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Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights

Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights

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Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working. Lowest Prices for the best wiring from Tekonsha. Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights part number 6562 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working.


Features:

  • 7-Way tester checks your brake controller's connection to your tow vehicle's 7-way connector
    • Simulates electric trailer brakes to confirm connectivity without hooking up your trailer
    • Also checks the functions of your 7-way connection
  • Built-in, red LED lights offer easy troubleshooting
    • LEDs illuminate to confirm each function is working
  • Compatible with Tekonsha and Draw-Tite aftermarket brake controllers
    • Also works with 2013 and older Ford OEM brake controllers
    • Compatible with some brake controllers from other manufacturers


Specs:

  • Function codes
    • LT: left turn
    • TL: tail lights
    • RT: right turn
    • 12V: 12-volt power feed
    • BK: brake controller output
    • BU: back-up/reverse
  • Limited 1-year warranty


6562 Tekonsha 7-Pole, Blade-Style Trailer Emulator for Brake Controllers




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Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers - LED Test Lights - 6562

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (70 Customer Reviews)

Use this tester to check the connection between your tow vehicle's 7-pole, blade-style connector and your brake controller. Tester emulates trailer to confirm connectivity. LED lights illuminate to show each function is working.

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great little tester, I bought it to fix the messed up wiring job that the "mechanics" at "best Rv" in Turlock , Ca. did to my truck and brand new Rv, then said good to go and sent me on my way. coming over the grapevine south on I5 I noticed my brakes were coming on with my lights( turn signal and 4-way). totally messed up my truck. after purchasing this little tester I was able to repair their screw-up in no time. once I had the truck fixed I plugged in the trailer to the truck and repaired that mess. great little tool. I have used it a couple times helping out some other RVers also. works great every time. the only thing to be sure of is make sure you plug it in all the way (look for the power light.). 258445


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gregg - 06/06/2017

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Did exactly what it's suppose I tried a cheaper version of the "TowReady" and it will not test the brake controller. The Tekonsha "Emulator" will along with every other function on a 7-pin connector. With the 6562 installed, you can drive and watch the brake controller working. I dont know why Tekonsha didnt put a "lock" on the device to make sure it stays in for test-driving the vehicle with it installed. A minor issue. I highly recommend the 6562 for the ultimate in 7-pin testing with a brake controller installed. 2878



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Works as advertised, though not able to completely emulate a trailer for my 2015 Ford F-150 - the instructions have a clearly worded warning that this might occur. The labels on the LEDs are tiny black letters on a black body - kind of hard to see with so little contrast. Also, be mindful of the position of the LEDs and whether the lights will face up or down when plugged in to the tow vehicle. In my case, the lights are facing the ground, making it a bit more difficult to diagnose. That's a factor of how the factory installed the outlet in my truck and how Tekonsha built the Emulator. Perhaps there's a different 7-way emulator that would have had the lights on top when installed in my particular truck, but it's not a problem and the product works just fine. There's no changing anything - I just have to bend down to look upwards at the LEDs. All that said, it does what it needs to do and it's great to be able to check for proper operations before hooking up the trailer - and especially handy if there's a problem and a need for some troubleshooting. 426193



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Exactly as advertised. East to install - plug and play. Allison is always helpful. etrailer is my go to. 828037



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Never any problems with etrailer Reasonable prices large inventory. I don't bother to look at other retailers. 651064



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No issues. Working perfectly 625381



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Excellent product 615912



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This product is THE tool to use for this type of trailer wiring diagnosis. Got the job done quickly and accurately. I used this to demonstrate diagnostics to my students. They know how to use this powerful tool as well. Thanks. 609362



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awesome product thanks. 605136



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Best price I found on-line. Product arrived on time and new as described. I would order from them again. 599299



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Arrived on time in excellent condition and was as described. I used it to test my new installation of in bed RV Plug. Worked as described. 597194



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Disappointed that it does not check 12 volt for trailer battery without trailer connected. The whole reason to own this is to check all functions without trailer connected. 595306


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The reason that the emulator doesnt read the 12-V output circuit is because the 2017 F-Series trucks are equipped with a smart trailer connector. The connector must sense the electrical load of a trailer before it activates.
-- Mike L - 01/07/2019

