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Brake controllers with a custom fit wiring harness for your Toyota Tacoma 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%> Toyota Tacomas, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation.




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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2012 Toyota Tacoma

All right, today on this 2012 Toyota Tacoma were going to install a brake controller, part number 90885 from Tekonsha. This is a Prodigy P2. To help us install this were also going to use part number 3040-P. This is a cable that will go between the brake controller and the port on the truck. Well start off with this part number. Well go ahead and look for the port underneath the dash on the left hand side by the drivers side door.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1999 Toyota Tacoma

Today on this 1999 Toyota Tacoma were going to install part number TK90160. This is the Primus IQ brake controller. To help install this were going to use part number ETBC7. Well start from the back of the truck and work our way forward. Well start off by mounting the ETBC7 bracket to an existing bracket on the vehicle. Well take our gray wire and connect it up to our seven to four pole adapter.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2009 Toyota Tacoma

Today on this 2009 Toyota Tacoma we are going to install a brake controller from Tekonsha, this is going to be the Prodigy P3 brake controller part number 90195. We are also going to use the install kit part number ETBC7. The truck has the factory 4-pole already in place so what we are going to have to do is take down the original factory bracket with the 4-pole and then move it out of the way and install the new bracket that comes with the ETBC7 kit. This is the bracket that comes with the ETBC7 kit. It is going to be a tight fit but I think we can sneak it on there using the existing bolt holes. If it is a little bit tight just run a drill bit through there to make the one size a little bit bigger. 00:44



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2008 Toyota Tacoma

Today on this 2008 Toyota Tacoma pick up we will be installing Prodigy brake controller part number 90185 and we will also be using the brake control wiring kit part number ETBC7. We are going to start here at the rear of the vehicle and mount our 7-pole first. As you can see our vehicle here already has an existing 4-pole that we are going to be plugging our 7-pole adapter into. So in preparation I want to find a spot to go ahead and mount our 7-pole bracket to. On this Tacoma there is not a whole lot to work with. We typically like to mount it here on the back side of the bumper. Mounting at that angle would be kind of obnoxious. So I am actually going to be using part number 118136 which is a long bracket that will attach to the trailer hitch here with the use of a hose clamp. And then we can just mount our 7-pole bracket on like so.





Toyota Tacoma Brake Controller Questions and Answers


  • Will Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller part # TK90160 Pulse with Hazards of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma
  • You would not have to worry about the Tekonsha Primus IQ brake controller part # TK90160 from activating intermittently when your hazard lights are on. Your hazard lights would not backfeed onto the brake pedal circuit and activate the controller. The only time this is an issue is on much older trucks and some dump trucks. In those situations all that is required to prevent the problem is a Pulse Preventer part # 5501.
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  • Prodigy Brake Controller Flashes 2 Bars on the Top of the Display
  • On the P2, # 90885, it can be mounted in a 360 degree range in the direction of travel (not tilted or turned to the side). The original Prodigy, # 90185, did have a limited range. If you have the original Prodigy you would need to unplug it, then mount it within the range specified in the instructions, then plug it back in. Since the P2 does not have a feature that would cause an error if mounted too high, it sounds like you have the original Prodigy. An easy way to tell which model...
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  • Does 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux Pickup Have a Brake Controller Connection Port Under the Dash
  • If your 2012 Toyota Hi-Lux made for the Australian market has a quick-connect port for a brake controller it may use different under-dash connectors than those used on vehicles for the U.S. market. We do not have any information on parts intended specifically for Australian versions of the truck. The Tacoma for the U.S. market when equipped with a factory 7-way can use quick-connect adapter harness # 3040-P to connect a brake controller to the under-dash port. Please refer to the linked...
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  • Does Replacing Brake Controller On 2002 Toyota Tacoma Require Re-Wiring
  • If you installed the wiring harness, part # TM75127, or the part # 20127, on your 2002 Toyota Tacoma at the time you installed the brake controller, you can simply unplug your old controller and install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. The harness allows you to use TrailerMate, Draw-Tite, or Tekonsha brake controllers and allows you to unplug them easily without all the hassle of re-wiring everything. If you did not use a harness when you installed your Voyager,...
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  • Brake Controller Install Harness Recommendation for a 2000 Ford F350
  • Yes there is, to install a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 all you would need is the Brake Controller adapter part # 3035-P and you would be good to go. I attached a link to an install video for you to check out to show you how it installs.
