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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Reads 0.0 Occasionally When Brake are Applied
  • Normally if a brake controller is reading 0.0 when the brakes are applied that just means that the gain of the controller is adjusted all the way down. You may just have to turn the gain of the controller up. The fact that it only does occasionally might imply that it's a loose wire for the controller or there is corrosion on the 7-way that needs to be cleaned off. Otherwise, it is hard to know exactly where the problem lies, but the first thing I would check would be to test the manual...
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  • 2015 Toyota Highlander Brake Controller and Trailer Wiring Recommendation
  • Since you do not have a factory trailer wiring you will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one already). For that you would want the # 56042. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Installation on 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The Draw-Tite Activator II brake controller you referenced is compatible with trailers that have between 1 and 4 axles, so it's an acceptable choice for your 3 axle trailer. I'm linking you to our Brake Controller Installation Troubleshooting FAQ article. The article contains several different strategies for troubleshooting your controller. The typical suspects for the problem you describe are the controller itself, the trailer connector on the vehicle or on the trailer, and the...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • The 2012 Tacoma doesn't have the connector under the dash for installing a brake controller but all's not lost, you can still hardwire the brake controller. We have the resources to walk you though the install, step by step. You'll first need a brake controller like the Tekonsha P2 you referenced, part # 90885. You'll then need our brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. The kit includes an adapter that would plug into an existing 4-pole trailer connector to convert it into...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation For 2005 Land Rover LR3
  • It is a good idea to install a brake controller on your 2005 Land Rover LR3 when towing your camper. With a brake controller installed, it can eliminate the push-pull action you can experience when towing a trailer or camper. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. This is a proportional controller that activates the brakes on your camper in direct proportion to the braking action of your LR3. This results in less wear and tear on both your LR3 and the camper...
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  • Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Installation on 2007 Silverado 3500 Duramax With OEM Controller
  • You have a lot of company in being a Silverado owner who has decided to install an excellent Tekonsha P3 brake controller, part # 90195, in place of the OEM brake controller. The Prodigy P3 is among the most reliable and easy-to-use brake controllers on the market and it is highly-rated by our customers. It will absolutely deliver superior performance to the OEM unit. We offer a detailed help article, which I have linked for you, that explains the step-by-step installation process for...
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  • How Does the Boost Levels of the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Work
  • Tekonsha's P3 brake controller offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 13 percent or 25 percent of the predetermined power setting. So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster....
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  • Troubleshooting P.L. Code from a Prodigy Brake Controller
  • The problem you are describing is most likely related to the wiring of the brake controller. The P.L. error messages stands for power interruption when the brake is pressed. 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 in the wiring and check the trailer connectors on the pin...
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  • Brake Controller Installation in 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • According to my research, the Toyota Highlander doesn't have the connector under the dash to install a brake controller. In order to install your brake controller, you'll need to hardwire the controller using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit contains everything needed to install a brake controller, except for the brake controller itself. The Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 would be an excellent choice. The controls and display are very user-friendly, which makes it...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller Installation
  • Assuming your brake controller was correctly installed from the get-go, you should show a constant 12-volts on the pin in the 1:00 position and voltage on the brake output pin in the 5:00 position only when the manual override on the brake controller is actuated. If your vehicle has the tow package, and the controller has been plugged in to a connector under the dash. If you're not showing a constant 12-volts on the 1:00 connector pin, you might have a missing or blown fuse. On some...
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  • Installing Brake Controller On 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • When installing the Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, you will need to test the green plug you found under the 2010 Sprinter seat with a circuit tester like part # 3808. You will want to make sure all of the functions exist in the wiring plug before splicing into the wiring to attach the brake controller harness. I have attached an installation video for a brake controller on a Sprinter you can check out. The wiring should be very similar for your Sprinter. I have also attached...
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  • How to Test If Brake Controller is Working on 2007 Chevy TrailBlazer
  • We do have an FAQ article on testing brake controls, which I have linked to. Basically you will want to first verify the following: 1. The trailer is plugged into tow vehicle 2. Gain is set to max 3.Trailer brakes are adjusted according to manufacturers specification 4. Battery voltage (approximately 12-13 volts) between the Black power wire and the White ground wire at the rear of the brake controller. (This is the input voltage.) With the manual slide lever fully applied,...
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  • Troubleshooting Low Voltage on Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller
  • The Primus is a proportional controller so you actually have to be moving to get the proper voltage sent back when using the brake pedal, but the manual override will send the full power (up to what it is set to) back to the trailer connector. With that said, it sounds like you are losing voltage somewhere between the brake controller and the trailer connector. First thing I would try is sliding the manual override a few times and adjusting the gain knob up and down to help clear the...
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  • What Components Are Needed To Convert Sixties Trailer From Air Brakes To Electric
  • Sounds like a big project to undertake. I have attached a helpful article that explains all of the components needed to add electric brakes to a trailer you can check out. Unfortunately, we do not have hubs and drums designed to work with 20 inch wheels, so I would not be able to recommend any of the systems we have to offer. Another consideration is the brake mounting flange. If you do not have a brake mounting flange on your axle, you would need to have a certified welder install...
