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  • Parts Needed to Install Curt Brake Controller on 2001 Dodge Dakota without Tow Package
  • We do have everything you need to install your Curt Venturer Brake Controller # C51110 to your 2001 Dodge Dakota without the factory tow package. If you don't yet have a trailer connector at the rear of the truck, you will need to start with a 4-Way connector. For this I recommend the Hopkins Plug-In Simple Wiring Harness # HM42115. This custom harness is confirmed to fit your Dakota and will install by plugging directly into factory ports behind the rear bumper. I have attached the...
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  • Hopkins Brake Controller # HM47294 Operation and Manual Override
  • The Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller # HM47294 will be used every time you hit your brake pedal when a trailer is connected. The manual override (red button) only will be used for emergency braking. The controller has an internal sensor to ensure when installed correctly the trailer brakes will apply the same pressure at the same as you hit the brake pedal in your tow vehicle. You will not use the manual override on curves or at stop signs. The controller will proportionately...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450
  • The Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 is compatible with your 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL450, however it is not the best brake controller and there is not a custom wiring harness available for your vehicle. If you want a better brake controller, the Prodigy P3 # 90195 is a better option. It has preset boost options as well as an LCD screen to make diagnostics and function easy to understand. For your wiring, the Universal Brake Controller Install Kit # ETBC7 is what...
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  • Why are Millimeters Used in Redarc Tow-Pro Brake Controller Instructions?
  • I was unable to locate any mention of a drill size or drill bit in the instructions for the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 though they do refer to measurements in millimeters. Redarc is an Australian company which may be why millimeters are given instead of inches; for reference, 1 inch = 25.4 millimeters.
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  • Pilot 2-6 Brake Brake Controller Flashing
  • The most likely reason why your Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller # 80550 is flashing when the trailer is not hooked up is a poor connection on the ground wire, which can cause all sorts of funky issues. Also check your wires to be sure none are crimped, frayed or otherwise damaged. Since your trailer is not hooked up there is no reason to think it is anything other than the truck-side wiring.
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  • Troubleshooting and Testing 2015 Ram 3500 Factory Integrated Brake Controller
  • The stock brake controller on your 2015 Ram 3500 is not giving you the proper voltage for safe braking. When you test the 7-way at the 5 o'clock pin when engaging your manual override, you should be getting 12 volts. If you are testing without the manual override you aren't getting a correct reading as the brake controller is proportional and not needing to send more power because you aren't moving. If you are hitting the manual override, use a tester like # ALL648349 to test without...
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  • Setting Brake Power on Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller For First Time
  • When initially setting the power on your Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 you will follow the process you stated. I've attached these instructions to further assist. You will get up to 25 mph and release the gas pedal and then fully engage the manual override only without hitting the brake pedal. You don't want the trailer wheels to lock up, but you do want them to apply significant braking force just shy of locking the tires. You may need to repeat the process a few times...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller on 2008 Toyota Tundra
  • It sounds like you have the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160 along with the custom wiring harness # 3040-P on your 2008 Toyota Tundra. If this is the case, then I recommend using a circuit tester like # 3808 to test the wires in this installation. First, I recommend testing your wires directly behind your brake controller in the wiring harness. You can either probe the wire insulation or put the point in the plastic harness far enough to read connection. Make sure...
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  • What Causes PL and .c. Error Code on Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller
  • The code ".c." indicates that the boost feature is engaged or the trailer is connected. The best route to fix this issue is to trace the tow package wiring from the 7-way as far foward as possible, looking for any damaged sections. I would also make sure the brake controller wiring is properly connected under the dash. The code "PL" indicates power interruption while brake pedal is pressed according to the instruction manual for the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller # 90885...
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  • Ground Wire Attachment Location When Wiring the Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller
  • I attached a video where we installed a Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 using the Wiring Adapter # 3040-P in a Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma in the video is three years older than yours but has a similar set-up to yours. We attached the ground to sheet metal of the vehicle. If you will fast forward to the 0:58 mark of the video, you will see exactly where we placed the white ground wire.
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  • Prodigy P2 Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for 2004 Toyota Tundra
  • The P2 Prodigy Brake Controller part # 90885 is a great choice for a brake controller for your 2004 Toyota Tundra. All you need to install it is the part # 3040-P which plugs into the port under the dash of your vehicle. I attached a picture of where you'll find the port as well as an install video for you to check out. The port is actually near the emergency brake pedal.
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  • Wire Recommendation to Complete Brake Controller Wiring on Truck Where it's Not Ran
  • I'd just run a length of 10 gauge wire like part # 10-1-1 from the 7-way wiring for the brake output circuit (5:00 pin) to the blue wire of the brake controller wiring to bypass the factory wiring of the truck. It can be difficult tracing factory wiring so running a dedicated wire will make this easier.
