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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1996 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup

Today on our 1996 Chevy CK Pickup truck, we'll be installing the ETB C7 in junction with the Tekonsha Progigy P3 Brake Controller which is part number 90195. We will first begin by picking a location where we're going to mount our 7-way trailer plug. In this case because the trailer hitch comes out so far, we're going to go ahead and drill two small holes in the underside of the bumper to mount our bracket. Once we have the holes drilled, we'll go ahead and use the supplied screws and nuts to attach the bracket to the lower bumper. Next we'll go ahead and take some of the wire looms supplied with the kit and put it over the wires coming out of the back of the 7-way. Then we'll go ahead and feed the 7-way onto the bracket and attach it with the supplied screws and nuts. Next, we're going to go ahead and make the 4-way connection with the 4-way that's already on the vehicle and because this vehicle already had a 4-way on it, we've already gone ahead and tested it to make sure that everything is working properly. You want to make sure when making your connection of the two 4-ways that you use some dielectric grease on the connection before pushing them together.





1996 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup Questions and Answers


  • What Comes with the Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock # LH-002
  • With the Integrated OEM Tailgate Lock # LH-002 you will reuse the handle that is on the tailgate of the truck this gets installed onto. This part only comes with the items in the picture I attached.
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  • Axle Replacement Recommendation for a Trailer with Unique Spindle Dimensions
  • The closest seal we have to what would match what you have would be the part # 168255TB. This seal has an outer diameter of 2.561. The inner bearing with the matching ID would be the part # 603049. Nothing we have would fit the 2.328 you have for the bearing inner diameter of the other bearing. Based on the dimensions you listed there really isn't any thing out there that would fit your spindle/hub. The only recommendation I could make would be for a new axle. I attached a page that...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2015 GMC Acadia
  • For a hitch for your 2015 GMC Acadia you would want the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75528. Check out the install instructions video I attached. For ball mounts I recommend the etrailer Ball Mount Kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts, 2 balls, a hitch pin with clip, and a carrying bag.
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  • Brake/Hazard Lights on 1996 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup Do Not Work After Brake Controller Install
  • This is an unusual issue that seems to be related to the installation method rather than the brake controller. My technical contact at Tekonsha advised that he has seen it happen when quick-splice connectors are used (rather than the more secure butt connectors) that these quick-splice fasteners go all the way through the wire itself, severing it, rather than just cutting through the insulation layer. It could be that your installer may have used these connectors and when clamping them...
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  • Will the Reese Universal 5th Wheel Installation Kit # RP30035 Fit on a 1996 Chevrolet 3500
  • Yes, the Reese Universal Fifth Wheel Installation Kit, # RP30035, will work on your 1996 Chevrolet 3500. This kit will fit the 2WD and 4WD models and it will fit the short bed and long bed model. It is also compatible with any fifth wheel hitch that uses the standard above bed base rails. Keep in mind, this is a universal kit, so drilling will be required to install the frame brackets. I have attached a link to the installation instructions for you to check out. For your truck, you...
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  • B and W Gooseneck and 5th Wheel Recommendation for a 1996 Chevrolet 3500 Long Bed
  • I have a similar B and W Gooseneck hitch that will work on your 1996 Chevy Truck 3500 with a long bed, but the part # BWGNRK1313-5W is not confirmed to fit your vehicle so I cannot recommend it for you. You would want the B and W Gooseneck and Underbed Companion Hitch part # BWGNRK1000-5W. This comes with the gooseneck hitch and ball, for a compatible fifth wheel hitch you would want the B and W Hitch part # BWRVK3500-5W.
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  • Orange/Red Wire and Blue Wire Functions on 1996 Chevy C/K Series Truck
  • It sounds like you are talking about the tow package wires under your 1996 Chevy pickup. The orange or red wire is for 12 volt power to the 7-Way trailer connector. It powers 12 volt accessories on the trailer and/or provides a maintenance charge to a trailer battery. It connects to the back of the truck 7-Way at the 11 oclock position. The blue wire is output for electric trailer brakes. It connects to the back of the truck 7-Way in the 7 oclock position.
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  • Fit of Draw-Tite Class III Hitch # 75034 on 1996 Chevy 1500 C/K Series Pick Up
  • The Draw-Tite Class III hitch you referenced, part # 75034 fits Chevy C/K Series pick up trucks from 1963-1987, so it is not a fit for your 1996 model. However, they offer a Class III, part # 75033 that is a confirmed fit. The hitch has the same capacity as the one you mentioned, and the hitch is similarly priced. You can see the installation instructions by clicking the provided link. You might also need the following to complete your towing system: Trailer Wiring Harness w/ 4-pole...
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  • Will RBW UHS-85 5th Wheel Trailer Hitch Fit Reese Above Bed Rails in a 1996 Chevy K3500
  • RBW was bought out a while back and it is hard to find information on their hitches. If your hitch is the Lil Rocker then we know that it will fit in the Reese above the bed rails included with many Reese installation kits. For your 1996 K3500 you would need installation kit # RP30035. If you have a different hitch then you will need to take some measurements of its mounting feet to determine if they fit the slots on the industry standard rails. The Reese rails have 3 sets of mounting...