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  • Replacement Wiring Harness Recommendation for a P2 Brake Controller part # 90885
  • If you are looking for the replacement wiring harness that plugs into the back of the P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 that has 4 blunt cut wires you would want the # 7894. This is the universal wiring harness that comes with the P2. If you are looking for the correct harness to use to install this controller in your 2007 Nissan Xterra you would instead want the part # 3050-P.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation and Installation for a 2007 Chevy Silverado New Body
  • In our fitguide we refer your truck as a 2007 Chevy Silverado New Body. To install the P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 in your truck you will need to run the wires of the controller to the brake controller wiring harness under the dash of your truck and then connect a few underhood connections. There is no additional adapter needed. I attached an install video and a help article that will detail exactly how this is done.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for a 2015 Ram 2500 5.7 Liter Hemi
  • I recommend the Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 because it's easy to install and very user friendly. It can also be used with electric over hydraulic brake systems. This brake controller is one of our most popular and even has a LED display. You will also need the Plug-in wiring adapter # 3021-P which allows for a quick, simple installation of your electric trailer brake controller # 90885. It will plug into the port on your 2015 Ram 1500 built-in brake control wiring harness. I...
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  • Location Of Vehicle Brake Controller Plug Under Dash On 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
  • The connector that attaches to the wiring adapter, part # 3050-P on your 2015 Nissan Pathfinder should be located under the dash near the brake pedal. There should be a 6-pin connector that mates with the 3050-P. Since you mentioned you have the factory tow package, the plug should be in the location mentioned above. If you are not able to locate the plug, you may want to check with your dealership for the plug location.
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  • Do I Need Brake Controller with Ford F-650 Truck to Tow Trailer with Electric Brakes
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he confirmed that you will definitely want to install a brake controller on your new Ford F-650 when towing a trailer with electric brakes. The major reason for using a brake controller is safety. Without a brake controller to engage the trailer brakes you would have to rely on the towing vehicle to stop itself and the trailer. Because trailers are often heavy there is a lot of momentum that needs to be slowed and vehicle brakes are not made for this...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installation On 1991 Ford F-150
  • You will want to start from the beginning to make sure the wires are all connected properly on your 1991 Ford F-150. It sounds like you have somehow connected a 12V constant power wire to your connector. I have attached a drawing that shows how the pins should be wired on a 6-way trailer connector. The drawing shows both the trailer and the vehicle side of a 6-way round plug. The red wire that is coming from the brake controller should be connected to the cold side of the brake...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2015 Honda Odyssey
  • It sounds like you have a great plan for travel with your new 2015 Honda Odyssey. The draw-Tite Activator lV Brake Controller, part # 5504 that you referenced is a time-delayed brake controller that uses a preset intensity for applying the brakes. To be honest, I would recommend a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Primus IQ, part # TK90160. This applies the brakes on your camper in direct proportion to the amount of intensity you apply to the brake pedal in your towing...
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  • Troubleshooting P3 Brake Controller that Locks Up Brakes at Parking Lot Speeds by Touching Brake
  • We had another customer with a similar problem say that his P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 would lock up the trailer brake while at campground speeds and he was able to prevent that problem by turning the boost of the controller down to zero. You might also double check to make sure your brake controller is orientated properly with the direction of travel. Check out the picture I attached for more info.
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  • Troubleshooting the Codes on a Prodigy Brake Controller
  • When the brake controller # 90185 displays a flashing ".c", it means you are connected. Everything is good and all I recommend is setting your boost level/power control. When it shows 0.0 on the display whether your foot is depressing the brake or not, most likely means your power control is set to 0. To adjust the power to the trailer brakes, connect the trailer to your tow vehicle, with engine running hold manual full left and set power know to 6.0. Then drive the tow vehicle and...
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  • Moving P3 Brake Controller From 2001 GMC Sierra With Harness Adapter To 2008 GMC Sierra
  • You can use the harness like part # 20127 for your P3 Brake Controller, part # 90195 on your 2008 GMC Sierra. You will have to modify it a bit since there is no harness connector under the dash of your Sierra to just simply plug in to. You would need to cut the end of the harness off that plugged into the port on your 2001 Sierra, and hardwire it as the included help article explains. You can still use the harness to provide a quick disconnect for the controller. In the help article...
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  • Brake Controller for a 2015 Chevy Traverse with Factory Tow Package
  • There are basically 2 types of brake controllers: time delay and proportional. I would only recommend using a time delay controller if the trailer weight never changes since they require a lot more adjustment and fine tuning to get the trailer braking right when compared to proportional controllers. A proportional controller will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much your 2015 Chevy Traverse is braking. As such it is the safest way to stop and reduces wear and tear on the...
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  • Can Hayes Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller # HA100400B Work on Vehicles with Positive Ground
  • According to my technical contact at Hayes, their # HA100400B Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller for electric trailer brakes CAN be used with vehicles like your Mack that have a positive ground electrical system. All you need to do is give a call to Hayes when you do your installation for instructions on how to convert the polarity. No additional parts are required.