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Makes Whining Sound
  • That's not normal behavior for a brake controller, but I can't say I am not surprised that it's a Curt controller having this issue as they are somewhat notorious for internal issues. It's probably a good time to start thinking about a new controller as it sounds like yours is about to fail. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how easy it is to setup. This is...
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  • Why Would Trailer Brakes Feel Very Weak at First
  • New trailers notoriously don't have the brake assemblies adjusted properly which is why they'll feel like they have weak brakes at first. Most brake assemblies are self-adjusting which means that after enough brake applications they'll be tight enough to work properly. What we normally tell people is to go out in an empty parking lot or street and at a low speed apply the brakes several times with the manual overrride lever. The brakes will get tighter with every application until they...
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  • Can the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller # C51110 be Hardwired for Installation
  • You definitely can hardwire in the Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller # C51110. Simply connect the following wires from the Venturer to the corresponding functions on your tow vehicle: Blue - 7-Way Output to Trailer Black - 12V Power White - Ground Red - COLD Side of Stop Light Switch (only gets hot when brake pedal is pressed) The stop light switch wire can typically be found under your dash above and behind your brake pedal. This is a more cost-effective solution, but if...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Pairing Troubleshooting
  • The Prodigy RF # 90250 is a great wireless brake controller but if the pairing instructions are not followed exactly, the unit will not pair as you are experiencing. The biggest mistake folks typically make is to begin the process with the trailer plugged into the RF unit. Here is a run-down of the pairing procedure: Connect the RF unit to the tow vehicle, but do not plug the trailer into the RF unit and start the vehicle. Then, plug the hand held remote into the 12 volt power port....
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  • Recommended Wiring Harness for a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder and Prodigy P3 Brake Controller
  • On your 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, there are not wires pre-run for you to utilize for a brake controller. There is not a custom wiring harness for the 2001 Pathfinder available as none of the models in that year came with a factory tow package wiring. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 is a great option for your brake controller. You will need to use the Universal Brake Controller Wiring Kit # ETBC7 to connect your 4-way harness # C55361 to your P3 brake controller. This kit will work...
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  • Wiring Installation for Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on 2017 Chevy Silverado
  • If you are using the blunt cut wires on the harness that comes with the P3 # 90195 then you will want to use a 30 amp circuit breaker # PK54230 for the black hot lead coming from your battery to your brake controller. You can use # 12-1-1 wire sold by the foot for that connection. If you will be hardwiring this controller to a 7-way, I recommend kit # 5506. Because you stated you have a 2017 Silverado, I recommend instead using the custom wiring harness # 3016 which will be a plug...
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  • Troubleshooting Brakes on Trailer that Lock up When Trailer Connector is Plugged In
  • Sounds like you have a short between the 12 volt power accessory circuit and the brake output circuit on either the trailer or the truck side. Inspect the connectors and wiring looking for any cut or exposed wire and fix as needed. Most likely it's two exposed wires touching each other between those two circuits.
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  • How to Test Brake Controller to See if it is Shorted Out
  • 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 the Quickee Tester, part # 3808, 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...
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  • How to Find Stoplight Switch Circuit on Vehicle for Installing Brake Controller
  • What you'll need to do to find the stop light switch on your vehicle is use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to test all of the wires that lead to the brake pedal switch till you find the wire that has voltage only when the brakes are applied. That's the circuit to use to wire to the red wire of your brake controller.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller Indicator Light When Connected To Trailer Without Brakes
  • On your Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510, there should only be a light if the controller sees connection to the trailer. This connection to a trailer is found through the pin at the 5 o'clock position on your 7-way, so the controller sees a power draw on the blue brake output wire. This is an issue because the brake controller will sent output power through that blue wire when it reads a trailer is connected. For a trailer without brakes, the light should not come...
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  • Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Install in 2016 Kia Sorento Without Splicing Into Brake Switch Wiring
  • To get your brake light signal to install your Prodigy P3 # 90195 brake controller, you can tap into your trailer wiring harness # C56256 prior to the converter box to capture that brake signal and run a separate wire to the brake controller. This is not the ideal method of tapping into the cold side of your brake light switch using a quick splice connector from your # ETBC7 kit, but it can work. I do want to point out that the splicing into your stop light switch will not void your...
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  • Brake Controller Keeps Beeping and Shows Trailer Brake Service Message
  • Is this issue with Hopkins brake controller # HM47294 or a different aftermarket controller? Or is it a factory brake controller that is giving you the error message and audible alert? If it is an aftermarket controller then since you do not tow often you could just unplug the controller. But if your truck has a factory controller and it was not correctly bypassed then the issue will keep happening. In situations where you want to bypass a factory controller you will need to manually...
