Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

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  • Proportional Controller
  • Tekonsha
  • Electric
  • Up to 3 Axles
  • Under Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Digital Display
  • 90 Degrees
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2002 Jeep Liberty - Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your Jeep Liberty's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position anywhere from 0 degrees (level) to 90 degrees in the vertical plane
  • 3 Boost levels let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle and trailer
    • Minimizes drain on car battery when not in use
    • Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick-disconnect feature lets you easily remove and store the control when not in use
    • Replacement wiring harness (sold separately) and replacement bracket (6927 - sold separately) required to move the controller from one vehicle to another
  • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 3 axles (6 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 4-3/8" wide x 5" long x 2-1/2" tall
  • Mounting: between 0 degrees (level) and 90 degrees in the vertical plane
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Proportional Braking

With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently. So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner. Just set the initial power level, select a boost setting, and you're good to go.


As long as the Primus IQ controller is properly mounted and is pointed in the direction of travel, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.


Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

Aside from smoother, more efficient braking, Tekonsha's Primus IQ brake controller also offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 13 percent or 25 percent of the predetermined power setting.


So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your Jeep Liberty. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.


If your trailer weighs less than your tow vehicle, no boost is needed. But if you wish to set the boost so that your trailer leads the braking of your towing setup, you can select level B1. The following table gives an indication of when you might use the different boost levels and the power increases that they offer.


Approximate Gross Trailer WeightBoost LevelIncrease in Initial Power Output
Less than tow vehicle GVWB113%
Equal to tow vehicle GVWB1 or B213% or 25%
Up to 25% more than tow vehicle GVWB2 or B3*25%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicle GVWB3*25%

*Both B2 and B3 offer a 25-percent boost in initial power. But the braking curve for B3 is more aggressive than that of B2. This means that, even though you will start out with the same intensity when using these boost levels, you will get an overall more aggressive braking experience with the higher level. So if you use B3, you will reach maximum braking sooner than if you use B2.


Safety Features

The Primus IQ offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. For example, when it is not in use, this brake controller will be in power-saving mode. In this setting, the power draw falls to minimize drain on your Jeep Liberty's battery.


When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for more than 5 seconds, the Primus IQ's "hold" feature will activate. When this happens, the power output to your trailer's brakes will be reduced to just 25 percent of the preset power setting so that the brakes will not overheat.


If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override is easily accessible. Pushing this slide bar engages the brakes on your trailer with full power. In addition, when you activate this override, the brake lights on your trailer will illuminate, properly warning those behind you of the braking action of your rig.


In addition to all of those safety features listed above, the Primus IQ offers diagnostics such as:

  • Open ground
  • Overload
  • Output short
  • Faulty mounting
  • Power loss
  • No trailer connection

Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the Primus IQ ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount it in your cab at a vertical angle that is between 0 degrees (level) and 90 degrees, and the controller will level itself automatically.


Correct Primus mounting90-Degree Primus mounting

Note: The Primus IQ must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


Installation is a snap. After mounting the Primus IQ unit in your cab using the included bracket, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your Jeep Liberty. The other end plugs into the brake controller. To transfer the Primus IQ to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and snap it out of the bracket.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your Jeep Liberty, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your Jeep Liberty, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your Jeep Liberty.



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Customer Reviews

Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional - TK90160

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (992 Customer Reviews)

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles.

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Grateful for the fast response and shipment. Got the controller within the specified delivery time. etrailer communication is the best. The added dual plug-in adapter made the install a breeze...Thank You! 574572



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I installed TK90160 on my 2007 Sierra 2500 Diesel because I got tired of paying GM to repair the factory brake controller. It works great. Easy to read and simple to install. I used the installation diagram supplied by etrailer to complete the job. I tow a fifth wheel RV. 573301



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The product is exactly as described. Installation was easy using the vehicle specific cable. Received the controller yesterday, installed today, have yet to connect trailer and try. 573535



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Product could not be installed in my Ford Escape as recommended. Had to trade it at the installers for a different model. Disappointed. 572598


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Can you tell us exactly what the issue was? According to the Tech Services folks at Tekonsha, theres nothing unique to your model year Escape that would prevent the successful installation of this brake controller.