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  • What Circuits on 7-Way Need to Be Active for a Prodigy RF Brake Controller part # 90250 to Function
  • Yes, for the Prodigy RF Brake Controller part # 90250 that you referenced the only circuit you will need to be active for the controller to function is the taillight circuits and the 12 volt accessory circuit. I attached an install video for this brake controller for you to check out as well.
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  • Troubleshooting Cruise Control Not Working After Brake Controller Install
  • Sounds like you connected the red (stoplight switch circuit) wire to the wrong circuit on your truck. When the cruise control on a vehicle starts acting up that is a tell-tale sign that the wrong circuit is being used for the red wire. What you want to do is use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test the wires near the brake pedal to find the circuit that only sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when the brakes are released. Correcting this should take care of both...
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  • How to Install a Prodigy P2 Brake Controller in a 2014 Ford F-150
  • To install your P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 in your 2014 Ford F-150 with the tow package all you need is the correct install harness, part # 22292. The # 3035-P would not work for you so I cannot recommend it for you. To see how the brake controller and harness will install in a very similar 2013 Ford F-150 check out the install video I attached. The vehicle may be a different year but the install will be identical.
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy P3 Brake Controller On 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • This is a tough one. Finding the source of the problem can be really tough and time consuming. Unfortunately, if your P3 # 90195 is receiving power and showing a display, the problem will be in the wiring somewhere between the brake controller and the brakes, and not any of the fuses. When you said that the brakes are no longer being applied I assume you are talking about both sides. If just the right side is not working then the problem will be in the wire that splits on the harness...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Wiring on Trailer Pulled by 2000 GMC 1500
  • Is it the marker lights on the truck or on the trailer that aren't working? I believe the corrosion in your 7-way to 4-pole adapter caused something to short out, which probably damaged your trailer connector. I'd recommend a replacement like part # HM40975. If the malfunctioning running lights are on the truck, check the fuse box under the hood next to the battery. The lid of the fuse box will have a diagram showing which fuse protects which circuit. If it's the trailer running...
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  • Pilot Brake Controller Only Shows One Red Dot with Trailer Connected and No Numbers with Override
  • If you are seeing just the dot with a trailer connected and it does not change when you use the manual override knob or the press the brake pedal that indicates a poor connection on the brake output wire. This can be caused by a dirty or corroded trailer connector. Check the vehicle and trailer side trailer connectors and make sure they are clean and free of corrosion inside and out. You can also test the brake controller. At the back of the truck you can test the brake output pin...
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  • Will Factory Brake Controller On 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Work With Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The factory brake controller in your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 is not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes without an adapter. It sounds like you are getting a current and they are working but as you said the level is set much higher. You may have an issue with the trailer battery that is hooked up to the actuator. You should charge it or check to see if it needs to be replaced. That may be why you need to increase the voltage from the brake controller. It is recommended...
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  • Troubleshooting a Tekonsha Voyager that Light Stays Green When Brakes Are Applied
  • The green light on the Tekonsha Voyager # 39510 indicates that the controller senses that a trailer is connected. If the knob on the left side of the controller is turned up and the brakes of the tow vehicle are applied the light should begin to pulsate between orange and green. If yours isn't doing this I would suspect that the brake light wire (red) of the controller is not connected to a circuit that sees voltage when the brakes are applied. You will want to find a circuit that sees...
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Tundra
  • The correct brake controller install harness for your 2015 Toyota Tundra so that you can install your Prodigy Brake Controller part # 90185 is the part # 3017-P.
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  • Differences Between the Voyager and P3 Brake Controller
  • There are a few differences between the two controllers. The Voyager has been around for a looooooooong time. It uses an internal pendulum to determine how quickly the tow vehicle is braking. In order to operate correctly, this level of the pendulum needs to be adjusted. The Voyager also lacks a digital display which makes troubleshooting more difficult. The controller does not provide boost settings and is not compatible with electric over hydraulic braking systems. The Prodigy P3...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2002 Nissan Frontier
  • Since your 2002 Nissan Frontier did not come with a factory 7-Way you will need to hardwire in a brake controller such as the P2 # 90885. You will just need to use an installation kit # 5506. To install the controller you will need to attach the white brake controller wire to the negative battery terminal. Black goes to the positive terminal via the circuit breaker included with the 5506 kit. The blue wire will need to connect to the back of the 7-Way in the 7 oclock position if looking...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2006 Dodge Ram Towing TrailsWest Gooseneck Trailer
  • A brake controller isn't a vehicle specific item, so you can use just about any brake controller you wish. There are two types of controllers, time delayed or proportional. A time delayed controller will always send the same amount of voltage to the trailer brakes (depending on how the controller's been set) whether you're tapping on the pedal or braking very hard. A proportional controller can sense how quickly the tow vehicle is stopping, and will send the proper amount of voltage to...