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  • Troubleshooting Pilot Brake Controller Not Activating Trailer Brakes
  • The "c" on your Pilot Brake Controller # 80550 indicates that the controller is sensing a connection with the trailer. If the controller is not activating the trailer brakes with the brake pedal depressed, there are a couple things you will want to check. First make sure the red wire from the brake controller is connected to the correct brake switch wire on your tow vehicle. The red wire needs to be connected to the cold side of the brake light switch above the brake pedal, which is...
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  • Hopkins Reliance E1 Error Code Causes and Fixes
  • You may have looked into this already but there are specific things that lead to that E1 error code that you have. The E1 error code on the Reliance brake controller indicates that a trailer is not connected. If the trailer IS connected and you get the E1 code, a probable cause is a dirty trailer connector. Check the trailer connector on the trailer and on the vehicle. Clean out any dirt or corrosion. Corrosion can build up behind the connectors where the wires attach as well. It is...
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  • Redarc Tow Pro Elite Brake Controller to Bypass Factory 2009 Suburban Factory Brake Controller
  • Installing the Redarc Tow Pro Elite # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 controller will involve you wiring an extra wire from the brake controller to your 7-way trailer connector. Under the driver's side dash by the emergency brake pedal will be a bunch of 5 blunt cut wires that are taped up to the wiring harness. I have attached a picture that shows you where this wiring harness will be located. Use: Red/Black to Black Battery Power White to White Ground Light Blue/White to Red Brake Light Signal Do...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2008 Dodge Dakota with 4-Way
  • Since you don't have a factory 7-way on your 2008 Dodge Dakota you will have to hardwire a new 7-way and a brake controller. You will need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller part # 90885. This is our...
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  • Troubleshooting SH/5H Error Code on a Primus IQ Brake Controller
  • The 5.H or S.H 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 by disconnecting your trailer and inspecting the trailer and vehicle side connectors for corrosion build up and clean or replace parts as needed to see if that...
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  • Recommended 2008 Chevy Silverado Brake Controller Wiring Under Dash
  • The orange wire that doesn't get used in the brake controller wiring of your 2008 Silverado is for a third brake light signal. This is often referred to as the CHMSL and is most often used for a rear center brake light connection when using a camper or shell with that center brake light feature. I've attached a video to show this in the installation.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Wiring Harness for 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 with Factory 7-way
  • Since you already have the factory 7-way, adding a brake controller to your 2012 Dodge Ram is easy. My recommendation is to use a proportional brake controller (which is what is in your brother's truck) and the simple wiring harness that will give you the plug and play ability. The most popular brake controller we have is the Prodigy P3 # 90195 because it has the easy to read diagnostics and LCD screen for ease of use. It also has preset boost settings so you can easily be ready...
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  • Installing Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on 2011 GMC Sierra
  • The wires to install the Prodigy P3 # 90195 are indeed already run and under your dash. I have added a link to an installation video showing exactly how to install this brake controller in a 2011 GMC Sierra like yours. On the Prodigy the blue wire is for the brake wire, the black is for the 12 volt hot lead, the red is for the cold side of the stop light switch and the white is the ground wire. Following the video and the help article I added on installing brake controllers will offer you...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring for 2010 Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter
  • On a 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter there is not a wiring harness plug under the dash. Whether you have the Factory 7-way or not, there is not wiring connected for a brake controller. If you don't have the 7-way, then you can use the # ETBC7 wiring kit along with a 4-way trailer connector like # 118650 if you don't already have one. If you already have the factory 7-way, then you can use wiring # 5506 to connect the electric brake controller to your battery and to your 7-way trailer connector...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller on Range Rover
  • If your trailer connector is working correctly on your Range Rover when you use a circuit tester like # 3808 and test each pin for function, then there are a couple things to consider. You know that the controller works with another vehicle and you've confirmed that the trailer connector is working as intended. So then you know there is an issue at the connection of the two. The first possible issue is that there is some corrosion causing the connection to not be ideal. Normally...
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Adapter for 2014 Ford F-150
  • The adapter you need to install an electric brake controller in your 2014 Ford F-150 depend on which controller you have. If you don't already have a controller I recommend the Prodigy P3, part # 90195, because it's the easiest to use and install. For the P3, or any other Tekonsha controller use part # 22292 for the adapter. A few other popular brands: For Hayes controllers use part # HA81794-HBC For Hopkins controllers use part # HM47845 For Curt controllers use part # C51436 If...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Trailer Brake Controller on 2016 Honda Pilot
  • If your 2016 Honda Pilot Touring has a factory 7-Way connector at the rear of the vehicle, then all you need to install a brake controller like the excellent Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 is the Plug-In Adapter # 3070-P. One end of the adapter will plug into the brake controller itself while the other end will connect to the built-in port beneath the Pilot's dash. I have attached an installation video that you can use for reference. If your Pilot does not have a factory 7-Way connector,...
