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Chevrolet Avalanche Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today, on our 2013, Chevy Avalanche, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Brake Controller, Part Number 90885. To begin our install, we'll go ahead and mount the brake controller bracket. For this application, we're mounting here on the driver side to the left of the steering wheel. Once we have the bracket or pocket secure, we can then go ahead and locate the manufacturers towing harness. This will be up underneath the dash here on the driver side between the parking brake pedal and the brake pedal. You'll notice there's a white tape going around it, securing it to the manufacturers harness that has a black electrical tape wrapped around it. These wires will be exposed. We'll go ahead and cut the tape and pull the wires down to gain access to them.





Chevrolet Avalanche Brake Controller Questions and Answers


  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller Draining Batteries
  • The Tekonsha Primus brake controller, part # TK90160, needs to be connected to a constant power source so that the settings on the brake controller are not lost. The brake controller, however, has a power-saving mode built-in. After 15 minutes, the brake controller will go into power-saving mode. In this setting, the power draw falls to minimize drain on your vehicle's battery. Brake controllers are designed to constantly check to see if a trailer is connected and that all necessary...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes that Lock Up When 7-Way is Connected
  • It sounds like the problem is on the trailer side of the wiring. The 7-way on the trailer may be wired wrong or has a short so that the 12 volt power circuit is shorting to the brake output circuit and locking up the trailer brakes. What you can do is use a jumper wire from the positive side of a 12 car battery to put voltage on all of the circuits of your trailer 7-way and then check out the 7-way diagram I attached to see what circuits should be activating. I attached an FAQ article...
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  • Pulsing Click from P2 Brake Controller on a 2003 Chevy Avalanche
  • This is the first time I have heard of this issue on the P2, # 90885. Usually when a brake controller is making a pulsing click of some sort it indicates a possible short or even feedback from the trailer. To see if it was the trailer or the brake controller you would have to simulate a load on the brake output circuit on the trailer connector and then drive around and see if it happens again. If it does then it is likely the brake controller. If it doesn't then trying with another...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller on 2005 Chevy Avalanche
  • Did you use a wiring adapter like the # 3015-P to connect the brake controller to the vehicle? You're not getting power to the trailer brakes, or you're not getting power to the brake controller? If power isn't reaching the controller, and the 30 amp fuse under the hood is in place and not blown, make sure the power stud next to that 30 amp fuse has a red wire connected to it, which supplies power to the brake controller. If power is reaching the controller, and is being output on...
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  • Stoplight Circuit Wire Color to Install a Brake Controller in a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • The stoplight switch wire should be a light blue wire on your 2008 Chevy Avalanche. This would get run to the black wire of the brake controller. This wire would be in the pre wired bundle of your vehicle and would not require you to tap into the brake pedal wiring. The red wire on your vehicle should be the 12 volt power circuit and would get run to the black wire of the controller. Black wire from vehicle would get run to the white of the controller. The dark blue wire from the...
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  • Installing a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • There should actually be 5 wires. On your 2007 Chevy Avalanche the red/black wire goes to brake controller black for 12 volt power. White goes to white for ground. Dark blue on the truck goes to blue on the controller. That leaves the brake controller red wire. There should be an orange wire that is the CHMSL circuit. Do not use that wire. You actually need a light blue/white wire to connect to the brake controller red wire. I have linked a video and a help article for you that should...
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  • Draw-Tite Activator Brake Controller Sends Back Voltage to Trailer Brakes without Pedal or Override
  • Brake controllers do send back a minimum amount of voltage to check for a connected trailer but it should not be enough to activate the brakes. The magnets humming makes me think there is a bit of a short. To determine where it is coming from the first step is to disconnect the trailer. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back of the controller. Then use your test to test the end of he blue wire coming out of the controller. It should only...
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  • Can the P2 Trailer Brake Controller Lock Up the Brakes on a 2003 Chevy Avalanche
  • If the P2 brake controller, # 90885, is not wired into your 2003 Chevy Avalanche correctly the most it could do is activate the brake lights. Vehicles have hydraulic brakes, not electric which is what the brake controller controls. It is possible that there is some electric ABS system that could somehow cause this issue. If it was receiving power somehow from the brake controller I suppose it is possible it could do something to the vehicle brakes. Make sure that the brake controller...
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  • Installing a Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller on a 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Yes, the Tekonsha Voyager proportional brake controller can be installed on your 2012 Chevy Avalanche. From my research, I have found that your 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche has a factory installed tow package that includes a 7-way wiring vehicle connector. It also has the wiring prep package for a brake controller installed under the dash of your vehicle. Both of these factory options simplify the installation of an aftermarket brake controller. To begin the installation of the Voyager,...
