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Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional

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Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 9 sensitivity settings, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics. Lowest Prices for the best trailer brake controller from Curt. Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional part number C51140 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Curt Trailer Brake Controller

  • Curt
  • Electric
  • Electric over Hydraulic
  • Proportional Controller
  • Under-Dash Box
  • Up to 4 Axles
  • Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • 90 Degrees

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 9 sensitivity settings, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics.


  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle'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 within 90 degrees up or down and within ±20 degrees side to side
  • 9 Sensitivity settings (boost settings) let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Triple-axis accelerometer is highly responsive, ensuring smooth, uniform stopping action
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle, the trailer, and the controller
    • Minimizes drain on car battery by entering power conservation mode after 30 minutes of inactivity
    • Keeps trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
    • Defends brake controller and trailer breakaway systems against shorts
    • Prevents positive and negative power reversal with built-in polarity protection
  • Surface-mount technology (SMT) allows for consistent, reliable performance
    • Maximizes power output while producing minimal heat
    • Ensures superior operation in rough road conditions
  • Digital display communicates power and sensitivity settings and error codes
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Mounting bracket and hardware included
    • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


  • Application: trailers with up to 4 axles (8 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes
  • Dimensions: 3-1/4" wide x 4" long x 7/8" tall
  • Mounting:
    • 90-Degree vertical plane operating range
    • 40-Degree horizontal plane operating range
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Note: If your vehicle's 7-Way trailer connector has LED test lights built into it, the TriFlex brake controller will not be compatible.

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 sensitivity setting, and you're good to go.

As long as the TriFlex controller is properly mounted as indicated in the instructions, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This triple-axis, 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.

Built-In Controls for Adjustable Power

Curt TriFlex Controls and Components

The above diagram shows the controls and components of the Curt TriFlex trailer brake controller.

  1. Digital display
  2. Thumbwheel power output control
  3. Sensitivity adjustment switch
  4. Slide-bar manual override

Output Control

During the initial setup process, use the thumbwheel on top of the TriFlex to adjust the output. The output control lets you set the maximum amount of power that will be applied to your trailer's brakes. Typically, the output is only readjusted when you experience changing road conditions or if you switch over from a heavy, loaded trailer to a much lighter, empty trailer, or vice versa. To get more power to your brakes, rotate the switch to the right. To decrease the power output, move it to the left. The output setting will appear on the digital display when you press the brake pedal or activate the manual override.

Sensitivity Settings

Once you have the overall power set, you can fine-tune the power output by adjusting the sensitivity of the internal sensor. Use the switch on the side of the TriFlex to achieve your desired degree of intensity.

Move the switch toward you to boost the power output, causing your trailer brakes to activate with more intensity right off the bat. This means that they will also reach maximum braking faster simply because they will start out at that higher intensity. 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 vehicle. 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.

There are 9 sensitivity levels (boost levels), with 1 being the least sensitive. At level 9, the sensitivity of the internal sensor is as high as it can go. When you change the setting, the display on the TriFlex will flash the level before reverting back to showing the power output.

Safety Features

The TriFlex offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. When the TriFlex is not in use, it will be in power-saving mode, reducing the power draw to minimize drain on your vehicle's battery. This power-conservation mode begins after 30 minutes of inactivity and ends the moment your vehicle's brake pedal is pressed.

When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for a prolonged period of time, the TriFlex will reduce the power output to your trailer's brakes, preventing them from overheating.

If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle, the manual override lever is easily accessible. Pushing this slide engages the brakes on your trailer with either full power or the maximum power allowed by the output level, depending on which setting you select. 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.

Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the TriFlex 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 within 90 degrees, and the controller will level itself automatically. Make sure that the controller is also positioned so that the side-to-side angle is within ±20 degrees.