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  • Wiring Needed for Brake Controller on 2015 Ford Explorer
  • Sounds like you need a 7-way connection. I recommend # ETBC7 as it includes everything you need to install an electric trailer brake controller and 7-way connector. If you happen to need a brake controller I recommend the Prodigy P2 # 90885. It is extremely easy to install and operate. Since your 2015 Ford Explorer does not have a factory tow package you can use the included wiring harness as a hardwire installation. I have included a few installation videos, FAQ's and instructions...
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  • Replacing Current Brake Controller with Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 on 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • I spoke with my technical contact at Tekonsha and with a little research we found that the brake controller that is currently in your 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is actually an aftermarket controller manufactured by Curt but branded Mopar. When it comes to replacing this brake controller with the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller, # 90195, we recommend using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3045-P, to ensure compatibility. As for mounting the P3 in your Cherokee, there...
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  • Will P3 Trailer Brake Controller Fit 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he said that the P3 brake controller # 90195 is a fit for your 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. For connecting a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controlller to the port underneath the dash of your 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe you will want a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 3016. I attached an installation video for this product on a similar vehicle as yours for you to check out also. I also attached an FAQ on installing brake controllers.
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  • Recommended way to Setup a Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller on a 2010 Freightliner Tractor
  • Your best bet would be to wire a RV blade-style 7-way vehicle end connector on your 2010 Freightliner tractor, using a tail light converter # 119178 and a 7-way RV blade-style socket # PK12707. The 7-way you have now should have separate circuits for the brake lights and turn signals. The RV industry uses combined circuits which is why the converter is needed. On the converter input wires, red is for brake lights, brown is for running lights, white is ground, yellow is left turn signal...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Brake Controller to 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with Factory 4 Way
  • Looks like you've got this all figured out. The Universal Installation Kit, # ETBC7, that you mentioned does include the wiring and accessories required to install a trailer brake controller in your 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited which is already equipped with a 4 way. As for the brake controller, yes, the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller, # 39523, will work for you. This easy-to-use brake controller activates your trailer brakes electronically when you engage the brakes...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 1999 Ford F-250
  • Aftermarket brake controllers like our best selling P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 only have 4 wires. Some vehicle have a fifth wire in the brake controller wiring that won't be needed to complete the installation. For your 1999 Ford F250 all you would need to install the P2 would be the correct harness, part # 3035-P. For more information on this check out the install video and help article I attached.
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  • Troubleshooting a Brake Controller that Has Voltage on Output Circuit all the Time
  • If the brake output circuit (blue wire) has 12 volts on it all the time that means that most likely the controller also has 12 volts on the red wire (stoplight switch) as well. If not, then that means the controller is damaged internally and needs to be replaced. If the red wire has 12 volts all the time it is connected to the wrong circuit on your vehicle. You want to use a circuit that only sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when released. You may need a circuit tester...
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  • Hopkins Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Harness for a 2014 Toyota Tundra
  • Yes, there is a Hopkins brake controller wiring harness that you can use with your 2014 Toyota Tundra and Hopkins InSIGHT brake controller # HM47297. You will need wiring harness # HM47815. I have linked a video review of this harness for you.
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  • Best Brake Controller Recommendation for Towing a Camper
  • 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. This is a proportional controller that will sense the amount of braking that your tow vehicle is applying and will apply the same amount of braking power to the trailer brakes. I attached a demo video for this controller for you to check out as well. You didn't tell me what year Toyota 4Runner you have...
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  • Wiring Adapter to Install Hayes Synchronizer # HA81725 Brake Controller in 2008 Toyota Tacoma
  • Hayes does indeed offer a brake controller wiring adapter that's compatible with the 2008 Toyota Tacoma that's equipped with the factory 7-way trailer connector, part # HA81785-HBC. I've provided you a photo of what the connector that will plug in under the dash looks like. It's a four pin connector, and you can clearly see the pin-out in the photo I've edited for you. Your factory connector under the dash will have 5 pins, but the aftermarket wiring adapters and brake controllers...
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  • Will the Prodigy RF Brake Controller Work with a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg
  • Yes, you could use the Prodigy RF brake controller, # 90250, with your 2015 Volkswagen Touareg. but you may end up needing a special adapter, # 20142, if you have a hard time getting the RF module to pair with the handheld unit.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation For 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
  • Since brake controllers have manual override levers or switches The installation of the controller is critical so the override can be used if needed. I do not recommend trying to install a brake controller without installing the bracket securely so that the brake controller can be adjusted or used. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake Controller, part # 90885. This is a proportional controller that will work with electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes and can work with up to...
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  • Does a Brake Controller have to be Spliced into a 2001 Ford F-150
  • You will not need to splice into anything to install a brake controller on your 2001 Ford F-150. The wiring harness you are using, # 3035-P plugs into the port on the truck and has all of the functions needed to operate the brake controller. No splicing needed for this installation. If the controller is not working when you step on the brake pedal then you likely have a blown stop light or CHMSL (center high mount stop lamp) fuse. Use the truck owners manual to find the fuse locations.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Lights that Stopped Working
  • Most likely the problem you are experiencing on the lights of your trailer is not due to the Tekonsha Brake Controller part # 90250 that you have. But you can check the connections of the brake controller and make sure the pins are all clean of corrosion. Most likely the problem is ground related. The main connector grounds should be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. The light grounds should also be attached to clean and corrosion free bare metal surfaces. If...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Brake Controller that LED Stays On All the Time
  • The Red LED indicator on the front of the controller # HA81745 should only be on when the trailer brakes are being applied. The first thing to check is that the red wire of the controller is attached to a circuit that only sees 12 volts when the vehicles brakes are applied and none when released. It sounds like there is a short to the blue wire (brake output) on the brake controller. This can be caused by corrosion in or behind the vehicle and trailer side connectors. Power from the...