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  • Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Installation in 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Your 2005 Toyota Land Cruiser will have a brake controller connection port for the P3 # 90195 under the dash ONLY if it came from the factory with a 7-way trailer connector already installed at the rear bumper. In that case you would use part # 3040-P. The location of this port in the 2005 Land Cruiser is under the dash, on the far left side above the emergency brake pedal. It may be tucked out of the way or could be taped to other wiring. You will want to look for a square connector...
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  • Connecting Red Wire to Install Electric Brake Controller in 2008 Mazda B2300
  • To install an electric brake controller, like the Prodigy P3 # 90195, in your 2008 Mazda B2300 you need to connect the red wire to the cold side of the truck's stop light switch. This will be the wire near the top of the brake pedal arm that is only hot when the brake pedal is pressed. I recommend using a circuit tester, like part # 3808, to test the wires for function and not try to go by color since vehicle manufacturers are often inconsitent on their wire coloring. If I was going...
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  • Why Would Brake Output Circuit Have Low Voltage When Not Connected to Controller
  • Yes you are correct. You have a short between the brake output circuit and most likely the 12 volt accessory circuit since the test light is partially lit all the time. Most likely this is due to corrosion on the 7-way. Check out the back and inside of the connectors looking for any corrosion or exposed wire and fix as needed.
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  • Installing Brake Controller on 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The Pilot 2-6 Brake Electronic Brake Controller - Time Delayed # 80550 you asked from connects to the your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 in a couple of different ways. If you have the factory 7-way on your truck, then you will use wiring harness # 3020-P. The harness is located underneath the dash, to the left of the steering column, taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal. If you do not have the factory trailer wiring, then you will need to use the wiring kit # ETBC7 to...
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  • Brake Controller for 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
  • I can get you set up with everything you need to add a brake controller to your 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander. You were correct in starting with the 4-way like # 118482. You will also need the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller # ETBC7, which will give you a 7- and 4-way trailer connector (which you will plug your trailer's 7-way into), circuit breakers and the rest of the hardware needed to install a brake controller. As for the brake controller itself, I strongly...
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  • Prodigy Brake Controller Power Output
  • Your Tekonsha Prodigy # 90195 brake controller will show a power output on the display when going down the road, yes. This controller is inertia based and senses deceleration, generating the appropriate power output to give your trailer the best braking.
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  • Installing Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on 2010 Ram 1500 with Factory Brake Controller
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 Trailer Brake Controller is an excellent choice and the Plug-In Adapter # 3021-P is exactly what you need to install it on your 2010 Ram 1500. When you remove the factory brake controller on your Ram, it will activate a warning lamp on your instrument cluster. The only way to prevent or get rid of this light is to visit a local Ram dealer to have them reconfigure the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) of the truck. You will want to wait until this...
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  • Where to Attach Brake Controller Red Wire on a 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
  • If the stop light circuit or CHMSL (center high mount stop lamp) circuit on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack are the only things that are on the associated fuse you could use a fuse tap in that location and wire the brake controller red wire to it. It has to be a dedicated brake light only circuit though. Another option is to tap into the combined brake light and turn signal wires on the trailer connector, which I assume is a 7-Way since they want a brake controller, using converter...
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  • Can Wiring Harness Included with P3 Brake Control be Wired to Factory Brake Control Wiring Harness
  • The wiring harness that comes with the P3 brake controller # 90195 has one end that plugs into the brake controller and the other end has blunt cut wires that will connect to the vehicle. If your tow vehicle has a factory brake controller harness you can hardwire the included P3 harness to it as long as you know what the functions are on the factory harness. On a brake controller the white wire is ground, black is 12 volt power, blue is output to the trailer brakes, and red is input...
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  • Is a 2008 Fleetwood Bounder on Workhorse W22 Chassis Pre-Wired for a Brake Controller
  • I believe that there is wiring located up under the dash and to the left of the steering column on the 2008 Workhorse W22 chassis that is for a brake controller. Look for a bundle of wires held together with a white tag. The tag shows the functions of the wires. If that wire bundle is not present on your Bounder then the brake controller will have to be hardwired in. You would need a 30 amp circuit breaker, # PK54530, wire # 10-2-1 sold by the foot, and some additional # 10-1-1 wire...
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  • Installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller in a 2015 Cadillac Escalade
  • The 2015 Cadillac Escalade was available both with and without a factory tow package. A dealership may be able to run the vehicle VIN in their computer system to see how it is equipped. If it does have the factory tow package then you would use harness # 3016 to plug in the P2 brake controller # 90885. The harness plugs into a junction box located under the dash on the driver's side, up near the fire wall above the carpeting. Take a look at the video I have linked that will help. If...
