD connector, the controller should be fully operational and ready to go. If your Expedition has the 4-pole connector, you can adapt the existing trailer connector with the # 37185 adapter. The adapter would plug into the ex
    view full answer...

  • Should the Light on the Pod Brake Controller be On All the Time with No Trailer Connected
  • When no trailer is connected the light on brake controller # 39523 will either be flashing or off. If it is green all the time with no trailer connected that indicates a short to ground. This normally occurs when there is corrosion on the pins or where the wires attach on the trailer connector. I have included a link to the instructions that include a troubleshooting section. I have also included a link to our FAQ article on troubleshooting brake controllers for you.
    view full answer...

  • Is the Factory Brake Controller Plug Present on a 2010 F-150 Without the Factory Tow Package
  • It is possible that the brake controller plug is not present under the dash if the truck did not come with a factory tow package. The best way to determine if the plug is present is to check. I have attached a two videos showing how to access the factory brake controller plug for you to check out. You may notice that the trucks in the video are a 2009 and a 2012, but the videos should give you a good idea where to check for the brake controller plug on your 2010 Ford F-150
    view full answer...

  • Brake Controller Installation on 2009 Ford F150
  • Since a brake controller is not a vehicle-specific item, just about any controller would install on your F150 in the same manner. Just to the right of your steering wheel, there is a small cubby or coin tray in the dash. The connector for the brake controller is clipped to the rear of this tray. If you view the video I linked to, you can see the procedure for accessing the plug. You will also need a brake control wiring adapter, part # 22292 to connect your controller to the plug. If your
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up When Using the Tekonsah Primus IQ Brake Controller on a 1996 Ford F-350
  • It sounds to me like there is either a wiring issue between the brake controller and the trailer connector on the truck or the brake controller is bad. Since your trailer brakes lock up when you are connected to the truck, that would indicate that there is constant power on the brake output circuit. The first step that I would take is to use a circuit tester with an incandescent bulb like our Quickee Tester, # 3808, to test the pin in the 5 oclock position if you have a 7-way trailer connect
    view full answer...

  • Swapping Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller from 2005 Chevy Suburban to 2012 Ford Expedition EL
  • The Suburban and the Expedition will indeed use different pigtails or wiring adapters. For your 2012 Expedition, you would need the # 3035-P wiring adapter if the Expedition is equipped with the trailer tow package including the 7-way trailer connector at the rear bumper. If you do not have the factory 7-way, the controller would need to be hardwired using the universal pigtail, part # 20127 and the brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. The ETBC7 install kit includes everything
    view full answer...

  • Location of Blue Brake Output Wire Under a 2010 Ford Explorer with Tow Package
  • The blue brake wire on a 2010 Ford Explorer should run to the back of the vehicle along one of the frame rails, most likely the driver side, and on to another connector. The trailer connector that is at the back of the vehicle plugs into this connector. If your Explorer came with a factory 4-Way and not a 7-Way then you will need to tap into the wire that is in the forward connector along the frame rail. It should be a blue wire and you can access it by pulling back the protective cover hiding t
    view full answer...

  • Installing a Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Escape
  • To install the Voyager brake controller # 39510 on your 2013 Ford Escape you will need to hardwire it in. The brake controller should still have the blunt cut wires coming out of the back and that is what you will need to hardwire in the controller. You will also need to install a 4-Way wiring harness unless the vehicle already has one. You can use # 118566 to install a 4-Way. Then you would need a 4 and 7 way installation kit # ETBC7 to add the 7-Way and for the other wiring and accessories
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brake Controller on a 2006 Ford F-250 Only Works with Manual Override Lever
  • When a brake controller only works with the manual override and not with the brake pedal that indicates a problem along the brake controller red wire that carries the input signal from the brake switch. Use a circuit tester like # 3808 and test the red wire leading into the brake controller when you step on the brake pedal. If the wire does NOT show power then the most likely culprit is a blown or missing stop light or CHMSL fuse. Use the truck owners manual to find their locations to check t
    view full answer...