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  • Can a Brake Controller be Installed on a 2009 Volkswagen Crafter
  • The 2009 Volkswagen Crafter is similar to the Mercedes/Dodge Sprinter. In order to install a brake controller on this vehicle you would have to hardwire it in. I have included links to some videos that should help along with our help article on the 4- and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. We do not have any custom wiring for the 2009 VW Crafter so you may need to visit a VW dealership to get trailer wiring if needed. If the vehicle already has the appropriate trailer connector then you...
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  • Activator III Brake Controller Does Not Work with the 2013 Ram 1500 Powernet System
  • In 2013 Chrysler introduced a new electrical system called the Powernet. This new system necessitated a new brake controller wiring harness design, # 3023-P. But there are only certain brake controllers that are compatible with the Powernet system. The Draw-Tite Act III is not one of them but the early models, Act I # 5100 and Act II # 5500 are compatible along with proportional brake controllers # 90885, # 90195, # TK90160, and # 39510. For a brake controller to work properly with the...
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  • Short Circuit P3 Brake Control Install on 2014 Chevy Silverado Caused Control to Stop Working
  • The 2104 Chevy Silverado owners manual should tell you where any and all fuses are located related to the tow package/brake controller wiring. If none of those fuses are blown then the short likely damaged the internal components of the brake controller and will need to be replaced. You could test the controller by plugging in it like normal (assuming all the fuses are good) and then use a circuit tester such as # 3808 to test the black wire going into the brake controller. If it has...
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  • Wiring Brake Controller On 2011 Monaco Knight Motorhome With Air Brakes
  • Since you have checked it out and are unable to find a wire at the top of your brake pedal, you will need to find a dedicated circuit as you described. If your third brake light only works when the brakes are applied you can use that wire for your Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. If you are able to find a dedicated fuse in your fuse box, it may be easier to use a fuse tap like part # F2526 and tap into the fuse box for your brake circuit. It would certainly be easier to...
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  • Brake Controller and Installation for a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • The only way to install a brake controller in your 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee is to hardwire it. There are no plug in adapter options available. You can use one of our kits, part # 5506 to install your brake controller. The kit includes a length of duplex cable to reach from the controller to the battery. The black wire connects to the positive battery terminal via a 30 amp circuit breaker that is included in the kit and the white wire would ground to the negative battery terminal. The...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation and Wiring Harness Needed for 2012 Ram 1500
  • We can help you with choosing a suitable trailer brake controller as well as the correct wiring harness and other components to get you ready for towing. The brake controller you referenced, the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885, is the most popular unit we sell and it is highly rated by our customers for its easy set up and reliable performance. Plus this controller offers the flexibility to work with both electric and electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes. Not all brake controllers have...
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  • Primus IQ Brake Controller and 7-Way Installation in 1995 Ford F-150 Without Factory Tow Package
  • In your 1995 Ford F-150 there should be a brake controller connection port under the dash. This is usually a grey connector near the diagnostic port on the underside of the dash. Please refer to the linked photo. If you have this connector you can use wiring adapter # 3035-P to connect your Primus IQ brake controller # TK90160. You will also need a brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7, which includes the 7-way socket, connectors and circuit breakers. This kit includes the wiring...
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  • Replacement 7-Way Recommendation for a 1999 Dodge Ram
  • Since all you have is the wiring from your old 7-way you are going to want a 7-way with a wiring harness like part # HM47210. You will need to wire it by function to your vehicle's wiring. I don't know the color codes for your trailer connector so you will need to use a circuit test like part # 3808 to determine the function of each wire, label them, and then wire to the # HM47210 by function. The colors of the # HM47210 are: White is ground Blue is brake output Green is right...
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  • Is a Brake Controller Needed for Activating the Brakes of a Boat Trailer with Surge Brakes
  • Your trailer has surge brakes on it so you do not need to install a brake controller to activate them. Surge brakes use the inertia of a vehicle trying to stop the trailer to compress the hydraulic fluid in the master cylinder which then transfers to the brake assemblies and activates the trailer's brakes. Since your trailer has a 5-pin socket this would indicate that it has an electric lockout solenoid. What an electric lock out does is prevent the fluid from being sent to the brake...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Shows Random Output Numbers While Driving
  • Sounds like the brake switch wire (red) of the brake controller is intermittently shorting out to the 12 volt power supply wire (black) and is causing the controller to show bizarre display readings. I would inspect the wiring for the brake controller looking for any obvious signs of shorts such as exposed or cut wire and insulate as needed. I also attached a help article on brake controller troubleshooting for you to check out as well.