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Does Not See that a Trailer Is Connected
  • A brake controller is looking for the draw from brake magnets on the trailer. If the trailer is connected and it does not indicate that a trailer is connected then the brake controller is not sensing any power draw from the brake magnets. A few things could cause this issue. First, it could be a wiring problem. You mentioned that you checked the wiring on the vehicle and that it was good so that would seem to indicate that the issue is on the trailer side. Make sure that the trailer,...
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  • Mitsubishi FUSO 99 FE Controller Recommendation
  • We sell universal kits that you could use to wire a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Voyager part # 39510 to your truck but we don't have anything specific to your Mitsubishi FUSO. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 119190KIT. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7....
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  • Wire Colors for Installing Brake Controller in 2008 Chevy Silverado
  • When installing a brake controller in your 2008 GMC Sierra the red wire on the vehicle connects to the black wire on the controller. The dark blue wire on the vehicle connects to the blue wire on the controller. The light blue or orange wire on the vehicle connects to the red wire on the controller and the white wire on the vehicle connects to the white wire on the controller. The wire you'll use for the red wire of the controller will either be orange or light blue. You can test it...
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  • How Does Brake Controller Hardwire to 2005 Fleetwood Discovery
  • You can pretty easily hardware the Triflex you have to the brake controller wiring of your 2005 Fleetwood Discovery but we do not have a plug-in style adapter that would work. You'll need to cut the connectors off and wire hardwire them together. Using a circuit tester find the wire that is hot all the time on the vehicle. Run that to the black wire of the controller. Find the wire that has voltage only when the brakes are applied. Run that to the red wire. Ground the tester to the...
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  • Trailer Bump When Camper is not Braking at Same Rate as Tow Vehicle
  • If you are not already using one, the best solution to enable the i Starcraft to brake in proportion to your Hyundai is to use a proportional brake controller. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller # 90195 will activate your trailer brakes in a proportion to your vehicle's braking action. It'll automatically adjust your trailer braking based on the deceleration of the tow vehicle and it activates immediately so there's no pausing like with your time delay brake controllers. It...
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  • Collision Avoidance Malfunction Error On Primus IQ Brake Controller
  • I reached out to my contact at Tekonsha and they advised me that the issue with the collision avoidance issue is only a problem when the manual override is applied. If the manual override is not applied, you should not get the collision avoidance warning on the dash, therefore you are safe to use your vehicle. We do offer a universal brake harness that has a diode in it, it is the Tekonsha 7865 which will fix the error.
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  • Installing Tekonsha Prodigy 2 in 2011 Chevy 3500 with Factory Trailer Brake System
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional # 90885 will work well for your 2011 Chevy 3500 Dually. To install this controller, the necessary wires are already run, but they are not in plug form. I've attached an article to walk you through what needs to be done to connect your wiring so that it will work as intended. You will not need to have a dealer change anything with your vehicle to avoid error messages.
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  • Does ETBC7 Kit Have to Have 4-Ways Hardwired
  • I'm with you. If it was me installing the setup I'd just plug in the 4-ways and be done with it. Some people like more permanent installs though so they would rather the connections be hardwired.
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  • Will Tekonsha PowerTrac Time Delayed Brake Controller Work in 2016 Ram 1500
  • The Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller - 1 to 2 Axles - Time Delayed # 39523 will not work for your 2016 Ram 1500. You will want to use wiring harness # 3024-P for that installation but most of the time delayed controllers require more power from the brake light switch than your vehicle offers according to my contact at Tekonsha. I instead recommend using a proportional brake controller like the Prodigy P3 # 90195, P2 # 90885, Primus IQ # TK90160, or Voyager # 39510 which...
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  • How to Run the Wires Through the Firewall of a Ford Flex for a Brake Controller
  • On your Ford Flex you will first want to remove the driver's side kick panel. Once the panel is exposed you will then need to look for a large rubber grommet which contains a bundle of wires that runs from the cab to the power distribution center (PDC) in the engine bay compartment. This grommet is usually located where the steering shaft goes through the firewall and connects to the rack and pinion. You can either remove the wire loom from the bundle of wires and then slide the 12 volt...
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  • How to Wire Up Brake Controller in 2015 Chevy Colorado
  • When installing a brake controller in your 2015 Chevy Colorado the wiring needed is behind the kick panel like you mentioned. White wire with blue stripe is for the red wire on the controller. The red wire on the truck is for the black wire for the brake controller. The black of the truck goes to the white of the controller, and the light blue one is for the blue wire of the controller.
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Locks Up When Brakes Are Touches
  • Normally the issue is a short between the stop/turn light circuit and the brake output, but since you said you have a Hopkins Reliance (ironically the least reliable brake controller) there is an equal chance the controller is in need of replacing. Try putting both blinkers and see if the trailer brakes pulse in unison. If so, the issue is the wiring short. If not, then the issue is the controller is bad and needs to be replaced. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy...