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  • Will Derale Transmission Pan Cooler # D14207 Fit 1996 Chevy C/K Pickup with 4L80E Transmission
  • The USA-made Derale Transmission Pan Cooler # D14207 that you referenced will indeed fit the 4L80E transmission on your 1996 C/K Series pickup. This pan cooler fits both 2- and 4-wheel drive 5.0L V8 engines as well as the 6.5L V8. It comes complete with a magnetized drain plug and mounting gasket. This Derale pan cooler adds a substantial 4-1/2-quart fluid capacity to your existing transmission and can provide up to a 50-degree transmission fluid temperature reduction. If you are...
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  • Brake Light Signal Wire Color on a 1996 K2500 Pickup Truck to Install a Brake Controller
  • GM traditionally used a white wire for the brake light signal wire at the stop light switch wire on the C/K series pickup trucks. I strongly recommend testing the wires before you make your connections. The best way to ensure you are using the correct wire is to use a circuit tester to test for the wire that only shows power when the brake pedal is pressed. The wire should not have power with any other function. If you do not have a circuit tester, I recommend using the Quickee Circuit...
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  • Custom Fit 5th Wheel Installation Kit Availability for a 1996 Chevrolet K3500 Pickup Truck
  • Most of the fifth wheel installation kits available for your 1996 Chevrolet K3500 are the universal installation kits that use the L-shaped frame brackets. Our most popular universal installation kit is the Reese kit, # RP30035. The above bed base rails will work with any fifth wheel hitch that uses the industry standard above bed base rails like the Reese Select Plus Fifth Wheel Hitch, # RP30081, that you referenced. Unfortunately, many of the custom fit installation kits that are...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1996 Chevy Z-71
  • The first thing you are going to need to flat tow your 1996 Chevy C/K Z-71 is a set of base plates. For that I recommend you get the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1712. This is the correct kit for your truck as long as its not a 1-ton model or a diesel. Next you are going to need a set of tow bars. Since your truck more than likely weighs more than 5,000 lbs you will need a tow bar with additional capacity. I would recommend the Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar # BX4325. This tow bar has 6,500 lbs...
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  • Ultra-Fab RV Bumper Hitch Recommendation For Motor Home
  • While we do have a hitch that will work for your needs, the Ultra-Fab Bumper Mount Hitch # UF35-946402 you referenced is designed specifically for a 4 inch by 4 inch bumper and would not fit. The Ultra-Fab Bumper # UF35-946401 is a perfect fit as it is intended for 4 inch by 4-1/2 inch RV bumpers with a weight capacity of 200 lbs. It features a 2-inch receiver opening with a plate measuring 5-7/8 inches by 4-7/8 inches. Just a reminder, this is intended for RV-approved accessories...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1996 Chevy C/K Series Pickup Truck Behind a Motor Home
  • I am glad you emailed us because there are some things that you need to be aware of. First, the Tow Ready tow bar, # 63180 is only rated for 5,000 pounds and your 1996 Chevy Silverado could easily exceed this capacity. The other problem with the tow bar is that it is only rated for a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour. We need to get you a proper set up. The first thing you are going to want to do is consult the truck owners manual to determine if it can be flat towed and if so what...
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  • Locating the Stop Light Wire on a 1996 Chevrolet Pickup for a Brake Controller
  • If the white wire that you found is not hot when the brake pedal is pressed, then it is not the correct wire from the stop light switch that you need for the brake controller. There may be multiple white wires under the dash, I recommend looking for a heavier gauge white wire in a bundle of wires along the steering column. There will be a bundle of wires going from what looks like a 50 pin connector, up the steering column toward the turn signal, the wire can be located in that bundle....
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  • Draw-Tite Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Chevy 3500 Truck
  • Yes, actually the Hide-A-Goose Underbed Gooseneck Trailer Hitch with Installation Kit # 9465-40 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 1996 Chevy 3500 single axle. Check out the installation instructions I attached for this hitch also.
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  • What Color is Reverse Light Wire on a 1996 Chevrolet K1500 Pickup
  • The best way to confirm which wire activates your vehicle reverse lights is to remove one taillight assembly and visually identify which lead goes to the reverse light bulb. To remove the taillight, open the tailgate and locate and remove the two taillight retaining screws. This will allow you to pull out the taillight assembly for access to the wiring. Then, for safety sake, it will be useful to have a helper turn the ignition to the on position without starting the vehicle. Then...
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  • 205-75/15 Tire and Wheel Combination Needed for 5 on 3-1/2 inch Bolt Pattern Travel Trailer Hubs
  • At this time we do not carry a trailer wheel with a 5 on 3-1/2 inch bolt pattern. The smallest 5 bolt pattern we carry is the 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern that you mentioned. The only smaller bolt pattern that we carry is the 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern, see link. Tires for the 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern typically only go up to 13 inch wheel diameters. You may be measuring your wheel bolt pattern incorrectly. Just in case this is the issue, I added a link to our trailer wheel bolt pattern...