Installation is a snap. After mounting the TriFlex unit in your cab using the included bracket, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your vehicle. The other end plugs into the brake controller. To transfer the TriFlex to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and remove the screws that hold it place in the bracket. Curt offers a spare mounting bracket (C51144 - sold separately) that can be used to affix the TriFlex in your other automobile.

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 vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.

Note: If a custom brake control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, 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 vehicle.

Surface-Mount Technology

Curt's TriFlex brake controller is built using surface-mount technology (SMT). This method of construction involves soldering electronic components directly to the surface of a printed circuit board. SMT eliminates the need for leads, which are used in older through-hole technology. The result is a circuit board that is smaller yet provides more routing area and that offers superior performance, reliability, and durability.

Curt SMT Circuit Boards

Circuit boards constructed using SMT have been shown to perform better under rough conditions with excessive vibration than those made using the through-hole method. And where would vibration be more likely to occur than in towing applications? SMT circuit boards also produce less heat, leading to increased durability and longer life. In addition, lower levels of resistance ensure better performance, especially for parts that operate at higher frequencies.

Each Curt circuit board is made using high-quality components that are pieced together in the most technologically savvy fashion, leading to greater predictability and reliability in functioning.

51140 Curt Tri-Flex Proportional Trailer Brake Control

Item # C51140

Installation Details C51140 Installation instructions

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Customer Reviews

Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional - C51140

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (385 Customer Reviews)

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range and a 40-degree horizontal range. Includes digital display, 9 sensitivity settings, reverse-polarity protection, and continuous diagnostics.

- C51140

Fairly easy to install and set up. I set it up in a 2013 DODGE Durango and pull a 5200# camper with electric brakes. Stopping is very smooth and controlled.

Still like it
Bill A - 04/07/2021

- C51140

Easy to set up and operate. The controls are less than intuitive. There’s a sensitivity dial and a force level slider that seem to affect the application of the brakes. It’s not exactly clear which one is more important or has the most impact. The unit works well at highway speed but at low speed operations seems to apply the brakes aggressively to the trailer. This is my first experience with a brake controller so can’t compare with other units. It does make parking lot operations somewhat clumsy. It definitely gets the job done though.

Poorly. The tekonsha prodigy is so much better than this unit.
Jason J - 06/25/2020

- C51140

Watched one of your installation videos. With the factory wiring harness adapter, that came with the Curt Tri Flex controller, installation was a breeze. It took longer to decide where to mount the controller, than it did to make the electrical connections. Used it with my tent trailer on a 2 day trip, worked perfectly. Very pleased with performance and price. See attached photo of finished installation.

- C51140

The Curt Trifles brake controller installed very easily. The only problem I had was finding the trailer brake controller connection under the dashboard of my 2009 Ford F-100. I had to get help finding it and pulling it down within reach. Once installed it adjusted just like the instructIons said. I've been towing a 31' travel trailer and a 16' cargo trailer without further adjustment of the controller.

- C51140

Great controller! Easy to adjust even on the fly. I had the controller adjusted a little aggressive and as I was trying to get out of Buffalo to go south for the winter we ran into some snow accumulation and was able to quickly dial back the controller to avoid locking up on thick snow covered roads. Literally a potential disaster! Very happy with the controller

- C51140

Pretty easy to install after watching the how-to videos. Plus, our Grand Cherokee came pre-wired for towing from Jeep, so it was even easier. Jeep issue (no fault of etrailer): I did have to go to the dealer to pay them to "enable" the manufacturer installed tow wiring. Annoying that it doesn't work by default.

- C51140

Produce arrived the next day and was installed that day. Great customer service. Highly recommend! Purchased trailer controller for a rv camping trip.

- C51140

I bought a 7 pin trailer wiring/brake connection for my Dodge pickup. I installed it myself, the instructions were absolutely clear and correct. It was an easy installation. In the year since, I've pulled my trailer (tandem axle, 16') many times. The brakes continue to work perfectly as well as the lights. The connectors are solid, all work just like new. I recommend Etrailer parts and their people 100%!