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  • How To Brake Controllers Typically Install
  • Where the Tekonsha brake controller plugs in and how it wires to the vehicle depends on the vehicle. What vehicle do you have? Does it have trailer wiring currently? Hopefully its' a vehicle that has a quick install port for a brake controller like the # 3015-P which fits older Chevy Silverados. Some require hardwiring though which I attached a help article on.
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  • How Does Brake Controller Install in 2010 GMC Sierra
  • On your 2010 GMC Sierra no plug is present under the dash for installing a brake controller, but the needed wires are already run. You will connect the brake controller wiring with the vehicle wiring already present under the dash. I attached a help article and install video that covers this for you to check out as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller part # 90195. This is our best selling brake controller because of how well it works and how...
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  • Could Curt Triflex Brake Controller Drain Truck Battery
  • Brake controllers like the Triflex part # C51140 will have an indicator light that will stay on for several minutes after the vehicle has stopped running. It eventually will go into sleep mode after a period of time. That indicator draws such a low amount that your battery would die from inactivity before it would drain it. It is most likely coincidence that you installed the controller recently. I'd take the truck to a local auto parts store to have the battery and charging system tested....
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  • How Many Wires Under Hood of 2003 Chevy Silverado Need to be Connected to Install Brake Controller
  • There should only be a single red wire and a single blue wire needed to connect under the hood of your 2003 Chevy Silverado. If you check out the help article I attached you'll see that the blue wire has a plug on it and the red wire has a ring terminal like what you sent in a picture of. I am not sure what video you are referring to but what you have in your hand is totally normal and would be all you'd need to connect.
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  • How to Install the Hopkins Agility Controller Part # HM47295 on a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500
  • I have attached the diagram that you will need to install the Hopkins Agility Trailer Brake Controller part # HM47295 on your 2008 GMC Sierra 1500. The wires that you will need to connect to the controller will be located in a group with blunt cut ends somewhere under the driver's dash panel near the emergency brake lever (see photo). To summarize, the red wire on the vehicle connects to the black wire on the controller. The dark blue wire on the vehicle connects to the blue wire on...
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  • Parts Needed to Add Electric Drum Brakes to Trailer with 3500-lb Axle
  • Starting with your Cherokee, the Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller # 90195 is an excellent choice. This is a superb controller both for performance and reliability. In your 4-pole equipped Jeep vehicle you will hard wire the P3 using the # ETBC7 installation kit. These two items will provide a complete 7-way wiring setup that will generate and deliver trailer brake power to the 7-way socket included in the kit along with all of the required trailer lighting signals. I linked both a...
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  • Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller 90195 Does Not Activate Brakes from Pressing Brake Pedal
  • Trailer brake controllers such as the Prodigy P3 # 90195 will generate an electrical brake signal for the trailer brakes either when you press the manual override lever or when the controller receives a signal from the vehicle's brake light switch that is part of the brake pedal assembly. In order for the controller to operate from the brake pedal it must receive the brake light switch signal on its red wire. In a 2018 Chevy Silverado the P3 installs using wiring adapter # 3016. If you...
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  • How to Add a Brake Controller to a 2015 BMW X5
  • A brake controller will only be necessary if the trailer you will be towing has brakes. The easiest way to tell whether or not the trailer has brakes would be to look at the trailer side connector. If the trailer side connector has 7 pins then it will more than likely have brakes. If the trailer does have brakes then I recommend using the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 as this is one of our most popular options. It has integrated safeguards to protect both...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2001.5 Fleetwood Discovery
  • Based on the research I did on the 2001.5 Fleetwood Discovery RV, they are wired with a 7-Way connection at the rear of the RV. When towing a trailer equipped with electric brakes, you can use an electric brake controller, like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, # 90885. I spoke with my contact at Fleetwood, and he stated that the blue wire for electric brakes is attached to circuit 020 under the hood of the RV. If your RV does not have this wire, you can run your own 10 gauge wire from a...
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  • Can Tekonsha Primus IQ Install in 2018 Ram 1500
  • Yes, with the install harness part # 3024-P you can install the Tekonsha Primus IQ part # TK90160 in your 2018 Ram 1500. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • How to Set a 2012 Nissan Frontier Up for Towing a Trailer with Brakes
  • You are correct in that you will need to use a brake controller in order to operate the brakes on a trailer. The Curt Venturer Trailer Brake Controller part # C51110 is a fit for your 2012 Nissan Frontier and will not require any splicing so long as you also use the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter part # C51382. The relays and jumper harness that you are referring to are not included with the brake controller and will need to be purchased separately. If your Frontier came with a factory 7-way...