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  • Location of the 40-Amp Fuse for the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Tow Package
  • The 40 amp fuse for your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado tow package is used for the 12 volt battery charge circuit. This fuse is located toward the front of the underhood fuse box closest to the front auxiliary positive post (see photo). There may be a dummy plug in the fuse slot. I have attached a video that shows where the 40 amp fuse is placed.
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  • Where Does Red Wire From Draw-Tite Activator ll Brake Controller Attach On 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • For the 2002 Toyota Tacoma, the wire you connect the red stop light wire to should be green/white. You can use a circuit tester like the Quickee Tester, part # 3808. I am attaching the instructions in case you don't have them that will help make sure you have everything installed correctly.
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  • Where to Plug In a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2014 Toyota Tacoma
  • We do not have a brake controller wiring harness that matches the one in your picture. I am not entirely certain this connector is the brake controller port though since there are so many pins in it. What I recommend is to take the truck to a dealer and ask them what that harness is for and if it is not the brake controller harness then ask them where the harness is supposed to be. Sometimes the harness can fall behind the kick panel to the left of the brake pedal and in front of the...
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  • Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller Applies Trailer Brakes Aggressively when Going Downhill
  • It sounds like the accelerometer inside the P3 # 90195 is getting a little tired. You may also want to try adjusting the angle of the controller to be more level with the ground if possible because something could be off with the auto-leveling sensors. The good news is that the P3 does have a limited lifetime warranty and if something has gone wrong with the internal circuitry Tekonsha is likely to replace it under the warranty. You will also want to check the truck and trailer side...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installation On 2014 Toyota Tacoma
  • We have one adapter that is recommended for the 2014 Toyota Tacoma when installing a brake controller like our Prodigy P2, part # 90885. The adapter we offer, part # 3040-P is the only adapter we currently offer that is confirmed to fit a Tacoma. The connector you have located under your dash may be for something different, but the only way to tell is to test the wires for the functions that are used with a brake controller. You will need a circuit tester like part # 3808 and test...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma and 4,200 Pound Travel Trailer
  • If you have never used a brake controller before, the P3, # 90195, would be a good choice because of its many features, but more importantly because of its easy to read and understand diagnostics. It will tell you if there is a problem and what the problem is so you don't have to hunt down codes. This is also a proportional controller that will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much your Tacoma is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on the...
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  • Placement and Orientation of Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller
  • The Tekonsha P3 would need to be mounted so that it is level in the side-to-side orientation, and pointed so that it is parallel to the direction of travel. The controller does not have any error codes specific to the controller being out of horizontal, but installing it so that it is not level or parallel to the direction of travel would cause erratic or poor brake performance, therefore you should make every effort to install the controller as stated in the instructions. If you no longer...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tacoma Without Brake or 12 Volt Power Wire
  • I am surprised to hear your 2005 Toyota Tacoma came with the factory brake controller harness, but the 7-way trailer connector was not wired for brakes or 12 volt power. If you were not the original owner, it may be possible that the previous owner had the 7-way connector installed, but only had the light functions wired. There is really no telling where Toyota stopped the power wire and brake wire from the brake controller harness under the dash. Unfortunately there is not a specific...
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  • How does the Disply on the Draw-Tite Activator 3 Brake Controller # 5520 Function
  • You asked an excellent question that can be difficult to understand with the included instructions. Without the truck connected to a trailer, the display on the Draw-Tite Activator 3 Brake Controller, # 5520, will show a single red dot when you step on the brake pedal or use the manual override. You will only see numbers, or the power output, if the trailer is connected to the truck. I pulled the Activator 3 from my warehouse and used a bench tester to make a short video for you showing...
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  • Will the Hopkins InSIGHT Trailer Brake Controller Fit a 2013 Toyota Tacoma
  • We have a couple of videos showing typical installations of the Hopkins InSIGHT brake controller # HM47297 on a Ford F-250 and on a GMC Sierra (linked for you) but not on a 20113 Toyota Tacoma as of yet. The mounting options for the display and the controls are nearly limitless. The box that plugs into the truck though has to be installed in the direction of travel in a certain orientation, see instruction link. For a 2013 Toyota Tacoma with factory 7-Way trailer connector, you will...