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  • Installation of the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller with Wiring Adapter on a Toyota Tundra
  • The closest video we have showing the installation of the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 brake controller # 90195 and wiring adapter # 3040-P, is the 2010 Toyota Tundra. It will show the installation of the P2 but it's exactly the same installation for the P3. At this time we haven't done an installation video on a 2008 Toyota Tundra. See the video of the 2010 Tundra and a helpful article as well.
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  • Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 Blowing Fuse on 2015 BMW X5
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and in order to correct the issue of the circuit being overloaded when installing the Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, # TK90160, on your 2015 BMW X5, you will need to install a Pulse Preventer, # 5501. The pulse preventer will need to be wired backwards which will allow power to come from the vehicle but will block power from coming out of the controller and back to the vehicle. Once you have installed the pulse preventer, I recommend taking your...
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  • Function of the Blue Wire for the Warner Air Utility Brake Control # 1300-80
  • The blue wire of the Warner Air Utility Brake Control # 1300-80 gets run to the brake output circuit of the trailer connector that is used on the tow vehicle. This is the circuit that carries the braking power for the trailer's brakes. I attached a diagram that shows how this controller wires to a vehicle for you to check out as well.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller in a 2010 Honda Pilot
  • Sounds like your 2010 Honda Pilot has a 4-way at the rear of it currently and you are looking for a way to convert it to a 7-way and also install a P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. For a trailer wiring harness you would want the Curt Harness part # 56097. This will convert the 4-way to a 7-way. Now to install the brake controller you will need the # 3070-P install harness that you referenced.
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  • Parts Needed to Install Primus Brake Controller on a 2013 Toyota Tundra with Factory Tow Package
  • The only time a circuit breaker would be needed is if you were hardwiring in a brake controller to a vehicle. On vehicles where the brake controller just plugs in you will not need to add any circuit breakers. For your 2013 Toyota Tundra with factory tow package and Primus brake controller you would use wiring harness # 3040-P to plug it right into the truck. I have linked a video showing a brake controller being installed on a 2013 Tundra using this harness. If you have the Toyota...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Install on a 2004 Chevy Silverado that Won't Power Up
  • There are a few underhood connections that need to be made on your 2004 Chevy Silverado in order for the P3 brake controller # 90195 to work that you installed with the # 3015-P. To see how to make those connections check out the install video and help article I attached.
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  • Error Code E1 and E2 on a Hopkins Reliance 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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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller # 90185 Showing OL and SH Codes
  • I would first start by checking the connectors on the truck and the trailer. You will want to make sure that both are free of dirt and corrosion. The next step would be to test the connector on your truck. With the trailer disconnected, you will want to make sure that the brake output pin has power when using the manual override on the Tekonsha Prodigy Trailer Brake Controller, # 90185. If this pin has no power or if the controller shows an overload while testing, there is a problem...
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  • What is Power Wheel Used for on Tekonsha Primus Electric Trailer Brake Controller
  • The power wheel on the Tekonsha Primus Electric Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 adjusts the amount of power sent to the trailer brakes. More power (rotating the knob toward the front of the vehicle) will set the brakes more aggressively and the opposite is true when rolling the wheel back toward the rear of the vehicle. You want to set it to a point where just enough power is sent to effectively brake but not lock up the trailer brakes. I have included a link to the installation details...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller For 2006 Ford E-450 Class C Motor Home
  • One of the best brake controllers we offer is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885, because it is so easy to install and operate. This will work with electric or electric over hydraulic brakes and 1 to 4 axles. The # 3034-P harness is the correct harness to use. You can check out the attached photo to see where the brake controller port is on your 2011 Ford E-450 motorhome. The plug will be behind the door that is pointed out using the screwdriver in the picture.
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  • Parts Needed to Add Trailer Brake Controller to 2005 Mercury Mountaineer with 4-Pole Flat Connector
  • Brake controller installation on your 2005 Mercury Mountaineer that has a 4-pole flat trailer connector will require just the brake controller and a 7-way socket. An outstanding reliable brake controller with versatile features is the Prodigy P2 # 90885. This is the most popular unit we sell and it is highly-rated by our customers for its easy set-up. Along with this you'll need 7-way # 37185 which plugs in to your existing 4-pole and provides connectors for your brake circuit (blue...
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  • Installing a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller on a 2015 Ram 1500 with Factory 7-Way
  • Yes, the connector is the same on the 2014 and 2015 Ram 1500. I contacted Tekonsha and you will also need the Plug-in wiring adapter # 3021-P which allows for a quick, simple installation of your electric trailer brake controller # 90885. It will plug into the port on your 2015 Ram 1500 built-in brake control wiring harness. Please note that if you live in or tow through California, California regulations require additional part number # 30235-P because your trailer brake lights must...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2010 Volvo XC60
  • We can help you with everything you need to install a trailer brake controller on your 2010 Volvo XC60. Since you already have a 4-pole wiring harness in place you're already half way there! You'll just need to select a controller, such as the popular and reliable Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 and an installation kit # ETBC7. The linked video and article will give you detailed step by step illustration of the installation process. The trailer brake controller will not affect the...