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  • Does the Orientation of the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller Part # 39510 Matter
  • The Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller part # 39510 is a directional brake controller and must be installed parallel to the tow vehicle in a -20 to 70 degree angle. I have attached a photo to better explain how this works. I highly recommend that you install the brake controller using the manufacturer's specifications as this could cause all sorts of problems with your trailer's brakes. We typically install the brake controller on the drivers side kick panel where your right knee...
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  • Where Does Brake Controller Red Wire or Trailer Wiring Harness Red Wire Go on 1984 Ford F-150
  • On a brake controller just as # 90195 the red wire connects to the cold side of the brake switch. The brake switch, usually located above and/or attached to the brake pedal arm, will have a wire that only has power when the brake pedal is pressed. If the wire has power when the headlights or turn signals are on then it is not the correct wire. But the installation of a brake controller will not help get the turn signal to work. Is it the truck's turn signal or the trailer? If it is on...
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  • Circuit Tester Recommendation to Determine if P3 Brake Controller Senses Trailer Connection
  • The P3 brake controller part # 90195 needs to sense an amperage draw on the brake output circuit to know that a trailer is connected. We've found that not all emulators will be able to test a brake controller properly so the best recommendation we can make would be to use a # 3808 to to test the circuit as that will put enough draw on the circuit to allow a trailer connection.
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  • Can Draw Tite Activator II Easily be Replaced by Draw Tite I-Command
  • The Draw Tite I-Command part # 5535 uses the same style of connector that the Draw Tite Activator II uses so you'd be able to easily swap in the new controller by just plugging it in.
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  • 2017 Volvo XC90 Trailer Hitch and Brake Controller Recommendation
  • First let's start with a hitch for your 2017 Volvo XC90. The Draw Tite hitch part # 76194 that you referenced is the way to go as it only has a visible crosstube. Now for a brake controller there's no reason you couldn't install an aftermarket one from us and not worry about it affecting any safety programs on your vehicle. I am not sure what the guy at the dealer was thinking but our controllers install totally outside of the computer of the vehicle so there would be no interference....
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  • Does Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller Activate Vehicle Taillights when Manual Override Is Slid
  • Modern brake conrollers like the Tekonsha Primus IQ part # TK90160 are designed to activate the vehicle taillights (and thus the trailer taillights) when the manual override lever is pulled. This is so that other drivers will know that your trailer is slowing down.
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  • Troubleshooting New Brake Controller that Won't Power On
  • It's very unusual for the P3 part # 90195 to be defective as this is one of the most reliable controllers around but it's not impossible. What I would recommend you do is take the controller under the hood of your truck with the pigtail installed in it that has the 4 blunt cut wires. Touch the white wire directly to the vehicle battery ground and the black directly to the positive side of the battery. This will be the most direct way to determine if the controller is functional or not that...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller and Parts Needed to Install on a 2004 F-250 and 2000 E-350
  • I highly recommend going with the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195. This is a proportional brake controller that will apply the brakes on your trailer at the same time and with the same intensity as the brakes in your vehicle. The best feature about this brake controller is the LCD screen that makes operation and diagnosing any problems much easier than an older controller that only uses codes. For your 2004 Ford F-250 you actually just need the P3 and the Adapter # 3035-P which plugs right...
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  • Troubleshooting the Tekonsha PowerTrac # 39523 Installed on a John Deere Tractor
  • I would first check to make sure that you have your Tekonsha PowerTrac # 39523 set at the highest setting before using your manual override. If you don't have it on the highest setting then that would be why it drops to the 5-1/2 - 6 volts. As for the 2-1/2 volts I would be sure that you have a solid ground that is securely connected to a clean, bare-metal surface. You also want to be sure that you have a 20 amp circuit breaker like part # PK54520 between your battery and the brake...
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  • How to Find the Stop Light Switch on a 2017 Ram ProMaster 1500
  • In order to find the stop light switch or cold side of brake pedal on your 2017 Ram ProMaster 1500 to install a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 you will need to test each of the wires with a circuit tester like part # 3808 for the one that is only hot when the brake pedal is depressed. Unfortunately I do not have any information that tells me what color wire that is. If you cannot determine which is the cold side of brake pedal then...
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  • Installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ # TK90160 on a 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML500
  • I can help you with the installation of the Tekonsha Primus IQ # TK90160 on your 2005 Mercedes-Benz ML500 but unfortunately I don't know which wires you will be splicing to under your dash. To figure out what wires you need to use simply take a circuit tester like part # 3808 and test the wires (there may be a bundle) under the driver's side dash. Look for a constant 12V of power, a wire that only gets hot when the brake pedal is pressed, a wire that outputs voltage to the 7-Way at the...