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  • Brake Controller and Trailer Wiring And Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2013 Toyota Tacoma
  • If you are talking about towing a trailer with your Tacoma then you will start with trailer wiring to activate the trailer lights. It sounds like your Tacoma did not come with any sort of trailer wiring so to start you will need to install a 4-Way wiring harness, # 118496. Then you will need to install a 4- and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7 to add a 7-Way and the wiring for a brake controller. I have included some links that will help with the ETBC7 installation. Then you would need...
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  • Comparing the Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller # 90885 to the P3 # 90195 for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma
  • The P2 # 90885 and P3 # 90195 brake controllers would both be good choices for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma, but the P3 is going to give you more features and customization options. The P3 is basically an upgraded version of the P2. While the P2 will show error codes when there is a wiring issue, the P3 will display a readout that gives you a more detailed description of what is happening, instead of just giving you a code you must then look up in the manual. You also have the option of...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a P2 Trailer Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tacoma
  • If your 2005 Toyota Tacoma came with a factory tow package then to install your P2 brake controller # 90885, you would need wiring harness # 3040-P. It plugs into the factory port on the truck. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you. If you have the factory wiring harness with black/red, green/white, brown, red, and flat green wires then you can hardwire in the controller as follows: Black/red goes to brake controller black for 12 volt power Green/white...
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  • Installing a Hayes Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with Factory Wiring Harness
  • On the Hayes brake controller # 81741B the white wire is ground, black is 12 volt power, red is input from the stop light switch, and blue is output to the trailer brakes. On the Toyota harness if it is not labeled, it should be as follows: Black with red tracer = 12 volts Green with white tracer = input from stop light switch Brown = ground Red = output to trailer brakes Green = not used (illumination) So you would connect brake controller white to harness brown; controller...
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  • Wiring in a Trailer Brake Controller with the Factory Wiring Harness on a 2008 Toyota Tacoma
  • The factory Toyota wiring harness for a brake controller most likely has the following functions: Black with red tracer connects to brake controller black (12 volt power) Green with white tracer connects to brake controller red (input from brake switch) Brown connects to controller white (ground) Red connects to controller blue (output to trailer brakes) Green is not used If your harness has different colors, I recommend testing the functions using a circuit tester like # 3808...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Primus # TK90160 in 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • A brake controller is not a vehicle specific item, so one way or the other, it can be installed in just about any vehicle. If your new Tacoma has the factory installed 7-way trailer connector at the rear bumper, you can re-use the # 3040-P Brake Control Wiring Adapter from your Tundra (if you used one). If not, you would need to purchase one. One end of the # 3040-P would plug into the rear of your Tekonsha Primus, the other end plugs into the factory connection port located between...
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  • Blue Wire Showing Voltage with No Trailer Connected and When Not Applying Brakes on Brake Controller
  • It does sound like there is a short to the brake controller through the wiring or in the internal circuitry of the brake controller. Since your brake controller shows no red light this indicates a short to the brake line (blue wire). If you are using wiring harness, # 3040-P, make sure that extra white ground wire is attached to a clean bare metal surface. If it is hardwired to the truck, the ground needs to be connected to the negative battery terminal. Sever the blue wire a few...
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tacoma with 4-Way Trailer Connector
  • Since your 4-Way was installed by the dealer and not from the factory your 2005 Toyota Tacoma will not have the factory tow package. You will need to add a 4 and 7 Way installation kit # ETBC7 to add a 7-Way and the wiring for a brake controller. I have included some links that explain how to install the ETBC7 kit that should help you. For a brake controller I recommend the Tekonsha P2, # 90885. It is one of our best selling brake controllers because it is easy to set up and easy to...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Grabbing and then Operating Normally with Hopkins Agility Controller
  • An easy way to eliminate the brake controller from the equation would be to borrow a friends and install it on your setup and see if the problem persists. If it does, the problem is elsewhere, if not then you know the your Hopkins Agility Controller # HM47294 is at fault. If borrowing another brake controller is not an option you could use a circuit tester like our # 40376 and test the brake output circuit with your trailer connected and see if there is a spike in voltage when you initially...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 to 2010 Toyota Tacoma With Factory 7-Way
  • To install the Pilot Brake Controller, part # 80550, on your 2010 Toyota Tacoma with a factory 7-Way connector you will need the Tow Ready Wiring Adapter, part # 20265. This adapter is a pigtail wiring harness that will connect to the wires on your brake controller using the included butt connectors. With the adapter connected to your brake controller you will now just plug in the other end of the adapter to your factory brake controller port located underneath and left of the steering...