-- Mike L - 10/11/2018

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Good instructions easy to install had 2 led lights stay on called an said they stay on googled problem several different answers after said and done lights go into sleep mode on #90106 after 15 mins thank you google !!!!!! 572257



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quick easy installation. does the job when needed 575121



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Just received and installed the Tekonsha IQ TK90160 on my 2017 Chevy Colorado. Thanks to your very detailed videos and the fact that my truck has the factory tow package the installation was a simple process. Chevy didn't label the wires but your video did a great job of doing so. Good job guys!!! 571385



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The brake controller that I received worked very well. The plug and play brake controller adapter (3016) - not so well. After looking at all the reviews I decided to order the Primis IQ brake controller along with the wiring adapter (3016). I talked to Susan (customer service) and asked how long the wiring adapter was. I wanted to make sure I had enough wire to go from my fuse box to the controller. She told me the length was 35 inches. This was enough for me so I ordered it. Everything came to me in just a few days. Unfortunately I didn't measure the adapter wiring prior to installing the brake controller. When I started to wire the adapter to the controller I found out that the wire is only 27-28 inches long including the plugs. With a lot of stretching I was able to just get the adapter connected to my fuse box and my controller. If you purchase the adapter (3016) make sure you measure the distance from your fuse box to your controller prior to drilling holes in your dashboard or you may have to relocate your controller. I am pleased with instructions that are sent with the product. They are very well done and easy to understand. 568074



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Works just fine. Easy to adjust. 574518



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Very good price product easy to install with correct wiring harness 572607



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Great product and service. 574132



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This controller is one Smooth Operator. Completely faultless for a year now. 571758



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Great product easy to install and opera te 573029



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Quality of products only succeeded by the wonderful ongoing customer service! 570922



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Easy to install and works great! No pics at this time! This is the third one I have owned! 570461



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Great brake controller. Very adjustable. Easy installation. The guys st e trailer we’re very helpful and fast delivery. 569362



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Arrived on time and supper easy installation with the wire kit, plug and play. Can’t wait to take out the trailer. Need some more miles on my new Nissan Desert runner. 565486



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Product works great works as it should, happy with the purchase, no issues found, if need be I would purchase again. Easy set up very detailed instructions. And with no issues I was able to transfer it over to a different vehicle. 567100



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install would have taken minutes on our Flex if Ford had left a few inches more wire on the connector. After getting supplied connector (Ford sent both halves of connecter in case of hard wiring) off, install was easy and everything worked as I hoped. 556799



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We still live this product. It was easy to install and works like it should. 569261



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Great product! Easy to install and setup. Security for stopping while pulling pontoon. 569235



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Replaced an older brake controller with the TK90160. Installation was very straight forward and took less than a half hour. Hooked up the trailer, went to an empty parking lot, tested everything and adjusted the Boost feature. This unit is a superior brake controller. I do a lot of freeway driving as well as mountain roads (ie steep stuff) and I love the feeling of the trailer and the truck’s brakes working together. 563689



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This is the best proportional brake controller! Have bought multiple units to put in the different trucks we have and all of them work excellent and perfectly. 564885



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Outstanding product easy to hook up .. works great 569853



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Mounted easily. I did have to cut and paint a block of wood due to where I mounted it in my truck. I can't imagine pulling my trailer without a brake controller. It works perfectly. I would and have purchased other products from Etrailer. 566094



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Replaced my almost 20 year old Tekonsha controller with this new one and it works great. Installation was easy. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star review is because of the plastic mounting bracket. It does not hold well. I will be installing the metal mounting bracket. 432173


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This brake controller works beautifully with all of the trailers I pull. I pull about 4 different trailers and can adjust it easily for all of them.

Rob S - 09/13/2018

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Easily installed--works great. 570029



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I have not hauled with this brake controller yet, but given the ease of installation and simplicity of controls i'm not sure how i could be disappointed. For my hauling needs (Only a 6k gvwr 2 axle trailer) this is perfect and a reasonable price for a proportional controller. Better yet was etrailer.com not setting false expectations on arrival. There are "two-day guaranteed" shippers that often fail to meet, while etrailer estimated a realistic travel time and actually beat it by a lot! 554652



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Order was received quickly and installation was easy. Silverado has a tow package, but was in need of a brake controller. The Primus IQ should work fine for my needs. The pin in the RV plug for the electric brake connection does not have power to it on my truck. Once I get it figured out, it should work great. Thanks again for the quick response in receiving it. 554897



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I have not connected the device as of yet. However delivery and price were on point. I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra that does not have a factory tow package and I need to know exactly were to connect into the brake switch. The truck does have the 4 prong connection so I can use the ETBC7 kit that will definately save several wire connections. The kit came with a great diagram. It is just the exact location to connect the one wire on my specific vehicle. 424889


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Working good so far. For the price, it was a good brake controller.

