Today on this 2007 Dodge Dakota Pickup Truck we are going to install brake controller part number 90185 from Tekonsha. It is the Prodigy brake controller. What is going to be unique about this install is that the Dakota actually has a full tow package on it and we are going to use the adapter plug that came with the tow package to install the brake controller.
We have the two plugs here. This plug will go back into the brake controller itself, it plugs in with this port. And we also have the factory plug here, this part will actually plug into the port underneath the dash. We will connect these two cables together to install our brake controller. As you can see here the two plugs do not have a same color wire, so you have to go with the color code that came with the factory tow package part.
The Prodigy is already labeled. Red is going to be for the stop light switch. White is going to be ground. Black is going to be the 12 volt power supply. And blue is going to be going to the trailer brake output. Now on the tow package side for a Dodge truck the Dodge plug colors are going to be a bit little different. The ground wire is going to be a dark green wire with a black tracer on it. The brake light switch wire is going to be a light blue wire with a white tracer on it. The output for the brake controller is going to be the light blue wire. And the 12 volt power supply is going to be t he white wire with a red tracer. So we will connect the wires by function not by color. All right lets go ahead and start connecting our wires, we will be using the supplied butt connectors to do the job. So with that it is basically going to be blue wire to blue wire. Black wire which is the 12 volt power supply will go to the white wire with the red tracer. The white wire on t he Prodigy side is going to go to the green with the black wire. And the red wire on the Prodigy for the brake light switch is going to connect to the blue wire with the white tracer. Now just go ahead and use electrical tape and seal it up and we will get started underneath the dash.
First we will find the port underneath the dash, and it is right next to the brake pedal and the white junction box. We will start off by just plugging it in. Next you want to take a moment and find out a good place where to mount your brake controller at. There is a nice flat spot right here where we can just bolt our brake controller on, you want it as straight as possible. And once you find your location you can go ahead and install bracket and we will hook up the brake controller. All right now we can go ahead and install our brake controller, get the screws started on both sides. All right we will go ahead and plug our cable into the back of the Prodigy. When you look at the brake controller you can tell you already have power going to it. And it is telling us we do not have a trailer connected which is good. So at this point lets go ahead and take our power cable and just go ahead and zip-tie it up safe out of the way. All right we plugged in our tester and we have a “c” which means connection so that means our install is complete. And there you have it for part number 90185 from Tekonsha, the Prodigy brake controller.
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Today on this 2009 Dodge Dakota, were gonna install a Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller part number 90195 along with an ETBC7 Kit.First I wanna install my 7-pole connector. Theres a bracket thats part of the ETPC7 kit that will assist us but were gonna add an additional bracket to the tow-ready universal long mount bracket part number 118136.Now were gonna take our clamp and were gonna tighten it down directly to the hitch.With my bracket secured and mounted, Im just gonna take a pair of tin snips and cutoff the extra from the band. With our bracket securely mounted, well go ahead and install the 7-pole connector.As you can see, we no longer need the 4-pole extension so Ill go ahead and remove that plug directly into the manufacturers harness.Well have our white wire here with a ring terminal, were gonna locate a ground. Our blue wire is gonna be the signal wire thats gonna come from our brake controller and our black wire will be our power supply that comes directly from our battery. The purple wire remaining is gonna be for our reverse lights on your trailer but well not be hooking up on this application.Lets go ahead and find a suitable location and ground the white wire.You see, weve chosen a location here in the bottom of the frame. Were gonna use a self-tapping screw to install it.With my ground wire installed, Im now gonna pull out the gray duplex wire that comes in our ETBC7 kit.
Today we are going to be installing the Prodigy, part number 90185, along with the Prodigy Wiring Harness 3020-P, on a 2003 Dodge Dakota with a factory 7-pole plug. All right, we are going to go ahead and take a look at the rear of the vehicle here and show you what the factory plug actually looks like, because on the Dakota they are fairly rare. As you can see, this vehicle came with a factory hitch as well as the factory connector. And if you come in close, on the front of the plug itself it is actually stamped Chrysler. And the harness itself is all factory it runs directly to the front. So that is a way to tell if it is a factory 7-pole that you have or if it is one that was put on aftermarket.