  • Installing a Draw-Tite Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Truck
  • It is strange that the Draw-Tite brake controller has 5 wires instead of 4. White should be the ground. Red is the input from the brake switch. Blue is out put to the trailer brakes. And my best guess is that orange is the power wire. You would need to use a circuit tester like # 3808 to test the wires on the truck side to be sure. Brake controller wiring is normally black, white, red, and blue. The other option is to use # 22292 to plug into the truck if you have an F-150 or # 3034-P for a F
    view full answer...

  • Brake Controller Activating Trailer Brakes on a 2007 Ford F-150 When Not Physically Accessed
  • This sounds as if one of several things is happening. Either you have received the incorrect Tekonsha Adapter (the correct one is part# 3035-P), the adapter is mis-wired, the power wire from the vehicle is connected to the brake switch wire from the brake pedal or you have a short on your power wire on your 2007 Ford F-150 which is directly effecting your brake switch. If you are using a 7-to-6 way adapter at your vehicle/trailer connection, it is possible that the adapter is not wired correc
    view full answer...

  • Installing Curt Discovery Brake Controller # C51120 on 1988 Ford F150
  • To hardwire the # C51120 Curt Brake Controller, you can either cut off the existing plug on its wiring harness or use the universal pigtail, part # C51515. The universal pigtail would provide an easy way to quickly disconnect the brake controller, should it become necessary. You would then use our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. If you do not already have a functional 4-pole trailer connector you would also need to install one using part # 118316. The install kit includes eve
    view full answer...

  • Activator Trailer Brake Controller Keeps Blowing Fuse on 2006 Ford Ranger when Using Manual Override
  • First, I recommend using a 30 amp circuit breaker, # PK54530, in place of a 30 amp fuse to power the controller. A circuit breaker will auto-reset so you do not have to replace a fuse. There may be some corrosion or dirt inside of or in the back of the vehicle side trailer connector that is causing a short and the fuse to blow. That is the first place I would look. To make sure the controller is wired correctly, the wires have the following functions: White is ground Black is 12 volt pow
    view full answer...

  • 2013 Ford Escape Brake Controller Wiring Kit Compatibility
  • Since a brake controller is not a vehicle specific item, either the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 and the Hopkins Agility Brake Controller # HM47294 would be compatible fit for your 2013 Ford Escape. My recommendation would be to use the Tekonsha Voyager # 39510. This is one of our better selling brake controllers and has proven itself to be user friendly and the manufacturer has a reputation for producing a high quality product. It also offers a wider range of fine tune power adj
    view full answer...

  • Installation of P3 Brake Controller on a 2011 Ford E350 with Brake Light that Grounds when Released
  • What you are going to need to do is cut the red wire from the # 3034-P and wire the end from the brake controller to a stoplight circuit that sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when released. You might also confirm that this circuit does not turn into a ground when brakes are released as well. I wish I could tell exactly what circuit to use, but the best recommendation I can give you would be to test the wires from the brake switch to determine which one to use, or you can run
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Voyager with No Lights On when Not Connected to Tow Vehicle
  • The green light on the front of the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 only comes on when a trailer is connected to the tow vehicle. I would recommend connecting your 2003 Ford Super Duty to a trailer and testing again. If there is still no lights on the controller you most likely have a problem with the power and/or ground circuit or there could be corrosion on your trailer connector. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this controller for you to check ou
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting Red Dot Not Appearing on a Pilot # 80550 with Manual Override Slid
  • It sounds like the controller could be working correctly. I would recommend you connect to a trailer and try again to see if the problem persists. The manual override typically will need to see a load on the circuit before it will actually put any voltage on the output circuit. So try connecting to a trailer and let me know what happens by emailing me back.
    view full answer...

  • Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, Part # 90195, Displays Message Output Shorted No Brakes
  • If your Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller, part # 90195, displays the error message OUTPUT SHORTED NO BRAKES, the potential causes are a short in the brake output circuit somewhere between the brake controller and the trailer brake assemblies, or a shorted or damaged brake magnet. Since you do have power reaching the trailer brake assemblies the issue is probably within them, rather than within the tow vehicle wiring, but if you wish you can still test the vehicle 7-way connector for a correct br
    view full answer...

  • Troubleshooting Malfunction on Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 on 2009 Ford F-150
  • Your Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 may be functional, but might have a different error due to a potential problem with the screen. Unplug the unit for 30 seconds and plug it back in. If that does not work, you will want to check the wiring to ensure it is not crimped or exposed, creating a short. I recommend testing the wiring on the tow vehicle side with a circuit tester such as # 3808. You will want to check the black power wire to see if it is getting juice from the
    view full answer...

  • Parts Needed to Install a Hopkins Agility Brake Controller on a 2011 Ford Escape
  • Yes, you could install the Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller # HM47294 on a 2011 Ford Escape. You will need a few other components to complete the installation but this controller would definitely work on your Escape. First you will need a 4-way connection at the rear of the vehicle if you do not have one. For that I would recommend you get a Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring # 118551. This will cover all of the turn signal and brake light functions for the trailer. Next you will
    view full answer...

  • Factory Brake Controller Connection Location on a 2013 Ford Explorer with Factory Tow Package
  • When installing a brake controller on a 2013 Ford Explorer with the factory tow package, the factory connector to connect the brake controller is located behind the driver side kick panel. Previous generations had the connector behind the passenger side glove box. That changed so on your 2013 it will be behind that kick panel. You will need harness # 3035-P for your P2, brake controller.
    view full answer...

  • OL and SH Error Codes on a P2 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2000 Ford F-150
  • The OL code indicates overload and the SH code indicates short circuit. The two codes are probably symptoms of the same problem. Since have have replaced the 7-Way it is likely that something got crossed, miswired, or a wire is touching bare metal causing excessive power draw and a short circuit. First, you should test the brake controller because it could have an internal error. Sever the blue wire a few inches back from the controller. Then use a circuit tester like # 3808 to test the end c
    view full answer...

  • Wiring a Dexter Predator Brake Controller, Part # 58-8, in a 2005 Ford F150
  • If your 2005 Ford F-150 has only 4 wires at the bumper (or only a 4-pole connector) and you need to install a 7-way vehicle-side connector, you could use the Hopkins # 37185. If you already have the 7-way connector on your truck, you will need to make the additional wire connections for the brake controller. (The 4 wires you have carry the brake light, running light and turn light signals for your trailer, plus a ground: white = ground, brown = running/brake lights, green = right turn signal a
    view full answer...

  • Complete Towing Setup for a 2005 Ford F-450 Cab and Chassis
  • The first thing I would do would be to check the end of the frame on the truck and see if there is actually space to install a trailer hitch. If the truck is similar to the one in the picture you provided, then I do not see a way to mount a hitch with the components underneath the dump bed. If space is available, you could use one of the heavy duty hitch options from Draw-Tite like part # 41947, which is a class V hitch rated up to 16000lbs towing capacity. I am including a link to the instal
    view full answer...

  • Where Does a Trailer Brake Controller Plug Into On a 2010 Ford Explorer
  • If your 2010 Ford Explorer came with a factory 7-Way trailer connector then you will use brake controller wiring harness # 3035-P which installs in a connector behind the passenger side glove compartment. I have linked a video showing a typical installation and a link to the installation instructions for the harness. If your Explorer came with a 4-Way flat connector but not a 7-Way, the connector behind the glove box may still be there but the blue wire for brake output will not be run all th
    view full answer...

  • What are the Ford OEM Wiring Functions for a Brake Controller on a 2004 Ford F-250
  • There are 2 possible Ford OEM brake controller wiring harness configurations. If your wire bundle has a pink wire in it then the functions are as follows: Pink on truck goes to Black on controller for 12 volt power Red on truck goes to Red on controller for input from stoplight switch While on truck goes to White on controller for ground Blue on truck goes to Blue on controller for output to trailer brakes Brown on truck is not used If your factory bundle does NOT have the pink wire bu
    view full answer...

