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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.
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Removing and Replacing Trailer Brake Shoes Review
Today we are going to show how to remove the break shoes on a typical electric break axle, this one in particular is a twelve inch drum. We are using that one because it is large and easy to see. This applies to virtually all electric brakes from this size on up and down to the smaller sizes. We will go over how it comes apart and the tools you will need to do it with.
Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Colors
Today we are going to cover a frequently asked question. It really turns up a lot. And actually it is easier than you think. Basically, if you have a pickup and you got a tow package with it and you got one of these wire harnesses that plug underneath the dash and plugs into your brake controller, you might have five or sometimes even more wires coming off of it. And you notice that your brake controller only uses four. We have got one over here, we will show you, that has just the four wires and what do you do with the extra wires? The short answer is do not worry about it, because the brake controller has all that it needs from these four wires.
Trailer Brake Controller Comparison Review
Today we are going to talk about the two main kinds of brake controllers, the proportional and the time delay. The two we have here are the Journey HD and the Draw-Tite Activator II. These are what you call the time delay brake controllers. Basically what happens is that when you hit the brakes, they come on at a certain speed that you set on the brake controller. Like on this one here, we have a sync switch here that controls how fast it comes on and then this knob here controls how much power it takes to stop the trailer. Basically you hit your foot brake and it comes on at the rate you determine and at how much power you have set aside for it, and then it stays there until you completely let off the brake.
Trailer Brake Controller Wire Testing
Today we are going to cover a few notes on testing an electronic brake controller. What we are going to cover here is going to apply to virtually all brake controllers. Basically, if you run into a problem where you think your brake controller is not working, well, it could be a the brake controller or it could be something in the truck itself, in the connector or c it actually could be problems in the trailer. What we are going to show you today is how to look for problems that will either rule out the brake controller or make sure that it is the brake controllers fault. Just like any electronic devices, they seem to have a limited lifespan some will work for years and some will not. But this way you can also verify that it is working good.
Trailer Brake Controller Installation Wiring Kit Review
Today we will show you part number ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. What this kit does is it fills in the blanks between your 4 pole connector and the brake controller. Basically on the instructions of your brake controller, it will show you a link between the foot brake and stop light switch, a battery, and then a line going out to the connector out back. This kit here fills in those missing pieces. We will cover each individual part. First we will start from the rear of the vehicle and work our way forward. This part here is 7 and 4 pole to 4 pole adapter. This will plug into your existing 4 pole that you have on your vehicle. It just plugs in like normal while this white wire gets grounded to the body of the vehicle. You will have a couple extra wires. The black wire will be ran to the battery. This blue wire here gets run to the blue wire on the brake controller.
Diagnosing a Brake Controller Problem
Alright, today on this 2009 Ford F-150 we are going to diagnose a brake controller problem. Now we can use these steps on any brake controller that is on the market to verify if it is working or not. Now our brake controller is already telling us that it has an error message. It is flashing an Er on top. Usually it means an internal problem. We tested our trailer so we know it is good. So, it is not that. So first off we will make sure we have a constant 12 volt power supply. We will check the black wire first. OK, we are good there. Now we will try our red wire for our brake signal. OK, that is good there. Now we will try our blue wire and that will be our output. So we should have output on this wire whenever we hit the foot brake or the manual override. OK, we get nothing on the foot brake and nothing on the manual override. So definitely the error is internal and this brake controller does have to be replaced.
Trailer Brake Controller Reverse Light Lead Installation
All right what we are going to do on this install is the reverse light lead to our electrical connector. For instance on a 5-pole you can use this on a boat trailer that has a reverse lock out for hydraulic brakes on it. Also you can use on a 7-pole application the trailer may have reverse lights on the back of it. Some RVs have a reverse light hook up on the back of it. I will show you the basic generic steps of how it is installed. 00:22
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2004 Ford Van
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Today on this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to show you the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, Part Number 90885. This is what the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller looks like once it's installed in a typical application 00:00:15. We're at the back. This is our unit right here. We have a plastic pocket that it slides into, and that gets mounted to your dash. This also has an optional metal bracket as well. Let's look at the display.
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
Today on this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to show you the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller. Part number 39523. All right, this is what the brake controller looks like when it's installed in the truck. First off, this is a very simple and easy to use unit. It's great for a trailer. This has one or two brake axis.