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  • Will Blue Ox Underbed Gooseneck Hitch # DH1303 Fit a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 With 8 Foot Bed
  • The Blue Ox Underbed Gooseneck Hitch, part # DH1303, will fit your 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Truck with 8 foot bed. This hitch has a 30,000-lb gross towing weight capacity and a 7,500-lb tongue weight capacity. It is also recommended to use Loctite Threadlocker 262, part # LT37420, on all of the bolts when installing the Blue Ox gooseneck hitch.
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  • Will the Blue Ox Diamond Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Fit in a 1996 Chevrolet Pickup with 8 Foot bed
  • Yes, you can use the Blue Ox Diamond hitch underbed gooseneck, # DH1303, on your 1996 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup. Blue Ox recommends the use of Loctite, # LT37420, when installing their hitches. You may also want to consider the 90-degree wiring harness, # 54701-003, to retain the use of your vehicle factory 7-way connector at the rear of the truck and have a connection in the bed for the gooseneck trailer.
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  • What Tube Steps/Nerf Bars Will Fit a 1996 GMC C/K Series 3500 Crew Cab Pickup Truck
  • We do have some tube steps/nerf bars that are listed as a fit for a 1996 GMC Pickup Crew Cab, but the Pilot, # NB-101, will only fit the regular cab. Instead, take a look at the Westin Tube Steps, # 25-0850. These are listed as a fit for your truck. I have included a link to the installation details for you. I have also included a link to all of the step options for your truck.
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  • Installation of Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500 on 1996 Chevrolet K1500 Truck
  • To install the Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller # 5500, in your 1996 Chevrolet K1500 Truck, you will need to use the the Brake Controller 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. If your truck does not have a 4-way connector, you will first need to install the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118315. To install, you will begin by plugging in the T-One Harness # 118315, if you do not already have a 4-way connector. Then you can install part # ETBC7. Begin, by plugging the...
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  • Which Wire is the Ground Wire on Optronics Trailer Light # MCL19CRB
  • On the Optronics Trailer Light, part # MCL19CRB, you can use either wire for the ground. As long as one is wired to power and the other to ground the light will work.
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  • Trailer Hitch Recommendation for a 1996 Chevy C/K Series 1500 Pickup Truck with Dual Exhaust
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch, # 13942, is designed to fit if the truck has a roll pan. There is no restriction if the truck has dual exhaust. I have included a link to the installation instructions for this hitch for reference. This is the only hitch specifically designed for use if the truck has a roll pan. I have included a link to all of the trailer hitch options for a 1996 Chevy C/K 1500. Just select your specific truck style from the pull down menu under where it reads Select Vehicle...
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  • Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancer # TGMRCK25 Recommendation for a 1996 Chevy C/K Truck
  • The Timbren Rear Suspension Enhancement System, part # TGMRCK25, is much easier to install than air springs, no air hoses need to be run, no compressors or gauges to hook up. This kit will also not affect your unloaded ride quality as much as adding a leaf to your suspension would. The # TGMRCK25, would only be used when you were hauling enough weight to use a significant portion of your suspension, otherwise the ride of your vehicle would be completely unaffected. That would be the...
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  • How Long are U-Bolts in Remov-A-Ball Gooseneck Hitch Safety Chain Kit # 6308, 1996 Chevy 3500
  • According to the instructions, linked for reference, the Replacement U-Bolt Safety Chain Kit for Remov-A-Ball Gooseneck Hitch, # 6308, are 5-1/2 inches long. I do know that the bed is not as thick as that 1 inch thick steel plate, so considering that the bolts will have to go through the bed, the plate, possibly the hitch depending on how it is designed and how much space there is, these bolts will probably be long enough to install and to use on your 1996 Chevy C/K series 3500.
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  • Recommend DeeZee Underbody Toolbox That Has Dual Support Cables and Latches In 3 Places
  • I contacted our representative at DeeZee about the Specialty Series Underbody Toolbox, part # DZ75. He informed me that it does open 90 degrees and has chain supports on each end not cables. Part # DZ75, only latches in 1 place and has 1 handle. The representative did inform me that they do have a Underbody Toolbox that meets your requirements, DeeZee Specialty Series Underbody Toolbox, part # DZDB-2602, except the outside is steel and has a black powder coat paint finish. Part...
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  • Should Adapter 4 Pole to 6 Pole, # 30637 Have Constant 12 Volt Power Even With the Key Off
  • I spoke with my contact at Tow Ready, and he stated that the Adapter 4 Pole to 6 Pole, # 30637, will have power at the 12 volt pin all the time if it is connected directly to the vehicle battery. This will not put a drain on the battery unless something is connected to the harness drawing power.
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  • Items Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 1996 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup
  • As long as you have an existing 4-Way trailer connector at the rear of your 1996 Chevrolet C/K pickup you will have all of the parts needed to install a brake controller. The # ETBC7 kit includes all of the wiring circuit breakers and connectors needed. If you do not have an existing 4-Way connector you can use the 4-Pole Hardwire Kit Including Circuit Tester, item # 18252, to hard wire the 4-Way to the wiring going to the truck tail lights (see instructions link). You will need a circuit...
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