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Brake controllers with a custom fit wiring harness for your Ford Explorer make trailer towing safer and installation easier. We offer high quality controllers in both time-delay and proportional models, from manufacturers such as Tekonsha, Hopkins, Valley, and Draw-Tite. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for most <%=fMake%> Ford Explorers, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation.




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Ford Explorer Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2004 Ford Explorer

Today on this 2004 Ford Explorer we're going to install part number ETBC7 We're going to use this to install Brake Controller part number 90885 from Tekonsha, the Prodigy P2 Brake Control. So we'll start off our install by installing a mounting bracket onto the hitch. Now this bracket does not come with the kit and we'll be using part number 18140. Now the bracket is a little on the short side, so we have to make it a little bit longer. What we're going to do is just add a couple more holes to the end of the bracket.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Ford Explorer

Today, on this 2008 Ford Explorer, we're gonna install a Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part number 90885. We're also gonna be installing the ETBC7 kit or part number ETBC7 and Tow-Ready Mounting Bracket part number 118136.First, we'll take our Tow-Ready Bracket and our 7-Pole and we'll install them together. Simply using the hardware that comes with our bracket then we'll go ahead and tighten our screws down.Now we assembled our bracket mounting to our tow-ready bracket, we have the option of mounting it here on our new hitch or we're actually gonna mount it here on the manufacturer's hitch.With our bracket in place, we take our band clamp, comes with the bracket install kit.Go ahead and wrap it around the bracket and the hitch.Once you get your bracket positioned where you want it and your band in place, you can go ahead and tighten it down.Say we've got a little bit leftover here from our clamp, Im just gonna take a pair of tin snips and cut it off.Alright, with our 7-pole bracket mounted, Im gonna go ahead and install a new 7-pole and 4-pole connectors. It comes with our ETBC7 kit. Im just gonna use our provided kit for the mounting. First Ill feed my wires through the bracket.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1996 Ford Explorer

Today we are going to install part number 90195 from Tekonsha, the P3 Brake Controller. We are also going to install along with it part number ETBC7. And this will all be installed on a 1996 Ford Explorer. To begin our install, we are actually going to start with the rear of our vehicle and then work our way forward. First off, we are going to install our bracket that actually holds our 7-pole in place. There are substitute brackets that you can use that this will go onto and mount onto the hitch tube itself. However, this particular 7-pole does not really work that good you have to get some extra-long screws and make new holes in the bracket. But in this case, it makes things a little easier and probably a little bit nicer. So we will go ahead with this bracket here that comes factory with it. We will drill out a half-inch hole, which will work perfect with the carriage bolt with a half-inch square hole in the bottom of the bumper. And we will end up with the bracket about right there. We have got our bracket in a bench vise and we will go ahead and put in a quarter-inch pilot hole first and follow it with a half-inch bit. We will our bolt into the bumper and then we will go ahead and install our bracket. And then we will put on the nut and then tighten it down and use an extra hand to hold the bracket while you tighten down the nut and bolt. All right, we will go ahead and install our 7-pole into the bracket.





Ford Explorer Brake Controller Questions and Answers


  • Trailer Brakes Get Stuck and Overheat
  • The P2 # 90885 has not been around for 15 years. You might have the original Prodigy # 90185. The sure way to know is the display. If the display is blue, its a P2. If the display is red, it is a Prodigy. There are a lot of moving parts in electric drum brakes. They could get stuck if the return springs are bound up or corroded or if something needs some lubrication. Nine times out of ten, it is a brake issue. But it could be electrical further back than the brake controller. The...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Harness for Reese Brakeman and 2014 Ford Explorer XLT with Tow Package
  • On a 2014 Ford Explorer that came with a factory installed 7-Way, you can use brake controller wiring harness # 3035-P. If your Reese Brakeman does not have a plug in on it then you would just need to cut off the end of the 3035-P harness that would normally plug into the back of the controller and instead splice the wires color for color. I have included a link to a video to the right showing how the harness installs on a similar vehicle.
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  • Hopkins Reliance E1 Error Code Appears After Display Ramps Up Power to Trailer Brakes
  • The E1 error code on the Reliance brake controller indicates that a trailer is not connected. If the trailer IS connected and you get the E1 code, a probable cause is a dirty trailer connector. Check the trailer connector on the trailer and on the vehicle. Clean out any dirt or corrosion. Corrosion can build up behind the connectors where the wires attach as well. The numbers counting up is normal on a time-delay brake controller. It is counting up to full power. It can be adjusted how...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Connection in 2006 Ford Explorer
  • The Ford Explorer has a 6-pin connector behind the glove box on the passenger's side. The port behind the glove box is shown in the video of the Trailer Brake Controller Installation on 2004 Ford Explorer that I have included. You can see it at the 4 minute 5 second mark. You don't 't mention what your old vehicle is so you may not have the correct wiring adapter, which is # 3035P. This adapter requires no hardwiring and is designed to plug directly into your electric brake controller...