Still using the products no problems, everything’s works great.
Howard S - 04/06/2018

- C51140

Worked as desribed,I had no problem installing after watching video.After taking fuse box cover off my wires were hooked up already,no work to do there.For me a straight up easy install that seems to work great.Drove 130 miles after install ,no issues.

- C51140

The brake controller and wiring harness for my Tundra was shipped faster than I expected and everything arrived in great condition and the wiring harness that I also ordered was a perfect match to an existing plug within the truck, the installation may have taken 10 minutes. Quick and easy.

- C51140

The unit looks very good. I'm putting it on my 2019 Silverado to pull a travel trailer. The truck is prewired and this unit just plugs in. I recommend this controller.

Great. I still recommend it. It work fine.
Carl - 08/16/2020

- C51140

I'm really satisfied with this brake trailer controler works perfect also has good value.

- C51140

I connected the Curt Brake controller into my 2007 Toyota 4runner. It took 5 minutes to hook up using the curt wiring adapter for my vehicle. I pulled a 16' aluminum stock trailer with one horse in it. There were no problems with braking and the braking action was very smooth on the trailer. I also have a weight distribution on the trailer which helps with using the Toyota in an "emergency" tow. The horse had an easy 3 hour tow with smooth braking and no swaying. Thanks etrailer for all the tools that make farm life easier.

- C51140

this product nearly killed me. in February of 2020 I was towing from Philadelphia area to Miami. Getting off the ramp of 95 at S.O.B. I depressed the slidding button for added braking and I heard a tiny snap and the button stuck in. we skidded to a stop and put flat spots on out tires. turns out the return spring inside snapped off its tiny plastic tab and the brakes locked on. cheap [foreign] crap strikes again. when will we pleas make this stuff in amarica again ??

- C51140

Installation was easy with Adapter cable and Controller which I installed on top of dash board cover and required only one hole to be drilled. Installation location allows for easy access to adjust settings, apply the trailer brakes alone and see the display. Tough part was locating the 2010 Ford F53, Wennibago, Vista, OEM connector which was out of sight. Remove the dash board cover, which was easy, then look for the big harness (see pictures) and the smaller cable which splits away from it. None of the literature explained that the connector is gray for six pins although only for pins are in the connector. Once found, just plug things together and it all works.

- C51140

Overall a good choice and has worked well for our application: - Installed on 2019 Honda Pilot using the prewire from factory - Setting of delay and breaking density to trailer is easy - Nice digital readout - Randomly the controller will require the trailer to be disconnected and reconnected to reset the circuit. This only happens when you first connect the trailer and it doesn't get fully recognized by the controller. All you have to do is disconnect the electrical with the car on and reconnect and it resets and then works perfectly.

- C51140

Etrailer has the best customer service I have experienced in quite some time. Friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff, fast order processing and quick delivery.

- C51140

2003 Ranger XLT Installation was fun! I tend to ignore instructions especially when those instructions mount the device where my knee is constantly banging into that device. See the photo. Would loved to have a longer extension cable to reach into engine compartment. If you are not mechanically and electrically gifted, have somebody that is do the installation. Had the device not initialize once at the beginning of a trip. After thirty minutes of trouble tracing, decided nothing was wrong, unplugged the cable for a few minutes then reconnected and initialization completed correctly and I had brakes. Now I unplug the device whenever I'm not towing.

- C51140

Fortunately my F150 had the trailer package so the pigtail plugged right in. Only snag was I had to fabricate a piece to attach to the instrument panel (lower right) to get the correct angle they specify. That took some work. But it all came together nicely. See attached picture. The brake control works great. Good price.

- C51140

Delivered when promised. Truck specific installation per web page were spot on. Video instructions on web page were also accurate. Plug and play. Super easy!