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  • 7-Way and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2012 Ford Escape with 4-Way
  • For your 2012 Ford Escape that has a 4-way wiring harness currently you would only need the part # ETBC7 plus a brake controller. The # ETBC7 comes with everything needed to convert the 4-way to a 7-way plus install a brake controller. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our best selling proportional brake controller because of how well it...
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  • Does 1999 Nissan Frontier Have Connector Under the Dash to Install Brake Controller
  • Nissan didn't start offering the tow package with the brake controller plug under the dash until the 2005 model year. In order to install your bake controller, you'll need to hardwire your brake controller using our Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The ETBC7 includes everything needed to install a brake controller on your vehicle, but you'll need a functional 4-pole trailer connector. If you don't have a 4-pole, you'll need to install one using part # 118362. The kit includes an adapter...
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  • Installing Prodigy P2 # 90885 Brake Controller on 2015 Honda Pilot EX-L
  • The P3 uses a different sort of bracket, that's more like a clip. The problem with mounting the mounting pocket using the hook and loop stuff is that it's not a tight connection. It takes a certain amount of force to operate the manual braking switch located on the underside of the Prodigy P2, not a huge amount of force, but enough to dislodge the pocket from the hook and loop fastener. Say the pocket has come loose, and is no longer pointed in the direction of travel. This means that...
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  • Would Grease On Brake Assemblies Cause Weak Brake Performance
  • Grease on the inside of the drums will certainly affect the braking performance of trailer brakes. I would recommend you take the hub off and clean the brake assemblies and hubs with brake parts cleaner to get all of the grease out of there. Also, make sure your brakes are properly adjusted as well. To see how to manually adjust trailer brake assemblies check out the video I attached, fast-forward to the 4:35 mark of the video.
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  • Brake Controller Installation Video Request for a Ram 2014 1500
  • I attached an install video for you to check out that shows the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 being installed in a 2013 Ram 1500 very similar to yours. The process will be the exact same. The harness used in the video is the # 3023-P.
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  • Brake Controller for a 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser VXR
  • There are 2 types of brake controllers: time delayed and proportional. Proportional brake controllers are recommended because they will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. Using a proportional controller is the safest way to stop and they reduce wear and tear on the vehicle and trailer. Time delay controllers send back a pre-determined amount of voltage over a set period of time no matter how hard the vehicle is braking. This means time delay...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Harness for a 2014 Dodge Durango and P2 Brake Controller
  • Your 2014 Dodge Durango actually uses wiring harness # 3045-P to install the P2 brake controller, # 90885. Harness # 3021-P will not fit your Durango. I have included a link to a video showing installation on another vehicle that this harness also fits that you can use as a guide. I have also linked the installation instructions for you.
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  • Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota Tacoma
  • If your Tacoma has the OEM 7-way trailer connector installed, the vehicle is indeed prewired for a brake controller. The # 3040-P wiring harness would plug into the connector located near the emergency brake pedal as shown in the photo I edited for you. However, sometimes it can be a bit lower behind the kick panel. Make sure the white ground wire with the ring terminal is grounded under the dash. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885....
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for a 2015 Toyota Tacoma with Factory 7-Way
  • No worries, the 5-wire harness will work just fine because the extra connection is for the illumination circuit and it's not needed. The Curt Discovery trailer brake controller # C51120 is a fit for your 2015 Toyota Tacoma and the direct fit pig tail adapter # C51362 you referenced is correct. You will simply plug the adapter # C51362 into your factory brake controller tow port and route the pigtail to the location of your choice so you can connect your brake controller # C51120....
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2014 Ford F-150 with Factory 7-Way
  • A brake controller, whether it is a Curt or a Tekonsha or another brand, will plug into the same place on your 2014 Ford F-150. So I have included a link to a video showing installation of a different brake controller on a 2013 Ford F-150 and the process will be basically identical on your 2014. The connection point on the vehicle is located behind the center console, to the left of the radio. You will have to remove that panel and the connector will be behind it.
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  • How to Install a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on a 2013 Chevy 3500 HD with a OEM Controller
  • You do not have to disable the factory controller. Only unplugging it is what would cause an error code. The Prodigy P3 # 90195 or any aftermarket brake controller will not cause any error codes on your vehicle. As a result, you don't need to have your local dealer do anything. The blue wire will be a little different. The blue wire will connect to the blue wire for the output circuit of the brake controller. What you will need to do is get 20 feet of 10 gauge blue wire # 10-1-1 (it's...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Trailer Brake Controller on 1987 GMC Sierra
  • You will need to test the brake controller wiring using a circuit tester like # 3808. First check and test the connector at the bumper. Next check the red wire connection. It should be attached to the wire on the stop light switch that only has voltage when the brake pedal is pressed. If your red wire is connected to a wire that carries even a few volts when the brake pedal is not pressed, it is not the correct wire. Make sure that the white ground wire is attached to a clean metal surface...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Activates Brakes with Override Lever but not with Brake Pedal
  • The problem is either the stop light circuit you are using for the brake controller, (the red wire), isn't connected properly to the correct circuit, or the controller itself is bad. First check that the CHMSL fuse hasn't blown in your vehicle. Replacing this may fix the problem. Using a circuit tester like the part # 3808 you will want to test the circuit you have attached the red wire of your controller to for voltage only when the brakes are applied and none when released. Next, you...