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  • How to Hardwire a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2002 Toyota Tacoma
  • The 2002 Toyota Tacoma requires a hardwire installation for a brake controller. The problem you are most likely running into on the 7-Way you are trying to install is that you either have not connected a 4-Way to the 7-Way you have or you have not connected all the loose wires. If you need a 4-Way, you can use # 118379. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video showing a typical installation. Once you have the 4-Way connected to the 7-Way adapter, you...
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  • Would the Prodigy RF Brake Controller Activate Trailer Brakes Unintentionally In Rough Terrain
  • The accelerometer in this Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 is not affected by vertical jolts or jostles, it would only be affected by horizontal accelerations. Another thing you should consider is that this unit will not apply your trailer brakes unless you are applying the brakes of your tow vehicle. You would not have to worry about your brakes activating without your vehicle brakes being applied. I can not imagine it happening, but if erratic brake behavior does appear...
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  • What Parts are Needed to Install a Draw-Tite Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma
  • If your 2007 Toyota Tacoma came with a factory 7-Way trailer connector at the back, you can use the Tekonsha Wire Replacement, part # 3040-P, to install the Draw-Tite brake controller. On Tacoma trucks equipped with a 7-Way, there will be a harness that mates with this wiring harness which may be the one you are referring to. The harness will be located underneath and left of the steering column, taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal. There will be a 5-pin connector that...
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  • Parts Needed for Installation of the P2 Brake Controller on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, Double Cab TRD
  • Installation of the Prodigy P2 on a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, Double Cab with factory towing package is very easy. You will only need to order the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Proportional Brake Controller # 90885 and the Toyota Adapter, # 3040-P. This is the adapter for plugging the brake controller in under the dash of your Tacoma. Once plugged in and installed you will need to set up the brake controller with your trailer. I have included instructions for the brake controller for you to review. We...
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  • Parts Needed to Install an Electric Trailer Brake Controller in a 1997 Toyota Tacoma
  • In order to install the Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller, # TK90160, in your 1997 Toyota Tacoma, you will need a few parts. First, you will need to install a 4-Way wiring harness if the truck does not already have one. You can use # 118379. I have included a link to the installation details and a video to help with installation. With a 4-Way installed, you will then need to install a 4 and 7-Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7. This will provide a 7-Way connector at the back of the truck...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Mounting Location for 2011 Toyota Tacoma
  • After some online research to determine the layout of the dash on your vehicle, I have found two suggested mounting locations. We typically install a brake controller under the dash to the right of the steering column, but the dash on your Tacoma is not level in that location. The area directly below the steering column is level, and the controller could be mounted as far as possible to the right on this flat area. Another possibility is the pocket in the dash above the console and below...
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  • Where to Look for the Stop Light Wire for a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2001 Toyota Tacoma
  • First, you will want to locate the brake switch located above the brake pedal. There will be numerous wires going in and out of it. The wire you need will be on the cold side (meaning it does not have power running through it all the time). You will need to use a circuit tester like Quickee # 3808 to find the correct wire. You are looking for the wire that provides a signal (lights up the circuit tester) ONLY when the brake pedal is pressed. The wire should not have a signal at any...
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  • Brake Switch Wire Connection for Installing P-3 Brake Controller 90195 on a 2003 Toyota Tacoma
  • According to my research, the brake switch wire on a 2003 Toyota Tacoma should be green with a white tracer, but I would recommend testing to verify this is correct for your vehicle. Start at the brake pedal on the vehicle and test the wires running from it with a light tester like part # 3808. You will need to connect the red wire from the pigtail included with the Tekonsha P-3 brake controller # 90195 to the wire that shows power when you press the pedal, but goes cold when you release...
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  • Mounting a Tekonsha Primus in a 2011 Toyota Tacoma
  • I have examined interior photos of the 2011 Tacoma, and it appears that the Primus could be mounted either just to the left or right underneath the steering column, to the plastic under dash trim. The Primus can be mounted in an orientation up to 70 degrees nose up, so even though that lower dash portion is not flat, the controller should mount to that area with no problem. You will want to be sure that the controller is installed so that it is parallel to the direction of travel. For...