- C51140

Great price installation very easy great idea on the bracket with the little ears ,so you mount tight to the console, all the plug in work like a factory installation great job

It’s works great plug right into factory wiring harness easy dyi installation great product
David R - 10/03/2020

- C51140

Awesome 1st experience with etrailer.com products came right on time

- C51140

Spoke with etrailer on the phone, they helped me get the right hitch for my car. The hitch was good quality, and their install video really helped. They shipped promptly and everything arrived in just a few days. Great experience.

- C51140

Item is smaller and lighter than expected. Easily mounted using existing dash screw. Pigtail wire kit that was also ordered here made installation a snap. I like the display and the ability to manually apply trailer brakes and increase braking force on the fly. Less than a 5 minutes install. Installed only, haven’t used it yet. Will have to update later. Rig is 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 CTD.

- C51140

I installed the trailer brake controller on our Nissan Pathfinder and it worked as advertised. The hardest part of the installation was finding the factory-installed connector cable under the dash. Help videos and pictures were invaluable. The setup procedure on the quick reference guide worked perfectly. Never having installed a brake controller, I was a little leery of my ability to install it successfully, but the helpful instructions and videos made it easy.

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    The correct brake controller adapter plug you are looking for is blue however, it will only have four pins as you mentioned which means the one you have located in not correct. The correct plug you will be looking for and can find in the attached photo is located to the left of the intermediate shaft on the steering column. This plug can also be seen in the attached video. The correct adapter for you if you have a Curt brake controller like the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller part...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on my 2017 Audi Q7
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  • Can Curt TriFlex be Used With 2019 Toyota Highlander
    So long as your 2019 Toyota Highlander does not have the factory tow package, you can use the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller # C51140 you referenced. To use it you will need the Wiring Adapter # C51515, T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with 4-Pole Flat Trailer Connector # 118449 and Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7. If your '19 Highlander has the factory tow package I strongly recommend the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 because it...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Triflex Brake Controller that Won't Power On Installed on 2018 Ford F-150
    The install harness part # C51436 is the correct harness to install the Curt Triflex part # C51140 in your 2018 Ford F-150. What I would do is verify the controller wiring has power on the black wire as this is the power circuit for it. You'd want to use a circuit tester like part # PTW2993 for this. If there is no power there then check under the hood for a blown fuse for the brake controller power circuit. If there is power there then you most likely have a bad brake controller as with...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Triflex # C51140 Issues After Unit Overheating
    First, check the display on your Curt Triflex # C51140 for any error codes that come up with applying the brakes with your trailer connected. If you get an error code, you can reference the user guide to find a potential solution. If you don't have any error codes showing on the display to help you diagnose the issue, I would start by checking the wiring on your vehicle and on your trailer, particularly the blue brake output wire. Check the wires for any signs of damage such as exposed...
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  • How To Install Curt Brake Controller On 2018 Jeep Cherokee with Tow Package
    The Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller part # C51140 with Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers part # C51459 is an excellent option for a 2018 Jeep Cherokee with tow package. The brake controller will mount on the dash within reach and then the custom adapter will plug into the rear of the controller and then the tow package port on the vehicle which is located underneath the dash, just to the left of the steering wheel, taped to another harness near the emergency...
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  • Recommended Out of the Way Brake Controller for 2009 Ford F-150 With Factory 7-Way
    The Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller # C51140 with Wiring Adapter # C51436 is a very good option for your 2009 Ford F-150, though to mount it you will need to use the included mounting bracket and screw it in under the dash. If you (understandably) don't want a brake controller unit in the cab of your F-150, you do have a great option I recommend checking out, the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180. The Echo is the best option because it will simply plug into...
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  • Curt Brake Controller Adapter For 2019 Ford Expedition
    I am happy to help you install the Curt Triflex part # C51140 in your 2019 Ford Expedition with a factory 7-way. I recommend to use Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers part # C51436 to install the brake controller. It will plug into a built-in port under the dash of the Ford and the other end plugs into the brake controller to power the brake output circuit on the 7-way to tow a trailer with brakes.