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  • How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2010 Chevy Avalanche
  • The wiring to install a trailer brake controller is located under the dash of your 2010 Chevy Avalanche. There will be 4 or 5 wires held together with a white tag that lists the functions of the wires. The bundle should be under the dash to the left of the steering column. If using Curt brake controller # C51110 you will also need wiring harness # C51515. The connections should be as follows: Brake controller white to truck white for ground Brake controller black to truck red/black...
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  • E1/E3 Error Codes on Hopkins Impulse Brake Controller w/Trailer Connected to 2005 Chevy Avalanche
  • If you are getting the E1 Error code on the Hopkins Impulse Brake Controller # HM47294, that indicates that there is no trailer connected. Since you have a trailer connected and the code is still being displayed, this indicates a short on the Blue wire somewhere in the system. The E3 error code indicates that there is a short on the brake switch wire (red wire). Since the controller is throwing 2 error codes that both indicate shorts in the system, I am inclined to believe that the issue...
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  • Where to Install 12V Power Fuse for Brake Controller on 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • If your 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche did not come with a factory tow package there will be two wiring connections that will need to be made in the engine compartment in the Accessory Fuse Block. You may need to install a 40-amp fuse in the location nearest the positive post to power the trailer 12V circuit and a 30-amp fuse to provide brake controller power. The linked article describes the process for connecting the brake controller 12V power input and trailer power wires in the engine...
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  • Location of Factory Tow Package Wire Bundle to Install a Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • On a 2008 Chevy Avalanche with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, there will be a wire bundle that is hardwired into the vehicle so it is unlikely that the previous owner removed the wire bundle. Basically, you are looking for a bundle of wires held together with a white tag. This bundle is tucked up under the dash. I have linked a video on a 2013 Avalanche that should help you locate the bundle. Even though it is a newer model the general location and appearance of the wire...
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  • Problems Pairing the Hand-Held Remote with the Tekonsha Prodigy RF on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • Pairing the Prodigy RF, # 90250, does require following the steps to the letter. However, there are some cases where the in-cab part does not display what the instructions say it should. In those cases, if it does not display what it should right away then you would just go on to the next step and continue the installation per the instructions. This seems to solve the pairing problems. Once it is all paired up the manual override should work as it is supposed to. If you still have pairing...
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  • Installing a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • On a 2007 Chevy truck or SUV, in this case your Avalanche, under the dash there are tow package wires to install a brake controller. It sounds like you may have the red wire on the controller attached to an illumination circuit. Here is how it should wire into the truck: Brake controller black wire goes to truck red/black wire Brake controller white wire goes to truck white wire Brake controller red wire goes to truck light blue/white wire Brake controller blue wire goes to truck...
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  • Installing Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller on 2008 Chevy Avalanche for Use with Trailer
  • The Tekonsha P3 Proportional Brake Controller, part # 90195, works with any tow vehicle, but the wiring harness # 3015-P, is intended for 2003-2006 General Motors vehicles, not for your 2008 Avalanche. Please refer to the three included articles/videos which will show and explain the required wiring. Please note that the center stop light (CHMSL) wire is not necessarily orange in color. The wiring from the brake controller connects to the vehicle as follows: White ground wire connects...
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • Your Draw-Tite # 5100 would connect to the tow package wiring of your Avalanche as follows: controller red wire to light blue tow package wire controller black wire to red and black tow package wire controller dark blue wire to dark blue tow package wire controller white wire to white tow package wire The tow package also might have an additional orange wire that is not needed and should be bundled up out of the way. Cover the end of the wire with electrical tape so that it will...
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  • Locating the Brake Control Wire and Battery Charge Wire on a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • The two wires under the hood are the brake control wire, which provides power to the brake controller, and the battery charge wire to the 7-way connector. On your 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, the brake control wire will be located just to the right of the under hood fuse box between the fuse box and the driver side fender. The battery charge wire will be located to the left of the fuse box under the master cylinder. Both wires will have different sized eyelets attached to them and...
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  • Under the Hood Connections Required to Power a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • The 2008 Chevy Avalanche is probably set up like other GM trucks and SUVs in that there are cases where you do have to make some under hood connections to make the brake controller and/or 7-Way trailer connector fully functional. I have included a link to an FAQ article that will help. You need the part near the end titled Finalizing Connections for the Brake Controller.
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  • Brake Controller Installation Instructions on a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Without Factory Tow Package
  • Yes, we do have a photo, see link, that shows the location of the brake controller power wire and the brake controller output wire that need to be connected under the hood on your 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche if you do not have a factory 7-Way. We also have detailed instructions, see link, to help with the installation of the P3 # 90195 and wiring adapter # 3015-P brake controller on your Avalanche. The red wire shown in the photo is the power wire for the brake controller. This wire should...