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Works great 589528



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Device worked as advertised. I can test my trailer brake connection without having to connect the trailer (a 32 foot camper) itself. It helped me isolate an issue with the brake voltage regulator inside the truck and not the trailer itself. Well worth the money 570590



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My trailer hitch caused the lights on the tester to be facing down when plugged in. This is really not an issue as the lights are bright. I use it to test my installation, worked great. 570497



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Helpful in finding the issue I had. 563183



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Great product. Works as specified. But just proved I have an issue with my towing vehicle not the trailer!! 562982



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Good diagnostic tool, good value from e trailer.com 561828


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Working great a year later good product
Roger C - 09/05/2019

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This worked as advertised. I have an Audi Q7 and wanted to check out the circuitry and pairing of my RF Tekonsha brake controller. The simulated load worked well, and the circuit checks (LED lighting) was good. Recommended. 559949



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Excellent Product, worked as advertised, My 11 year old son was able to run all the test on his own, of course Dad doubled checked. 518735



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Easy to check brakes and lights before you take off! 484027



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Looks good but I have not tried it yet 457103



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Thanks 455048



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Great device. It made installing the 7 way plug much easier, particularly since this plug was being installed on an older vehicle that was not prewired. I could easily verify that each connection was made, without having to use my multi-meter and probes each time. 447025


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    According to to my buddy at Tekonsha, the 7-way Trailer Emulator is compatible with the OEM brake controller used on Ford trucks, but NOT on Dodge or GM trucks. The LEDs indicate the following: LT-Left Turn/Brake Lamp TL-Tailllights RT-Right Turn/Brake Lamp 12V-12-V Accessory Power from Battery BK-Brake Output Voltage from Brake Controlller BU-Back-Up Lamps. The Emulator will work great with any vehicle equipped with many different aftermarket brake controllers.
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    You can test the brake circuit output at your truck's trailer socket by using your volt meter on the appropriate pin while you have a helper press the manual override. Press the controller's manual override with the power/boost settings at maximum. You should detect close to 12 volts on the truck's brake circuit. If you don't check the vehicle wiring for wear spots or cracks in the insulation that could be causing a short. You can also test the trailer brakes directly by bypassing the...
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  • BK Light on Tekonsha # 6562 Trailer Emulator Flashes When Plugged Into 7-way of 2008 Toyota 4Runner
    To check the lighting functions of your trailer connector using the Tekonsha # 6562 Trailer Emulator, plug the unit into the 7-way and activate the lighting functions (right turn, left turn, brake lamp and running lights) one by one. As each function is activated, the corresponding LED on the tester should light. As for the BK lamp, I'm assuming you have a brake controller installed. Modern brake controllers send a pulse back to the trailer connector to determine if the trailer is plugged...
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    When looking to check an integrated brake control system for correct operation, I recommend using a Tekonsha 7-Way Trailer Emulator Blade Style Connector, # 6562. This tool has simple function codes to let you know what is working or not working in your system. I've attached some videos of this tool for you.
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    I would first check all the grounds of the trailer and make sure they are making solid corrosion-free connections. The next thing to check would be the magnets in the brake assemblies. When these wear out can get poor brake performance. If the magnets show abnormal wear or if you can see the windings beginning to show through the friction surface of the magnet then they will need to be replaced. I attached an FAQ on troubleshooting brake magnets for you to check out. Another possible...
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    I spoke with the electrical engineer at Tekonsha to find out if the Tekonsha 7-Way Trailer Emulator Blade Style Connector, item # 6562, will properly test the brake controller output from your Ford factory integrated brake controller. My concern was that this brake controller has a pressure switch that is activated by the master cylinder and that it may interfere somehow with the testers ability to properly read the output from the brake controller. I was informed that the tester will...
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  • Will the Tekonsha 7-Way, RV-Style Tester for Brake Controllers Work On a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500
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    If your trailer emulator is reading that the controller is working with the brake pedal and the override lever it sounds like everything is fine. Normally an emulator would trick the controller into showing a trailer connection but yours may not be able to put enough of an amperage draw on the controller for it to read the connection. If the controller is working like you described you would be good though.
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