Bill - 08/27/2018

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WORKS WELL 571217



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The brake controller and corresponding cable were exactly as advertised. Everything was delivered promptly and all items arrived in excellent condition. The videos of the installation provided on the website were very good and made the decision of the purchased easy. I am using this to help with electric brakes on a 38 foot travel trailer. The ease of installation was fantastic.The site has a wide variety of products and I am extremely pleased with my purchase. I will continue to do business with your company in the future and I will recommend it to anyone who has a trailer or travel trailer. Awesome experience all around 543923



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Good smooth brake action, easy to install and adjust. Auto leveling worked out well. Fairly inexpensive for a proportional brake controller. The included 2 mounting brackets allow for lots of mounting options. I has a quality feel. 429822


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I has worked flawlessly, no issues at all

Scott P - 09/10/2018

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Installed in my 2014 GMC Acadia in about 30 minutes. Used the GMC plug-in wiring adapter. No problems. Looks like it was made for that location. 556263



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This will be more of an overall etrailer review as opposed to a specific product review as I've yet to actually test the product. So, you might ask, how can I feel confident enough to review a company whose product I have not tested. The answer is simple and solid...I, in all actuality, tested the very fabric of etrailer itself; their employees (specifically Bill and Kristin, my many kudos to you both). I tested their patience. I tested their gumption. I tested their resilience. I even tested the very foundation of their courtesy. With my innocently incessant questions, concerns and over-dramatizations, I pulled, tugged and prodded at the very essence of, what I can only assume is, their corporate ethic. I begged, probed and, most likely to some extent, annoyed their customer service with email after email for days; although, I'm sure to them it must have seemed like an eternity of overtime. Not once, was a single one of my inquiries met with even the slightest hint of aggravation or delay. If you think that I'm just touting because I love talking, you're sadly mistaken. Never in my long years have I ever "reviewed" anyone or anything online. I don't Facebook. I don't Twitter. I don't even go to the customer service desk at the grocery store. It's not my style and it probably never will be. But, I would feel remiss if I let this one go. There is a reason why their site comes up so frequently when searching for answers to new questions and available products...their company is clearly founded on successful ideals and, every effort of their service department proves it beyond a doubt. In the end, this old man was wrong. And, I suffered them through an unnecessary ordeal. But, I've come to find, that, in life, we get tested, often when we least expect and even more frequently, without knowing why. I can not say that there is a better reason for the tribulation they so positively endured other than to give me the confidence to proceed. But, then again, as customer's, is that not but what we seek. I sought affirmation and reassurance that I wasn't just shoving my money into a machine but, instead, shaking hands with an old friend. I was not disappointed. And, I doubt that you would be either. In fact, in my humble opinion, I believe that you'd have to be downright incorrigible to meet any dissatisfaction with their service. In an online generation where almost every site has almost every thing, and all at pretty much the same price, I can see no excusable reason to overlook the absolute value of total confidence in your purchase. The fact is, that at some point, I will need to order something for or have a question about my RV again, and every time my browser search shows results from etrailer.com, I will go their first because I have the experience to know that they know that the way they treat me will bring me back. 474860



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Cheapest Tekonsha progressive controller (progressive is quite important with heavy loads, transient road conditions, short tow vehicle wheelbase, etc). Bought it with the OEM integration harness (thanks etrailer, this made things SUPER easy) mounted the "clip" bracket at the bottom of my console below the 4WD selectors with double side tape and the screws provided for good measure. Haven't tested yet but went through all the diagnostics and worked great! 548728



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Great product. I followed the online video from ETRAILER.com for a 2017 Chevy Colorado with excellent results. My truck is a 2018 Colorado which has the same wiring (no plug n play like the Silverado). Made sure the color coding of the 4 wires were connected properly as described in the video. All you have to do is pay attention to his instructions. Now I can safely pull my 16 foot trailer loaded with tractor. Thanks, Hugh 554796



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It has worked just as expected, I have had no issues and very happy with my purchase. 563638