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  • How To Wire The Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5100, to a 2009 Toyota Tacoma With Factory Harness
  • On your 2009 Toyota Tacoma the factory wiring harness has a green wire that is used for illumination. So, you do not need to use the green wire when installing your Draw-Tite Brake Controller, # 5100. The wire colors on your factory harness are the black (12v power), the red (trailer brakes), the white with black tracer (ground) and the green with yellow tracer (stoplight). The black wire on the factory harness goes to the black wire on the brake controller. The red wire on the...
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  • Will 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit # ETBC7 Work on a 2 Wire Trailer System and 2003 Toyota Tacoma
  • Both the Draw-Tite Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118379, and the 4 and 7 Way Installation Kit, # ETBC7, for your 2003 Toyota Tacoma, will work with a trailer that has a 2 wire system. A two wire system carries the turn signal and brake light signals on the same wire. A 3 wire system has a separate turn signal. Most trailers use a 2 wire system. That is why many trailer harnesses for vehicles with a 3 wire system are made to convert it down to a 2 wire system. The ETBC7 has left turn and...
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  • What Brake Controller Will Work On A 2007 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab With A Tow Package
  • The brake controller I would recommend for your 2007 Toyota Tacoma is the Tekonsha Prodigy 2 Brake Controller, # 90885, that can be installed with the # 3040-P wiring harness that is specific to your Tacoma. The Prodigy 2 brake controller is our best selling model. It can be mounted in a 360 degree vertical range and will level itself automatically. It is a proportional brake controller which means that the brakes are applied to the trailer at the same time and same strength as the...
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  • Finding the Stop Light Wire on the Brake Switch to Install a Brake Controller on 1999 Toyota Tacoma
  • When installing a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy, # 90185, you will need to use a circuit tester like the Quickee # 3808 to find the stop light wire on the brake switch above the brake pedal. You will probe the wires until you find the one that carriers a signal ONLY when the brake pedal is pressed. It will not carry a signal at any other time. Once you find this wire, connect it to the red wire on the brake controller. I have included a link to an FAQ article below that...
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  • Brake Control Installation On Ford Vehicles
  • I have spoken with my contact at Tekonsha Technical Services, and he is unaware of any problems specifically relating to Ford vehicles. From the 1994 model year to the present, I recommend using the wiring adapter that plugs into the factory connector under the dash. From the 1994-2008 model year, part # 20260 would be used. For 2009-2010, use part # 20272. Using the wiring adapter provides the easiest and most foolproof installation. For Ford vehicles manufactured before 1994 where...
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  • Trailer Brakes Not Working When Moving Activator II from a 2000 to a 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • Since you have the factory 7-Way and brake controller wiring, I would imagine everything is correct on the truck. Additionally, using the custom fit brake control harness, part # 20265, eliminates concern of the brake controller being wired incorrectly unless the harness is faulty which is very unlikely. I would use the instructions for 20265 to make sure that the pins are in the proper location. I have linked to these instructions below. The single decimal point, as you may already...
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  • Do You Have a Wiring Diagram for Installing a Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tacoma
  • Brake controllers are universal items, so there are not really any diagrams available. Fortunately, we do have a video of a complete brake controller installation on a 2008 Toyota Tacoma. It shows not only how to install the brake controller, but also the 7-Way trailer connector at the rear of the truck. In addition to the Tekonsha Prodigy, part # 90185, you will also need a 7-Way. We have put together a kit, part # ETBC7, that includes a 7-Way connector as well as all the wiring, connectors...
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  • How To Wire a Brake Controller to a 2001 Toyota Tacoma
  • The brake controller you were looking at, part # 39510, would work just fine. We also have a complete 6 way kit that will wire up your 6 pin plug at the bumper and wire it to the brake controller, part # ETBC6. You will not even need to cut off your 4 way connector as it will connect to the 6 way pigtail. This way, when you are pulling a trailer without brakes, you still have a functional 4 way connector. I will briefly run through the wiring process, but I will also include some...
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  • Recommendation for Brake Controller on a 2005 Toyota Tacoma With Tow Package
  • I would recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885 and wiring harness adapter part # 3040-P for your 2005 Toyota Tacoma with tow package. This is a proportional brake controller that will apply power to the trailer brakes in proportion to the braking action of your vehicle. The adapter will plug into the back of the brake controller and the other end will plug into the factory brake controller port on your vehicle. There will be an additional white ground wire...
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