  • Parts Needed to Install Tekonsha P2 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2000 Ford Ranger
  • The 2000 Ford Ranger does not have a plug or wire bundle under the dash to install a brake controller. You will need to hardwire in the controller. To do this you will need to first add a 4-Way trailer wiring harness, # 118344, unless you already have one. Then you would need a 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. I have included some links that explain and show the installation of the ETBC7 kit. The video is on a 2002 Ford Ranger and it will be very similar on your truck.
    view full answer...

  • Hard Wiring Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller, Part # 5100, in 2004 Ford F-250/F-350
  • Based on your photo it looks like the green-blue-red-white wires shown are from a factory-installed brake control harness. If you refer to the linked article on Ford brake controllers you will see a photo of the harness that I believe you have, which has the same 4 color wires. It is recommended that you test the functions on the red and green wires before connecting your brake controller. You can use a circuit tester like the Quickee # 3808. Red wire should carry +12 volts at all times. Gree
    view full answer...

  • No Power on 7-Way Connector on 2000 Ford F-350 With Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller, # TK90160
  • If your F-350 did not come with a complete factory tow package you may need to install some additional fuses and relays to get power to your 7-way. Your owners manual or the lid of your fuse box should have legends showing which fuses/relays activate/protect which circuits. If you only need the fuses and relays you can obtain these from a local auto parts store. If you prefer a complete kit with 30-amp fuses, relays and plug-in harness with 7-way connector, we offer the TowReady Custom Fit Ha
    view full answer...

  • Indicator LED on Tekonsha Voyager is Green Even When No Trailer is Connected
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha, who tried some experiments with an LED on the brake output circuit of a Voyager brake controller. He found that the LED did indeed pull voltage through the circuit, which would explain why you are getting a green light on the controller with no trailer connected and are reading 6-volts at the output pin on the 7-way. Essentially, the controller is seeing the power draw of the LED as a short circuit. To determine if this will cause a problem when towing a t
    view full answer...

  • Ensuring Best Braking Performance with Brake Controller on 2011 Ford F350
  • You can certainly install the Tekonsha P3 on your 2011 F350. A brake controller like the P3 is not vehicle specific, but you will need the brake controller wiring adapter, part # 3034-P which will allow the P3 to be plugged into the connector under the dash. Assuming that the brakes and related wiring on the trailer are in good condition, you should be able to adjust a brake controller so that it actuates your trailer brakes to your satisfaction. You do not mention which controller you are cu
    view full answer...

  • Tekonsha P3 Does Not Power On Installed on a 2000 Ford F-250 with Factory Tow Package
  • The first couple of things to check are very easy. Since your truck has the factory tow package it could be as simple as a missing or blown fuse on the circuit used to power a brake controller. Use the owners manual and/or legend on the power distribution box lid to find the fuse locations related to the tow package wiring and replace any that are needed. You can also use a circuit tester like # 3808 if needed to test the black wire behind the controller. If there is no power on the black wir
    view full answer...

  • Parts Needed to Add a 7-Way Trailer Connector on a 2012 Ford E-350 Van
  • f your 2012 Ford E-350 van does not have a trailer connector at all you will first need to install a 4-Way, # 118551, before you can install a 7-Way. Next you will need an 4 and 7 Way installation kit # ETBC7. This will provide the 7-Way and all of the wiring needed to make it functional and add a brake controller if needed. For a brake controller I recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885. It is one of our most popular controllers because it is reliable, easy to set up, and easy to sue. I have inc
    view full answer...

  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2007 Ford Explorer with a 4-Way Factory Connector
  • You can use that factory port for the brake controller, however, there is no 7-Way kit available for the 2007 Ford Explorer with factory 4-Way. You will have to find were the blue wire for brakes terminates. From our experience it terminates in a harness behind the driver side wheel well or behind the door. You will need to route a length of wire # 10-1-1 from this point back to the # 37185 blue wire. The black wire will need to be routed under the vehicle and to the positive battery terminal
    view full answer...