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  • Wiring Adapter for Installing Curt # C51120 Discovery Brake Controller on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • To install the Curt Discovery # C51120 brake controller on your 2014 Explorer, you'll need the Curt wiring adapter, part # C51322. The plug for the brake controller is located under the dash, behind the handle for the hood release.
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  • Location of Under-Dash Brake Controller Connector on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • The brake controller connector is located directly behind the hood release handle on your 2014 Explorer. Ford typically uses a gray plug, but it might also be a light brown in color. I have confirmed this for certain w/ my Tekonsha representative. If the plug is present, you'd use the # 3035-P wiring adapter to connect your Tekonsha brake controller to the connector under the dash. If your Explorer doesn't have the factory 7-way trailer connector, the plug might not be present. If...
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  • Brake Controller and Harness Recommendation for 2014 Ford Explorer Towing Car Hauler Trailer
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller you referenced, part # 90885, is an excellent choice in a proportional-type brake controller. It includes a number of key features like battery protection and built-in diagnostics and it has proven to be easy to use and reliable among our customers. In your tow-package-equipped Ford Explorer you can install this with a quick-connect harness # 3035-P that connects the controller to the under-dash port. This process is shown in the linked video.
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  • Location of Brake Control Wiring Harness on 2014 Ford Explorer
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he said that the brake controller harness plug should be located just to the left of the hood release cable on your 2014 Ford Explorer. Most of these plugs are a light gray but he has also seen some vehicles with a brown plug. I am including a picture which may help by showing you the pin configuration of the plug that you are looking for.
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  • Using Quick Connect Wiring Harness On 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac With Factory Tow Package
  • The custom wiring adapter you can use for your Explorer is the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter, part # C51322. This will easily plug into the vehicle wiring harness under the dash near the center console. There will be a 6-pin connector that mates with the one on the adapter at the end of the harness. Verify that there is battery power supplied to the connector by carefully probing the connector with a circuit test light like part # 3808. If you have a 7-way connector at the rear of your...
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  • Location of Factory Brake Controller on a 2014 Ford Explorer
  • For most applications, the factory plug is located beneath the dash, near the center console. On a 2014 Ford Explorer, the brake controller port is located by the steering column. It can also be located behind the hood release handle. I attached a picture of a drawing of what the connector will look like.
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  • Hopkins InSIGHT Flex-Mount Trailer Brake Controller # HM47297 for 2013 Ford Explorer Sport
  • Because brake controllers are not vehicle specific, you can certainly use the Hopkins Insight # HM47297 brake controller on your 2013 Explorer. If your Explorer has the factory 7-way trailer connector at the rear bumper, your installation will be very simple. The # HM47715 connector will plug into the connector under the dash, which will either be just to the left of the center console or behind the glove box. The connector will be gray in color. If your vehicle has the 4-pole trailer...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Curt Trailer Brake Controller on 2013 Ford Explorer Sport with Tow Package
  • The port on the dash of your 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is the OBDII port used to access the computer of the vehicle. A brake controller would not plug into that particular port but there is a brake controller port that you can plug into using harness # C51322 for Curt brake controller # C51140. The factory port is located beneath the dash, near the center console. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. All you have to do is mount the controller according to the...
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  • Will Prodigy RF Brake Controller Work on a 2013 Ford Explorer Using a 4- to 7-Way Adapter
  • In order for the Prodigy RF brake controller # 90250 to work you need to have a fully functioning 7-Way connector on your 2013 Ford Explorer. If you are using a 4 to 7-Way adapter and only the light functions work then the RF will not function until you at least make the 12 volt circuit functional. There should be a black wire on your adapter that is for the 12 volt circuit. You will need to run a wire from that black wire under the vehicle to the battery. You can use wire # 10-1-1 sold...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller has Possessed a 2003 Ford Explorer Causing Lights and Door Locks to Cycle
  • Brake controller plug and play harnesses are sold separate from the controllers themselves. So if you just wanted a brake controller like # 39523, yes, you would just cut off the plug end and wire it to the existing wires (provided the existing wires are all in good working order). Does the problem go away when you unhook the controller? I am not sure what could have gone wrong with a brake controller to make the power door locks cycle. That is probably one of the stranger things I have...