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I ordered and received my Tekonsha Primus IQ brake controller with wiring harness for my 2012 Ford Expedition. To keep from drilling mounting holes for the contoller, I double backed taped it to the top of the center console. In order to hide the wires, I had to strip some of the braided wire loom protective cover away so to be able to push the wires through the gap between the dash and console. The installation came out very clean and access to the controller couldnt be better. Hooked up the trailer and took it for a drive. Within a few "stops" I had the brake system dialed in.Working perfectly. PICTURES ATTACHED. 493750



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Super easy installation. Clear, thorough instructions. Everything you need to install included. Digital display codes are a little quirky so you'll need to keep the quick start manual handy until you get used to them. 94094


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We still like the brake controller. I was able to install it in about 5 minutes working in the rain at twilight. Its easy to set and adjust. Would buy another if needed.

Greg D - 03/03/2015

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Installed this in my 2018 Tacoma TRD Off Road. After removing the sill trim and Kick plate to find the Factory Plug. I took the Bottom left dash down (3 Bolts) and some clips to gain access to the small cubby on the left of the steering wheel. Popped it out, trimmed it to fit with my Dremel and held the Unit in place with 3-M automotive trim tape. I only had to cut the sides of the cubby and a square hole for the plug to the unit. Looks Factory installed. All in all it took a couple of hours to do. my truck has only 135 miles on it so I was extremely careful. As you can see by the pics it's not in the way at all. It could also be put in the center console but it has a wireless charger and I didn't want any Electronic interference or block access to my coffee cup holders. 490872



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I have installed the Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller with the ETBC7 Brake Controller wiring kit on my 1990 Chevy Blazer Scottsdale. Everything that I needed was included and the installation instructions were simple. We will be trying it out for the first time in early November when we are going to rent a small travel trailer. If we like the experience we may buy a travel trailer to go with our brake controller! Before and after pictures attached. Thanks for the quick service and support. 228964


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Brakes work perfectly. Our rental trailer worked out great for an 800 mile round trip and 4 nights at a Florida State Park. We bought a used 20 travel trailer in February and have taken it on two short trips and a month long vacation. We have had no problems at all and now have almost 3000 miles of towing behind us. One emergency stop was exciting, but the rig stayed perfectly straight and probably stopped shorter than the Blazer would have done without the 4 extra brakes behind it. Thanks for all of your help and support.

V J - 10/02/2016

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Had it for about a year now. Plug and play on my Ram 1500 with the adapter harness sold separately. All wires were long enough and I actually had to tie wrap them up to shorten them. Thats a good problem in my book when it comes to wires on vehicles. Installed it in the length of time it took to screw in 2 screws and plug the harness into the existing plug. I use it mainly to tow a 6000lb dual axle travel trailer. It did take some getting used to the Proportional control as it replaced a cheaper timed one. But once I got used to it I don't even notice its there. Brakes are proportional and stopping distance is about the same as without the trailer and dependent on how hard I hit them. Drove 1800 miles in the Appalachians last month with some incredibly steep inclines. Never failed and performed excellent. It is adjustable and I did have to dial it in, but once done I haven't touched it. Great product, dependable and you get good performance for the price. I'd buy it again. 415554



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I bought the above brake controller, the ETBC7 brake controller wiring kit, and the Tekonsha plug in wiring adapter for my non trailer equipped 2006 Ford e150 passenger van. I already had the 4 wire plug installed in the van, but not done very well. I started redoing the 4 wire circuit to hide the wiring better, and then mounted the back plug and cleaned up all the wiring in about 45 minutes. I took another 1/2 hour to pull the wire forward to the battery area, and lock it down. It then took about 45 minutes to mount the brake controller inside. Buying the adapter cable saved me a good 1/2 hour or better. The entire thing done in about 2 hours and likely better than a shop could have done. My advice is watch the videos, they had one for a van very close to mine and it made the installation steps very clear to conceptualize. P.S. I'm an Amazon prime member. The brake controller was the exact same price as on Amazon. Amazon however did not have a well equipped wiring kit, nor did they have the harness adapter. I definitely would not have saved money buying on Amazon and I would have lost time due to not having the harness adapter. 198858



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Amazing prices.. product literature, diagrams, how-to online videos.. Product delivered before scheduled! Fantastic source..will definitely use again 561756