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  • Installing Brake Controller and 7-way on 2011 Class A Motorhome
  • Assuming that your trailer has electric brakes, I'd recommend the Tekonsha Primus brake controller, part # TK90160. To install the controller, you'll need our Brake Controller Install Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit contains just about everything needed to install a controller, including the adapter that would plug into the existing 4-pole trailer connector, converting it to a 7-way. Since a Class A motorhome is quite a bit longer that the typical vehicle the ETBC7 is installed on, you'll...
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  • Location of the Vehicle Plug-In Wiring Harness on a 2014 Toyota Tacoma
  • Usually, the location of your 2014 Toyota Tacoma built-in 5-pin connector is underneath your dash, to the left of the steering column and taped to another harness near your emergency brake pedal. It could be up above or behind the kick panel or you don't have a factory 7-way trailer connector. I don't think you will need to remove the kick panel. But if you do remove it, it should just pop right off as it is secured by tabs. Unfortunately, I don't have a video to show. If your vehicle...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Port on 2015 Toyota Tundra
  • The brake controller port for the 2015 Toyota Tundra is located behind the section of the dashboard with the tow/haul button. To reach the connector you will need to locate the notch in the access panel in the center of the dash near the driver's side. Using a trim panel puller, carefully pry the panel out and undo the locking tabs to remove the panel. You will find the mating connector behind this portion of your dashboard. Simply plug the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, # 3017-P, into...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2007 Chevy Tahoe
  • Yes, the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 that you referenced is compatible with your 2007 Chevy Tahoe. To see how it would install check out the install video that I attached that shows a similar brake controller install in a similar Chevy Tahoe as yours.
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2007 Toyota RAV4 with Factory 7-Way
  • If you have a fully wired 7-way at the rear of your 2007 Toyota RAV4 and you don't currently have a brake controller installed in the vehicle the only circuit that will need to be run will be the brake output circuit of the brake controller to the 7-way. A fuse will work just as fine as a circuit breaker for either the brake controller circuit or the 12 volt accessory circuit. Biggest difference will be that you will have to actually swap out a new fuse in the fuse holder in the event...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2007 Toyota RAV4 with Factory Trailer Connector
  • Is the trailer connector on your 2007 Toyota RAV4 a 4-Way flat or a 7-Way? If it is a 4-Way flat then you will need to add a 7-Way using # ETBC7. This kit also comes with the wiring needed to install the brake controller # TK90160. The RAV4 does not have a port to plug in the brake controller so it will have to be hardwired in. I have included some links that explain the ETBC7 installation. If your RAV4 already has a 7-Way you will not need ETBC7 but you will need # 5506 and you will...
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  • Does Green Light on Voyager Brake Controller Only Come On when a Trailer is Connected
  • On the Voyager brake controller # 39510 the green light should only come on when a trailer is connected. The other lights should light up if you are applying the manual override even without a trailer connected. But you should not see a green light unless a trailer is connected. If you do see the green light without a trailer connected that means that there is a draw on the brake output circuit. This is normally due to a dirty/corroded trailer connector. Make sure the trailer connector...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller in a 1999 Ford Explorer with Factory 4 Way
  • To install the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 in your 1999 Ford Explorer with a factory 4-way you will need only one product, part # ETBC7. This will convert the 4-way to a 7-way and comes with everything needed to install a brake controller. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well.
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  • Does the Screen of a P3 Brake Controller Ever Turn Off
  • Not a stupid question at all! The P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 that you installed in your truck will shut off on it's own after 15 minutes of no activity. Also, the display screen only draws such a tiny amount of amperage that it would take a very long time for it to drain a vehicle battery enough to prevent the vehicle from starting.
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  • Circuit to Use to Power Third Brake Light of a 2010 Chevy Silverado
  • If you are looking to power the third brake light of a camper shell 7-way wiring is not the correct place to track down this circuit. In the brake controller wiring under the dash of your 2010 Chevy Silverado there will be an orange wire labeled CHMSL. This is the correct circuit to use to power the third brake light of your topper. You can also try tracing the factory wiring harness that plugs in rear of the 7way. Remove the wire loom and a few feet back you might find a light blue...
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  • Installing P3 Brake Controller on 2014 Yukon Denali
  • I would be happy to help! I attached a help article for you to check out that details exactly how the P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 will install in your 2014 GMC Yukon, but basically here is how the wires will attach. Red/Black from Yukon to Black of the Brake Controller. This is the Battery/Power Circuit White to White. This is the Ground Light Blue/White from Yukon to Red of Brake Controller. This is Brake Light Signal Circuit. Dark Blue from Yukon to Blue of Brake Controller....
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