  • SH Error Code on a Tekonsha P2 Trailer Brake Controller with 2003 Ford F-250 In Reverse
  • It is possible that there is a short inside the 7-Way or on the pins. Check for dirt or corrosion on the pins and around back of the 7-Way where the wires attach. The ticking sound may be a circuit breaker or something else related to the tow package wiring that is tripping with the short. I am not sure why it goes away after a few shifts though unless it somehow can work itself out. You will also need to make sure that the connector you are using # 3035-P is pinned out correctly. If you are
    view full answer...

  • Where to Mount a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • After looking at some pictures of the interior on the 2013 Ford Explorer I could see two possible mounting locations for a brake controller. First, there does not appear to be a lot of room to the right of the steering wheel (if sitting in the driver seat) but the other side seems to have enough space below the vent left of the steering wheel. It is much less likely that there is anything behind that section. But you can crawl under the dash and shine a light up there to be sure. The other lo
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brakes and Brake Lights Do Not Work with Brake Pedal on 1993 Ford F-250 and Hayes Controller
  • Usually when the manual override works but not the brake pedal then that means there is a bad connection on the brake controller red wire and/or a blown stop light or CHMSL fuse. I recommend checking the fuses first using the owners manual and/or the legend on the power distribution box lid to find their locations. Then you can check the connection on the red wire to see if it is still intact or needs to be moved. You can also make sure the leveler knob is in the correct position because if t
    view full answer...

  • Can the 12 Volt Hot Lead on a 7-Way Run Through a Fuse Instead of a Circuit Breaker 1996 Ford Ranger
  • You can use an in line fuse instead of a circuit breaker for the hot lead on a 7-Way. However, the circuit breaker will automatically reset whereas a fuse would need to be replaced if it overloads. If you do use a fuse then make sure it is rated at 40 amps. If you do decide to go with a circuit breaker use # PK54540.
    view full answer...

  • Will Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 Work On 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 you referenced will work for your 2013 Ford Explorer as long as it is installed properly based on the instructions I have provided. I have provided links to both the installation instructions and a video review of this product. You will need the Draw-Tite Wiring Adapter # 20260 for the brake controller to work with your vehicles factory trailer connector.
    view full answer...

  • Electric Brake Controller Indicates Trailer is Connected When it is Not Connected
  • Brake controllers can be damaged by or malfunction from any number of things, from shorted wiring to a bad ground connection to a shorted brake magnet. If your controller became so hot that is generated a significant odor, then it has probably a safe bet that it has been damaged and needs to be replaced. Before you connect a new controller you need to completely check your wiring to identify and correct the cause for the problem; otherwise your new controller will potentially suffer the same
    view full answer...

  • Brake Controller and Parts Needed to Install on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • If you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your 2013 Ford Explorer then you would want to use a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3035-P to simply plug into the back of a brake controller like the Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 and then will plug into a port under the dash, near the center console. If you have a 4-way harness already you will need a Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit # ETBC7. This kit comes with everything you will need to convert your 4-way to a 7-way. I attach
    view full answer...

  • Installation of Tekonsha P-3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 on 2006 Ford Expedition
  • Using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3035-P you referenced, you should be able to install the Tekonsha P-3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 by mounting the item under the dash of your 2006 Ford Expedition. You will need to plug the one end of the adapter to the brake controller and the other end into the built-in harness beneath your vehicles dash. I have included a link to the instruction for the proper installation of the adapter. I have also included a link to a video showing the i
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2012 Ford Expedition with Factory Tow Package
  • There basically two types of brake controllers: time delay and proportional. Time delay controllers, like # 39523 that you have referenced, send back a pre-set amount of voltage over a certain amount of time which can be adjusted. It can take some time determining the best set up for any given trailer when using a time delay controller and there is more wear and tear on both the vehicle and the trailer. The benefit is that time-delay controllers do not have many mounting restrictions. Proport
    view full answer...