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THANKS for the Brake Controller unit from ETrailer. It arrived w/in 5 days from your MO location to my So CAL residence. Even as an Engineer/Scientist from the Delta IV rocket program and no experience with brake controllers, I was able to install this unit by myself. Your continued (live human) support and online video clips proved to be the key elements to this installation...without my symbolic pocket protector. I have attached a few images of the unit, mounted to the fuse-panel cover (3/16 attachments with locking hex nuts) in a 2006 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (with factory tow package). The placement of the unit onto the panel cover allows a new panel cover (no holes drilled) to be used when it is time to sell the vehicle. 85308


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Thanks Patrick for the follow-up. The brake controller, for the camp trailer, installation went relatively easy and operation of the unit continues to be great. More importantly is your product follow-up for Customer Service...providing a r-e-a-l name vs. Customer Service dept. along with a phone number and email contact information all pretty rare in todays environment. E-Trailer continues to be my first-source for product information search.

J - 12/19/2014

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Very happy with this brake controller! Works well, easy to install and use. After about a year of using it, have no complaints! 562289



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Not the simplest thing to install on a mini van (2012 Honda Odyssey Touring) but that's not Tekonsha fault and the etrailer guys have done a great job at explaining what to do. Had I not already had tons of wire and stuff laying around the shop, I would of bought the wiring kit they sell (ETBC7). You can not buy all the stuff that comes with it for cheaper elsewhere! Once all the wiring was installed, hooking the brake controller up was real easy. The instructions are real clear on how to set up the controller too. It's literally just seeing it to a number, driving, and pushing the controllers manual operation slider. It really couldn't be simpler. I chose this controller because it had a low profile mounting option. I knew keeping it out of sight of the wife was my number 1 priority. I was able to mount it right below the steering wheel so I could easily reach it and thanks to it but having to hang on a metal bracket, it's low enough of a profile that are didn't realize it was the until I told her. 444076



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IT WORKED PERFECTLY. This is my first time to purchase, install, and use a brake controller. Add to top it off, it was my first time to pull a trailer. It was on a Saturday, exactly six days before a scheduled tent-camping trip, when my wife found a good deal on a used pop up camper. The camper was equipped with electric brakes, so it was required to install a brake controller on my SUV. It was Sunday (next day) when I ordered the Tekonsha TK90160, along with the other necessary part numbers #118449, #A0500, #18136, #ETBC7. I was planning to take the parts to a shop to have it installed as soon as I received them. I was hoping I can get them on Tuesday, but UPS dropped it off to the local post office, which caused it to be delivered at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon. The shops that I went to either did not have an installer available, or were all booked for the week. I had to "take courage" and install it myself. I am so thankful that etrailer.com provides extensive videos of reviews, installation, and operation of the products that they sell. I made the connections as shown and hoped for the best. I picked up the camper on Thursday, and was sooo relieved that it worked perfectly. We took off on Friday and the camping trip was a success. We are looking forward to making more good memories with our camper. Thank you etrailer! 276385



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Primus Iq Brake Controller installed in a Mercedes Benz 2017 Sprinter. The van's electronics interface with the Primus, and it can detect when the trailer brakes lock-up, which lights an dashboard indicator lamp. I used the Mercedes-specific plugs under the driver's seat and ran the cables through the battery box to the dashboard. 489003