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  • Location of Blue Brake Output Wire Under a 2010 Ford Explorer with Tow Package
  • The blue brake wire on a 2010 Ford Explorer should run to the back of the vehicle along one of the frame rails, most likely the driver side, and on to another connector. The trailer connector that is at the back of the vehicle plugs into this connector. If your Explorer came with a factory 4-Way and not a 7-Way then you will need to tap into the wire that is in the forward connector along the frame rail. It should be a blue wire and you can access it by pulling back the protective cover...
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  • Factory Brake Controller Connection Location on a 2013 Ford Explorer with Factory Tow Package
  • When installing a brake controller on a 2013 Ford Explorer with the factory tow package, the factory connector to connect the brake controller is located behind the driver side kick panel. Previous generations had the connector behind the passenger side glove box. That changed so on your 2013 it will be behind that kick panel. You will need harness # 3035-P for your P2, brake controller.
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  • Where Does a Trailer Brake Controller Plug Into On a 2010 Ford Explorer
  • If your 2010 Ford Explorer came with a factory 7-Way trailer connector then you will use brake controller wiring harness # 3035-P which installs in a connector behind the passenger side glove compartment. I have linked a video showing a typical installation and a link to the installation instructions for the harness. If your Explorer came with a 4-Way flat connector but not a 7-Way, the connector behind the glove box may still be there but the blue wire for brake output will not be run...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller on a 2007 Ford Explorer with a 4-Way Factory Connector
  • You can use that factory port for the brake controller, however, there is no 7-Way kit available for the 2007 Ford Explorer with factory 4-Way. You will have to find were the blue wire for brakes terminates. From our experience it terminates in a harness behind the driver side wheel well or behind the door. You will need to route a length of wire # 10-1-1 from this point back to the # 37185 blue wire. The black wire will need to be routed under the vehicle and to the positive battery...
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  • Where to Mount a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • After looking at some pictures of the interior on the 2013 Ford Explorer I could see two possible mounting locations for a brake controller. First, there does not appear to be a lot of room to the right of the steering wheel (if sitting in the driver seat) but the other side seems to have enough space below the vent left of the steering wheel. It is much less likely that there is anything behind that section. But you can crawl under the dash and shine a light up there to be sure. The...
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  • Will Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 Work On 2013 Ford Explorer
  • The Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 you referenced will work for your 2013 Ford Explorer as long as it is installed properly based on the instructions I have provided. I have provided links to both the installation instructions and a video review of this product. You will need the Draw-Tite Wiring Adapter # 20260 for the brake controller to work with your vehicles factory trailer connector.
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  • Brake Controller and Parts Needed to Install on a 2013 Ford Explorer
  • If you have a factory 7-way at the rear of your 2013 Ford Explorer then you would want to use a Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter # 3035-P to simply plug into the back of a brake controller like the Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 and then will plug into a port under the dash, near the center console. If you have a 4-way harness already you will need a Brake Controller 7 & 4 Way Installation Kit # ETBC7. This kit comes with everything you will need to convert your 4-way to a 7-way....
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  • What Color is the Brake Switch Wire to Use to Install a Draw Tite Activator Brake Controller
  • The wire you will want to use on your 1999 Ford Explorer should be a solid green wire. I would double-check with a circuit tester like the # 3808 to be sure. The 12 volt power source that runs to the 7-way is for auxiliary circuits like a winch or lights like you mentioned. In order for your brake controller to activate the brakes on your trailer you will not need to have this circuit wired up.
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  • Hardwiring a Trailer Brake Controller to the Ford Factory Wiring Harness on a 2003 Ford Explorer
  • On the brake controller, # 5520, the white wire is ground and that will attach to your white ground wire. The brake controller black wire will connect to your pink with white stripe. The brake controller blue wire will connect to the blue wire on your harness. Brown on your harness will not be used. The red wire on the brake controller will connect to the green wire on the actual brake switch like in the yellow paper you have. the brake switch is located above the brake pedal. It will...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Tekonsha Primus Trailer Brake Controller on a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • We do have a video that should help, but not one specifically on the Primus, # TK90160, and a 2006 Ford Explorer. What we do have is a typical brake controller installation on a 2008 Ford Explorer that should help. It will wire in the same (if the vehicle came with a factory 4-Way trailer connector). I have included a link to the video for you. You will also need an installation kit like # ETBC7 to complete the installation. If the vehicle came with a factory installed 7-Way, installation...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Tekonsha Brake Controller on a 2012 Ford Explorer With Tow Package
  • For your 2012 Ford Explorer you will first want to determine whether you have a 7-way connector or a 4-way connector at the back of your vehicle for your trailer wiring connection. If you have a 7-way connector then you will want to purchase the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter, part # 3035-P, in addition to the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. This adapter will plug into the connector attached to the brake control wires from the vehicle under the dash. I have included...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Ford Explorer
  • To install a brake controller on your 2011 Ford Explorer, you will first need to determine if the vehicle has a factory installed 4-Way trailer connector or 7-Way trailer connector. If it came with a factory 7-Way trailer connector, you will just need the brake controller, # 90885 that you have selected, and the wiring adapter, # 3035-P. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation and a link to some instructions for you to view. If the vehicle came with a factory...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2005 Ford Explorer with Factory 4-Way
  • You can use that factory port for the brake controller, however, there is no 7-Way kit available for the 2005 Ford Explorer with factory 4-Way. You will have to find were the blue wire for brakes terminates. From our experience it terminates in a harness behind the driver side wheel well or behind the door. You will need to route a length of wire # 10-1-1 from this point back to the # 37185 blue wire. The black wire will need to be routed under the vehicle and to the positive battery...