  • What is the Purpose of the Number Display on the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500
  • The number that shows up on the display of the Activator II when you are braking is the power output that your brake controller is sending back to your trailer brakes. The output level can be adjusted using the output control wheel next to the output display. During initial set up, it is recommended to set the power level to 2 and adjust the power up or down until firm braking is reached with the trailer. You do not want the trailer brakes to lock up completely, but to brake with the same in
    view full answer...

  • What Can Cause Weak Electric Drum Trailer Brakes Using a Power Stop Brake Controller
  • The first thing you are going to want to test is the brake controller. Sever the brake output wire behind the back of the controller a few inches. Then use a circuit tester or multimeter like # BTMT15 to test the end coming out of the controller. If the controller output setting is set to the highest level, the tester should show approximately 12 volts. If it does, reconnect the wire. If it does not continue testing to see if the output fluctuates or changes at all. If it does change or will
    view full answer...

  • Is Red Light on Hayes Trailer Brake Controller Supposed to Light Up with Brake Pedal and No Trailer
  • I spoke with my contact at Hayes and on the Energize III controller, # 81741B, the red light will come on when you step on the brakes with the trailer connected or not. Also, you should see some brightness variation in the light. The best way to test it is to use the manual override lever and see if the light gets bright when on full and dimmer as you release the lever. If it does not, use a circuit tester like # 3808 if needed to test the voltage output at the 7-Way connector while someone a
    view full answer...

  • What Color is the Brake Switch Wire to Use to Install a Draw Tite Activator Brake Controller
  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
    view full answer...

  • Where to Mount a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Escape
  • Since you have the P2, # 90885, it has a wide mounting range (a full 360 degrees in the direction of travel) as long as it is not tilted or turned to the side at all. The only other stipulation is that it needs to be within the reach of the driver. Based on this information you should be able to find the best location. After looking at some pictures of the 2013 interior, the area on the center console, above the climate controls, there appears to be a ridge that sticks out so that is a possi
    view full answer...

  • LED Does Not Change Color and Trailer Brakes Only Work with Manual Override on Voyager Brake Control
  • The first thing I would check is the leveling knob on the controller and also make sure it is mounted within the ranges specified in the instructions (linked for you). If either of these are off then the brakes will work with the manual override but not the brake pedal necessarily). This would also explain the LED not changing color. Once you have it leveled and mounted correctly test again. If that does not solve the issue check the power output on the red wire when you step on the brakes. I
    view full answer...

  • Parts Needed to Add a Trailer Brake Controller to a 2000 Ford Ranger
  • To add a brake controller to your 2000 Ford Ranger you will start by adding a 4-Way connector, # 118344, unless the truck already has one. Then you will need a 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. This will add a 7-Way trailer connector and provide the wiring to install the brake controller. I have included some links that will explain the installation for you. The brake controller you referenced, # 90885, is a good choice. It is one of our most popular controllers because it is easy to set
    view full answer...

  • Trailer Brakes Work but Brake Controller Gives NC Error Message
  • It may be a dirty trailer connector or a bad ground that is causing some issues on your brake controller. It could also be a malfunctioning display. The first thing I would check is the controller. Sever the blue wire a few inches back from the controller and use a circuit tester like # 3808 to test the end that is coming out the controller. Fully apply the manual override level. If it still reads NC check the wiring going to the controller for loose connections or bad wiring then test again. If
    view full answer...






Stay Connected


Subscribe to our newsletter

Email  

privacy - we don't send unsolicited email





Only 18 Hours 34 Minutes Remaining

etrailer.com reviews etrailer.com reviews

All images, layout and content copyright etrailer.com








Subscribe to email newsletter

Email  

privacy - we don't send unsolicited email



Only 18 Hours 34 Minutes Remaining

etrailer.com reviewsetrailer.com reviews

All images, layout and content copyright etrailer.com