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford Edge
Today on our 2013 Ford Edge, we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller, part number TK90160. To install it on this vehicle we'll be doing it in conjunction with the etrailer Brake Controller Install Kit, part number ETBC7. First, we can look at the LED display here on our brake controller. As you can see, it has 1 red light indicating that it has power. Next, we'll go ahead and connect our trailer and test our brake controller. As we connect our trailer, you can see it comes up with a "C" indicating that we are connected.
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Nissan Frontier
Today, on our 2014 Nissan Frontier, we're going to install the Curt Venturer Brake Controller with Direct-fit Wiring Harness, Part #C51110 and C51382. Here's what our brake controller will look like once it's installed. If we hit the pedal or the manual sweep on the brake controller, you can see it lights up, and we have power to our brake controller. Then we can go ahead and plug in our trailer. You can see as power increases to the trailer braking, the bar goes up on our display. We can do that with the foot pedal or the manual slide. Here, on the top of the brake controller, is a slide switch that will allow you to increase or decrease the power going to your trailer braking.
Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Silverado
Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite Activator IV. This time-delayed brake controller is capable of controlling 1 up to 4 axles. The part number on it is 5504. We're also going to be using the replacement brake control plugin harness, part number 20127. Here you can see once it's installed. As we activate the switch we're going to see our gain lowering and rising indicating that we've got it hooked up properly. Now a couple of nice features about it are that currently we've got our gain set to 10.
Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, we're going to be installing the Curt Venturer. This time-delayed trailer brake controller is perfect for use with 1 to 3 axles. This part number is C51110. We're also going to be using the Universal Wiring Adapter, part number C51515. A great thing about the Venturer is the sync adjustment that's available on it. This little slide bar right here on the side, we can slide this forward or we can slide it back. Sliding it back towards us is going to give us gradual braking force, so as we apply the brake you're going to see this slowly work its way over to give us maximum brake engagement.
Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado we're going to be installing the Draw-Tite Activator II. This time-delayed trailer brake controller is designed for use with one to four axles. Part number on it is 5500. We're also going to be using part number 20127. This is the Tow Ready replacement wiring harness. We'll be able to connect that right into the truck's electronics. Now here you can see as we bring our Activator lever over it's going to give us a digital readout on the level of braking force going to the rear.
Today on our 2012 Chevrolet Silverado we're going be installing the Draw-Tite activator. This is a trailer brake controller designed for use with one or two axles and it uses a time delayed set up. Part number is 5100. We're also going to be using part number 20127. This is the tow ready replacement wiring harness and we'll be able to connect that right into the truck's electronics. As we slide our bar in, we're going to have our red light indicating to right here that everything is working as it should. Right above that light and just to the right there's an output slide lever.
Trailer Brake Controller Information
Brake Controller Installation: Starting from Scratch
Brake Controller Installation for 2007(New Body Style) - 2013 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado
Brake Controller Installation on a Full-Size Ford Truck or SUV
Brake Controller Installation on a Ford Super Duty Truck (2005-2007)
Electric Brake Controller Installation on Dodge Ram Truck
How to Install a Brake Controller on Chevrolet / GMC 1999-2006 Pickups
Aftermarket Brake Control Wiring for 07-13 GM Full-Size Truck with Factory-Integrated Brake Control
Brake Control Connection Can Shut Down Brake Light System
Installing an Electric Brake Controller on 2007-2013 GM Full-Size Truck or 2007-Present GM SUV
Installing an Electric Brake Controller on a 2005-2008 Volkswagen Touareg or Porsche Cayenne
Installing Electric Brake Controls on a Chevy Uplander, Pontiac SV6, Buick Terraza or Saturn Relay
Electric Brake Controller on a Ford with a Factory Integrated Brake Controller
Installing Electric Brake Controls on a 2010-up Dodge Ram
Brake Controller 7- and 4-Way Installation Kit (ETBC7)
2010 and Newer Dodge Brake Control Harness
Installing Electric Brake Controls on 24 Volt Vehicles
Testing Brake Controls
Ford Brake Control Harness Change
Brake Controller Installation on a Ford Full-Size Van
Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installations
Installing an Electric Brake Controller on a 2013 Dodge Ram
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