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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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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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Today on our 2017 Ram 1500, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller, part number 39510. To ease our installation we'll be using the Tekonsha Wiring Adaptor, part number 3024-P. This controller is adjustable. We have our gain knob over here to adjust the intensity, how much power is going to our trailer brakes. Now, we can set our initial setting on our brakes with our gain all the way back. We'll slide the manual override over and we'll dial it up until we get a dim orange color.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Today on our 2017 Ram 1500 we'll be installing a Tekonsha power track electronic brake controller, part number 39523. To help ease our installation we'll be using a Tekonsha wiring harness, part number 3024-P. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. As you can see, it's nice and tucked up underneath our dash, easy to get to all the controls on it. We have our gain adjustment knob right here to the right, and our manual override right here to the left. This controller will allow us to control up two axles of brakes on our trailer so we don't have to tow a trailer without working brakes. This will allow us to take advantage of them. If we want to adjust our gain on the amount of power that's going to our trailer brakes, we can slide our manual override here, slide down the knob.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Today on our 2017 Ram 1500, we'll be installing our Tekonsha Prodigy T2 Trailer Brake controller, part number 90885. To ease our installation, we'll be using Tekonsha wiring adapter, part number 3024-P. So here's what the brake control looks like installed. As you can see, it's a nice, clean and easy installation. It sits up nicely underneath our dash. It's easy for us to get to while we're driving our vehicle but yet, it's not going to get in the way of anything. This brake controller is a high quality, well made product.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

Today, in our 2017 RAM 1500, we will be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160, in conjunction with the Tekonsha wiring adapter, part number 3024-P. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. You can see it's a nice compact unit that's easily tucked up underneath our dash, but yet, still within easy reach while we're driving for our manual override here, our gain adjustment knob off to the left side, and then our boost control button here, or we can increase the boost level for our extra braking assist when we need it. We have three different level settings for that, one, two, three, and then off. Reengage your manual override, we can apply the brakes on our trailer without applying the brakes on our truck. This will allow us to bring the trailer back in line behind us if it starts to step out a little sideways. Now, the reason that you want a brake controller on your truck is if you're towing a trailer that has electric brakes, you need to have a way to control them.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape we'll be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160. Now this button on top here is our boost control. This will adjust how much brake power goes to our brakes when we are towing heavier loads. We're going to dial up our boost level settings as appropriate to give us more power. Basically what that means is that the boost settings will give you more intense braking faster than if you had the boost levels turned off. Now, if you want to adjust your braking power, you turn it all the way down off so when I hit our manual lever here, you can see we have no assist. We had it all the way up to 11.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2011 Nissan Xterra we're going to be taking a look at the Teknosha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller for one to three axles, part number TK90160 and we'll be using this in conjunction with the Tekonsha plugin wiring adapter for brake controllers for Nissans, part number 3050-P. Here's what this brake controller looks like once it's installed in the vehicle. This brake controller is going to do a good job of giving us power to our brakes on our trailer that's behind us. This one, we don't currently have it connected to a trailer so if we hit the manual override, you'll see it shows NC for no connection, but when connected it'll show you the power output that it's putting through to a trailer. Here on the side we've got this turn dial to adjust your gain level for the amount of power being sent back to the brakes on your trailer. Here on the top we've got this blue button and that's going to let you go through to your three boost levels so that you can adjust the amount of boost that's going to go back to the trailer brakes. This brake controller is nice and easy to use and it's going to do a great job of providing proportional braking power to the brakes on your trailer and it does that by the inertia sensor that it has inside. You're able to mount it from zero degrees all the way up to 90 degrees in the vertical plane. What I like most about this brake controller is how easy it is to use and operate because it's as simple as setting it and if you want to set a boost level, you can do that.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to take a look at, and also show you how to install, the Tekonsha Primus IQ Proportional Trailer Brake Controller. This is going to work for 1, up to 3, axles. Its part number is TK90160. We're also going to using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for the Electric Brake Controllers, part number 3016. The button on top is going to allow us to change what's called the boost mode. This is going to be the quickness and aggressiveness in which our brakes are applied. When we have a smaller trailer in relation to our truck, we'll probably have our boost mode here where it's no boost at all.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Saturn Vue

Today on our 2008 Saturn View we'll be installing Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160. To ease our installation, we'll be using the ETBC7 Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controllers. Now we're going to go over a couple of functions of our brake controller here. This is our manual override. We can use this to control our brakes independently from our vehicle brakes. We'll slide this lever over. This would apply only our trailer brakes and not our car brakes.

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Dodge Durango

Today on our 2014 Dodge Durango, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller. This proportional controller works for one up to four axles. It's part number is 90105. We're also going to be using the Tekonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter, part number 3045-P. The manual override lever here on the bottom is a very convenient way to supply power back to your trailer without having to hit the brakes in your vehicle. We've got our gain adjustment here and wherever we've got that set, you can see we're at about 7.2 there; we can go up to 7.2. This manual override is at no time going to overpower the brakes back on the trailer.

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