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  • Is Using a Brake Controller Necessary for Towing a Trailer
  • If the trailer is equipped with electric brakes and you want them to actuate, you'll need a brake controller. A brake controller is a fairly small investment that will go a long way to keep you safer when towing. There are two types of controllers, the older time-delayed variety and the newer proportional type. I'd recommend going with a proportional controller like the Tekonsha Primus, part # TK90160. A proportional controller can sense how quickly the tow vehicle is braking, and...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Primus IQ Proportional Braking System 90160
  • There are three possibilities for your vehicle. If you have a factory 7-Way you will be able to use the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller, item # TK90160, and the Tekonsha Wire Replacement for Ford, item # 3035-P, to install the brake controller on your RV. The connector for the brake controller wire harness should be located under the dash to the left of the steering column. You will be looking for a 6-pin connector that mates to the brown connector on the # 3035-P harness. The...
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  • Setting Up the Tekonsha Primus Electric Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160
  • The initial set up involves connecting the trailer to the vehicle, starting the engine, and then fully engaging the manual override lever. While the lever is fully engaged, set the power wheel knob to 6. You will then start doing the driving/braking test and then adjust the power wheel accordingly. The power wheel does adjust the amount of power sent to the trailer brakes like you have said. More power (rotating the knob toward the front of the vehicle) will set the brakes more aggressively...
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  • Where To Connect The Brake Controller To The 7-Way Trailer Connector On The Tow Vehicle
  • On the 7-way connector that is on your vehicle, the pin you will connect the brake controller wire to is the (2) pin. If you are looking at the inside (back) of the 7-way connector, it will be the pin at the 7:00 position. Looking at the 7-way from the outside (front) it will be at the 5:00 position. The wiring installation is the same on all of the of the brake controllers. I am including a picture of a 7-way and it shows the functions of each pin. You will want to make sure that the...
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  • How to Set Up the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller
  • Set up of the Tekonsha Primus IQ, # TK90160, is very easy and straight forward. What you will do is connect to the trailer and tow it to a open, flat surface. Start by adjusting the power output to the midpoint on the controller and make sure the boost is off.. Tow the trailer at about 20 miles per hour and then fully apply the manual override. If the trailer brakes lock up then adjust the power down. If they do not lock up adjust the power higher. You well need to repeat the test until...
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  • What Do the Codes Displayed on the Primus IQ Mean
  • After installing your Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 you should see the following two-digit display: n.c. which means "power to brake controller without trailer connected." This displays for 15 seconds then changes to two dots ( . . ) With the trailer connected you will see .c displayed which means "boost feature not engaged," or .c. for "boost feature engaged." A display of b.1, b.2, or b.3 shows the boost level setting. See the chart at right of typical boost...
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  • Comparison Between the Tekonsha P2 # 90885 and Primus IQ # TK90160 Electronic Brake Controllers
  • The Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 and the Primus IQ # TK90160 share some basic features, but there are many differences. The most obvious ones are the displays and appearances of the units, which are connected to the usability of the brake controllers while towing. The P2 has a brighter, light-colored LED display that is easier to read than the red LED display on the Primus, and the P2 also features a rotary lever for the manual braking feature, while the Primus uses an older style...
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  • Brake Controller Install Port Location in 2017 GMC Sierra 1500
  • The brake controller install port on your 2017 GMC Sierra for installing your Primus IQ part # TK90160 is located under the dash under the junction box lid you see in the picture I attached. I also attached an install video below that details how this is done. The install harness you need is # 3016.
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  • Troubleshooting an SH Code on the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller # TK90160
  • If you click on the link that I have provided for the installation instructions, you can see the troubleshooting chart just below the installation details. The SH code that you see on your Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ brake controller indicates there is a short somewhere on the brake output circuit when idle, or when the brake pedal is not being pressed. Tekonsha states that this issue can sometimes be caused by some test lights if you are using test lights. To troubleshoot this issue, start...
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  • Can Brake Controller Cause ABS and Brake Warning Lights of Tow Vehicle to Come On
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha, who tells me that if the brake controller has been properly installed, the brake controller will have nothing whatsoever to do with the ABS system of your vehicle. If the controller was hardwired into the tow vehicle (as opposed to using a plug-in connector) there's a very slight chance that if the red wire from the brake controller could've been tapped into the wrong circuit. The red wire should be tapped into the circuit coming off the brake stoplight...
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  • Troubleshooting Weak Trailer Brakes That Won't Lock Up with Override Lever of Controller Slid
  • This could be a magnet wiring problem. It is unlikely that the magnets are bad on newer assemblies, but if the wiring is not properly connected, it could cause problems. Check to see that the magnets are properly grounded to a clean, bare metal surface free of corrosion. A bad ground would not allow the circuit to be complete and lead to the brakes not performing like they should. I also recommend checking the trailer side connector ground and the vehicle side connector ground. Another...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Connector on 2005 Ford F150