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  • What Parts are Needed to Install Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller on a 2003 Ford Explorer
  • Depending on what options your 2003 Ford Explorer has, there are different ways in which to install the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510. If the Explorer came with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, you will just need the brake controller and wiring harness together in part # 39510-3035P. One end of the harness plugs into the brake controller, the other end connects to a factory plug located behind the vehicle glove box on the Passenger side. There will be a 6-pin connector...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller on a 1998 Ford Explorer
  • Installing the Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller, # 39510, on your 1998 Ford Explorer will not be too difficult and we have numerous resources for the installation that will be very helpful. First, to install a brake controller on your vehicle you will need three things. First, a 4-Way trailer connector if the Explorer does not already have one. For your truck, it is # 118345. I have included a link to the installation details for reference. Next, you will need a 4 and 7-Way Installation...
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  • Brake Controller Installation Instructions for a 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Factory 4-Way
  • Sure, I will be glad to help you with installation instructions for installing the Hopkins Agility Electric Brake Controller, item # HM47294, on your 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with with factory 4-Way trailer connector. You will need several items. All of these items are available in our Brake Controller 7 and 4 Way Installation Kit, item # ETBC7, with the exception of a circuit tester, item # 3808. Once you have the brake controller, the wiring kit, and a circuit tester, you are...
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  • Where Is Factory Brake Controller Plug Located On 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • On your 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac the factory plug for your brake controller will be located under the dash, on the left side of the steering wheel, just above your left leg. The wiring adapter you will need to connect the Draw-Tite Brake Controller # 5500 to your vehicle is the Draw-Tite Brake Control Wiring Adapter # 20260. This adapter will have a 6-pin plug that will connect to your factory brake controller plug and the 4 wires on the other end will be butt-connected to the...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller on 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • As a first step, you will need a brake controller. The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 that you were looking at would be an excellent choice. The P2 is currently our best selling controller, it is very user-friendly, and simple to set up. We offer a Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC6 if you need a 6-way connector, or # ETBC7 for the more common 7-way connector. The kit contains everything necessary for installing a controller, including all wire and hardware as well as the trailer connector,...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Tekonsha P3 Prodigy on a 2002 Ford Explorer
  • If you have a factory 7-Way, you should be able to use part # 90195-3035P. This is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 bundled with the harness. It will plug into the brake controller port under the dash and you will not need to add another breaker as Ford already did the proper wiring. If you have a 7-Way and already have the P3 and you just need the harness, you can use part # 3035-P. Again no additional breaker needed. If you do not have the factory 7-Way, write back and let me know what trailer...
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  • Installing an Activator Brake Controller on 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with Factory Tow Package
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle specific so you will be able to use the Draw-Tite 2-4 Brake Electronic Brake Controller, # 5100, on your 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he stated you will be able to use the Brake Controller Wiring Harness, # 3035-P. Your Explorer Sport Trac has a factory connector on the right side of the steering column, under the dash, right about at the edge. It will plug into this harness. The other end (black connector)...
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  • Transferring the Prodigy # 90185 Brake Controller from a 2007 Ford Explorer to a 2009 Expedition
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy # 90185, will work well with your new 2009 Ford Expedition. When you get the new Expedition you will find that the connector used on your 2007 Explorer, # 3035-P, will plug right in to the connector under the dash of the Expedition and you will be ready to set up the brake controller to work with your new vehicle and the trailer. I have provided installation directions below so you can get the brake controller set up and working correctly on the new vehicle. Start...
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  • Display Lights on Prodigy Remain Lit While Driving and After Turning Off Vehicle
  • The LED lights on the display of the Prodigy brake controller, part # 90185 will turn off after 15 minutes if there is no motion or activity sensed by the unit. The brake controller will go into a power-saving mode, with a blank display screen after 15 minutes. You do not need to worry about the brake controller draining your vehicle battery, the LED lights pull a negligible amount of power when lit, and are there to show that the brake controller is functioning normally. When...
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