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  • Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Troubleshooting N.C. Display on a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • The first thing I would do is fully activate the manual lever on the Prodigy P2 brake controller, # 90885, and release it, letting it snap back to the off position several times. This can clean the internal contacts and allow the brake controller to function properly. Sometimes dust and debris get into the controller and cause the manual contacts to remain activated, which could be the issue. Next, unplug the connector from the back of the Prodigy P2 for 2 to 3 minutes, allowing the...
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  • Fuse Position to Activate Accessory Power and Brake Control Power on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • If my memory serves me right the fuse positions for the auxiliary power posts under the dash on a 2008 Chevrolet truck or SUV are the closest two square fuse slots in the front end of the power distribution box, see photo link. The best way to test those power posts is to use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed. Ground the lead from the tester and touch each power post independently. If the tester lights then the fuse is in the proper location. If not a square fuse should be inserted....
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  • How To Complete the Brake Controller Wiring on a 2004 Chevy Avalanche
  • Once you connect a couple of wires under the hood of your 2004 Chevy Avalanche the 7-way of your vehicle will have an auxiliary 12 volt power source that you could use to charge the battery of your trailer. I attached an FAQ article on how to connect those wires under your hood for you to check out also.
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • If your 2008 Chevy Avalanche came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, it will have wiring for the brake controller under the dash. It will not have a port you can plug into, but the wiring will be already ran and you just have to make 4 connections. The wire bundle will be located under the dash, to the left and above the brake pedal. The bundle will be held together with a white tag. On the tag, the functions of the wires should printed. On the tow package wiring from...
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  • Wiring Plug, Hitch, and Accesories For 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche Towing 23 Skamper Travel Trailer
  • The item you selected, Pollak 7- and 4-Pole Trailer Connector Socket , part # HM40975, plugs into factory connector above the spare tire. You can use part # HM40975 if the vehicle wiring will reach to plug into your vehicle. If you find you need extra length of wiring to connect I would recommend Replacement Multi-Tow 7-Way and 4-Way Trailer Connector, part # 30955, which is designed to work on your Avalanche, and will plug into the factory connector above spare tire underneath your truck....
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to the Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • There are a couple of connections you may need to make under the hood to finalize the brake controller installation. Under the hood on the driver side, remove the power distribution box lid. Once removed, you will see a ring terminal directly to the right of the power distribution box (between the box and driver side of the truck). There may be some tape holding it in place. Just cut the tape to release the ring terminal. Next, route the wire to the front of the power distribution box...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2010 Chevy Avalanche Towing a 5000 lb Dump Trailer
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle or trailer specific, so most controllers would work fine for your application. This being said, the Tekonsha P2 you were looking at would be a good choice for your current set-up. The P2 is a proportional-type controller that works to ensure both tow vehicle and trailer brake at the same rate, which makes for safer and more effective braking. The P2 features 3 different boost settings for more aggressive braking when towing heavier trailers. The P2...
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  • Help with Installing a Voyager Brake Controller # 39510 on a 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • We can help you get your brake controller wired up with no problems. The 2010 Chevrolet Avalanche does not have a plug under the dash, but the wires are already ran. You only need to splice the brake control wires together with those already present under the dash. The wires are found under the left side of the instrument panel to the left of the steering column. The wire colors are red/black stripe for power to the brake controllers black wire, White for ground to the brake controller...
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  • Location of Electric Trailer Brake Controller Wire Bundle on a 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche
  • The wire bundle should be there, even on a 2009 Chevy Avalanche. There is a connector block to the left of the brake pedal against the fire wall. Directly above this block is where you will find the wires tucked out of the way. There should be five wires in the bundle: red, light blue, black, dark blue, and brown. Please note, the brown will not be used for almost all brake controllers. I have added a link to a 2007+ GM Truck Brake Controller Help page that has a picture of exactly where...
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  • Plug and Play Harness for a Brake Controller on a 2007 Chevy Avalanche
  • In the event your Chevy Avalanche comes equipped with a factory 7-way, you will be able to just splice the brake controller wires together under the dash. If your vehicle is not equipped with the factory 7-way, you will also need wiring harness, 30955 to complete the installation. I will attach helpful links and videos below for your reference.
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  • Installing a Prodigy Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Avalanche
  • Your brake controller would install just like it would on a 2008 Silverado. We have a FAQ page (see link) that shows the whole installation. We also have a step by step video (see link) that explains the entire process, as well. You will not need a separate wiring harness, the bare leads from the controller will wire directly to the leads under the dash. Please note, the wire colors under the dash and on the brake controller DO NOT MATCH color for color. Both the video and the FAQ page...
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