  • The connector for installing your brake controller is located under the dash. Directly under the steering column, you will see the diagnostic port. The port for the controller is located above and behind, as you can see in the photo I've provided. To wire the controller, you'll need the brake controller wiring adapter, part # 3035-P. Simply plug one end of the controller into the rear of the Primus brake controller, and the other end into the connector under the dash. For more information,...
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  • Primus IQ Brake Controller Wiring Functions
  • The Primus IQ # TK90160 doesn't have instructions that come with a wiring diagram, but we have a picture/diagram on our site that shows which wires are connected to which functions on your vehicle. I attached the diagram for you to view, the wires will be connected as follows: White - Ground Black - 12V Power Blue - To 7-Way at rear of vehicle Red - Cold side of stop light switch If you are needing a new pigtail for your Primus IQ it is part # 7894. This same harness will work...
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  • How to Install a Brake Controller in a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500
  • For your 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 no brake controller plug/port is present under the dash, but the needed wires are already run. You will connect the brake controller wiring with the vehicle wiring already present under the dash. If you check out the install video and help article I attached you will see exactly how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ part # TK90160 in a truck like yours.
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2011 Toyota Tundra
  • If your 2011 Tundra has the factory tow package, which includes the factory installed 7-way trailer connector on the rear bumper, it will be equipped with the tow package plug under the dash, as shown in the photo I've edited for you. Some models with the factory 4-pole (or 4-pin) trailer connector will also have the plug under the dash, you'll need to look for a white plug located above and to the left of the emergency brake pedal, above the toe kick. Occasionally, the plug will be located...
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  • Best Brake Controllers for a 2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD with Tow Package
  • There are a lot of brake controllers out there but no worries; I will recommend some that are going to work the best for your towing needs and 2018 Toyota Tacoma. Since you have not used a brake controller before I recommend something that is easy to use and understand. For that the best option is the P3 # 90195. This controller has a display that actually tells you in words if there is a fault of some kind. Other controllers have codes you have to look up. The P3 also allows you to...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Wiring Connector on 2015 Ram 1500
  • The correct brake controller wiring harness for the 2015 Ram 1500 is part # 3024-P. The connector that the harness will plug into is to the right of the steering column, above where the driver's right knee would be. You can see what the connector looks like by looking at the photo I've provided. You didn't mention what brand and model brake controller you have, but I wanted to let you know that most time delayed brake controllers don't work with the 2013-present Ram trucks due to the...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Connector 2016 Ford F53 Motorhome Chassis
  • The brake controller connector is located on the left side of the steering column support, as shown in the provided photo. You'll need the # 3034-P brake controller wiring harness.
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller on a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Your 2008 Chevy Silverado will have the wiring for a brake controller located under the dash, below the steering column and to the left of the brake pedal. The wires are held together by a white tag that may also list the functions of the wires. If not, you can follow the color/function code below. Brake Controller White to Truck White (ground) Brake Controller Red to Truck Light Blue (stop light) Brake Controller Blue to Truck Dark Blue (electric brake output) Brake Controller Black...
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  • Older Generation Primus Cequent Brake Controller User Manual
  • I was able to find the older style Primus Brake Controller part number 39515 installation instructions and I attached the picture to the right for you to check out. The flipper switch on the side of the controller does control the aggressiveness of the brake application. With the lever flipped back away from the front of the controller the braking will be delayed, straight down will be normal, and towards the front is aggressive.
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller That Shows Connected But Doesnt Work
  • Testing the brake controller is fairly easy. Sever the blue brake output wire near the brake controller leaving enough room to reconnect it and then apply the manual slide. Using a circuit tester like part # PTW2993, you should get output to the controller side of the wire you severed. If the manual slide activates the trailer brake output wire properly, try the brake pedal. If the brake pedal activates the brake output properly also then the problem is farther back either in the vehicle...
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  • Trailer Brakes are Locking Up Causing Trailer Tires to Skid
  • Assuming that your trailer brakes are properly adjusted, it sounds like you just need to make some small adjustments to the settings on your Draw-Tite Activator. Ideally, you want the brake controller adjusted so it'll deliver enough power for effective braking, but not so much that wheels lock up and the trailer skids. You'll want to be sure the trailer is loaded as it usually is. In an open area, such as a large parking lot, drive forward and apply the trailer brakes using the Manual...
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  • Location of Brake Controller Installation Connector on 1995 Dodge Ram
  • I am assuming that you are speaking of the installation connector for a brake controller. It is located on top of the white box on the firewall behind the emergency brake pedal. To install your brake controller, you will also need a Wiring Adapter, part # 3020-P. If your truck isn't equipped with the factory 7-way trailer connector, the plug might not be present. If the connector is not there, you'll need to hardwire the controller using our brake controller installation kit, part...
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