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    The Curt Triflex part # C51140 does not come with a custom fit harness for your 2018 Dodge Durango so you'd need to order that separately with part # C51446 and you'd be set.
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  • How To Use Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller On a 2018 Ram 1500
    The Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller part # C51140 is an excellent option for a 2018 Ram 1500. That said, you'd also need the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers part # C51458 for plug-in-play installation. In regards to the factory brake controller, these aftermarket options are much more reliable and offer better performance. There is really no comparison and many swap out the factory brake controller for an aftermarket brake controller.
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  • Harness Needed To Install Curt TriFlex Brake Controller On 2021 Ram 1500
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    In order to install a Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller part # C51140 on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 you'll need the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers part # C51451. It will indeed plug into a port under the dash making for a no-splice install.
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Brake Controller Triflex that Shows Flashing 0.0 on Display without Trailer
    The Curt brake controllers are notorious for needing to be reset frequently to get rid of bugs like you described. Try unplugging the harness from the back of the controller and then plugging it back in to see if that takes care of the issue. I'd recommend going to a more reliable controller though like the iCommand part # 5535 as this is a very solid option.
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  • Installing the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller on a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado
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    The Triflex # C51140 sometimes does need to be reset occasionally. Try unplugging it and plugging it back in after a few seconds and it should work again. Otherwise you have a short between the black wire and the red wire and your controller therefore is thinking you have the brakes all the time. If you can check the connections between the two circuits there might be exposed wire between the two and that's why you are seeing the issue. I also attached a help article on troubleshooting...
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    Yes, the output settings on the Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller part # C51140 will flash when the brake pedal is pressed or the manual control is actuated without a trailer attached. This is further explained on page 5 of the owner's manual which I have attached a copy of for you.
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Triflex Brake Controller that Is Flashing Numbers Randomly without Trailer
    Sounds like you have a bit of corrosion on the brake output pin of the 7-way you have on your tow vehicle. Try cleaning the pin in the 5:00 position and should see that issue go away. When a trailer senses an amperage draw (which corrosion will provide) it will think a trailer is connected and show an output setting. Also the TriFlex is known to be a bit buggy so you might also try a hard reset by unplugging it and plugging back in. I attached a link to the install instructions/manual...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2003 Ford Ranger
    Does your 2003 Ford Ranger already have a 7-Way trailer connector? If not then to install a brake controller you will need to also install # ETBC7. If you do already have a 7-Way connector you will just need # 5506. For a brake controller I recommend the Draw-Tite I-Command # 5535. This is a "nothing fancy" proportional brake controller that will be great for your application. Proportional controllers like this will apply the trailer brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt TriFlex Brake Controller Not Showing Activation
    On your Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller # C51140, the decimal point as you put it is standby mode with no trailer connected. The blank screen is also standby mode and that screen is what is seen when simply starting the vehicle, but that screen should illuminate when you press the manual override or show the decimal point when you hit the brake pedal only while moving since it is a proportional controller. If it does not operate under those criteria, then you will need to have the...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Wiring For 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
    There is no brake controller harness on your 2017 Santa Fe so it will require some hardwiring. First, you will need part # ETBC7. This plugs into the 4-way connector on your Santa Fe. You will then need to run the additional wires to complete the installation of the brake controller. I have attached a drawing that shows how the wiring is run for the # ETBC7 and the brake controller. The Curt TriFlex Brake Controller, part # C51140 is a proportional controller that will apply the...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Triflex Brake Controller With Dashes Displaying
    What is happening with your Curt TriFlex Trailer Brake Controller # C51140 is that you have a poor ground connection most likely. I took a look at the manual for this controller and with your display showing two dashes the issue was either a battery that was not providing enough power - which we know based on the 12 volts you were getting not to be the case - or you had a poor ground, which is the leading cause of all wiring problems. So you need to double and triple check you have a good...
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