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  • Installing a Brake Controller on a 2012 Ford Explorer with OEM 4-Way and 7-Way Connectors
  • If your 2012 Ford Explorer came with a factory pin then there should be a connector up under the driver's side dash. To install a brake controller, like the popular Prodigy P3 # 90195, you simply need an adapter. For the P3 you would need part # 3035-P. One end of the adapter plugs into the connector under your dash and the other end plugs into the back of the P3.
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  • Towing Compatibility of 1969 Cadillac DeVille
  • The large motors in those old Cadillacs (in your case the 7.7L V8) will allow you to tow a trailer that is 2,500 lbs. If your vehicle brakes are in good working order you will be able to stop a fully loaded trailer that size as well. Anything larger, and I'd definitely recommend using a brake controller like # 90195 and that would be the best route if your travel trailer has brakes anyway. If that is the case let me know and I'll help you get the wiring you need as this is the safest...
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  • Are the Blunt Cut Brake Controller Wires Under the Dash of a 07-13 GM Truck Circuit Protected
  • It sounds like you are trying to install a brake controller on your 2010 GMC Sierra 1500. If this is the case then the truck would have came from the factory with blunt cut wires under the dash that already have the functions for a brake controller. You will need to splice the wires from the brake controller into the blunt cut wires under the dash with part # DW05744-5. I have attached a photo that shows what the functions are for the wires on the brake controller and vehicle. All of the...
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  • Can the Stop Light Switch Wire on a 1989 Ford F-250 Be Used for a Brake Controller
  • I spoke to my contact at Tekonsha and they were aware of the issue you described however, this information only really applies to older brake controllers that draw a lot of power. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 draws very little power from the vehicle's wiring and will work fine for you while hooking up to the stop light switch wire. If you do use an older brake controller that draws substantial power then you will just want to tap into the stop light switch...
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  • Troubleshooting Agility Brake Controller
  • There is going to be some troubleshooting you'll have to do in order to find out if the issue is on the van, or trailer; since your Agility Brake Controller # HM47295 is new I think we can safely rule it out as the problem. To start, check off what could be potentially simple issues - corrosion or dirt may be the cause of a short in a trailer connector, so check the plug to see if there is any type of corrosion built up that may be hampering its functionality. You will also want...
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  • How to Add a Brake Controller to a 2004 Volvo XC70 and How to Add Brakes to a Pop-up Trailer
  • For your 2004 Volvo XC70, I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller part # 90250. This brake controller installs on the trailer and will not require any modifications to the tow vehicle assuming you have a 7-way trailer connector with a functioning 12 volt circuit. If you do not then you will need to add one and for that you can use a combination of part # C59236 and part # 37185. It sounds like you also need electric drum brakes for your pop-up camper as...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for a 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • In order to install a brake controller on your 1999 Dodge Ram Pickup I recommend using the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90885. This is a proportional brake controller that senses the inertia of the tow vehicle then applies that same force to the trailer. It is also one of our most popular options because of its integrated safeguards that work to protect both the vehicle/trailer and its continuous diagnostics checks for safety. If your Ram came with either a factory...
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  • Will a 2017 Ram 1500 Need to be Flashed After a Brake Controller Installation
  • Even if you don't have the factory brake controller installed on your 2017 Ram 1500 you shouldn't need to get it flashed to activate the controller. All you would need is the Prodigy P2 # 90885 and the wiring adapter # 3024-P that you saw in the linked video. Their controller might have to have something special done with it to make it compatible but I would be surprised if you had to have your Ram flashed as we typically only see this needing to be done for Jeeps. On the off chance...
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  • Troubleshooting Prodigy P3 Braking Constantly on 2011 Chevy Silverado
  • Your Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 appears to be working correctly on your 2011 Chevy Silverado because you are getting that readout. The issue which my contact at Tekonsha said is extremely common on your vehicle is with the brake light switch. Your switch has gone bad and needs to be replaced. He said he received 6 calls in one day all with this same issue and solution. He said if your cruise control also isn't working correctly that brake light switch replacement should solve that as well.
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  • How to Uninstall the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885
  • To remove the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 you simply need to detach the harness at the rear of the brake controller. Once that is removed you can tuck the harness up under your dash with some zip ties andthe uninstall the bracket that holds the brake controller as well. If you jump to the 2:17 mark of the attached video you can see our team member installing the bracket and connecting the harness. Just do what he does but in reverse order and you are good to go!
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  • Trailer Brake Controller Stopped Working with Brake Pedal on 2005 Dodge Ram 1500
  • It is possible that the CHMSL (center high mount stop lamp) fuse or stop light fuse is blown on your 2005 Dodge Ram 1500. That would cause the brake controller to only work with the manual override. You can also check any fuses and relays related to the brake controller. If those fuses are good, and if the brake controller was hardwired in rather than plugged in with harness # 3020-P then it could be the connection on the red brake controller wire. You can use a circuit tester such...
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  • Will Prodigy P3 Show Volts When Not Moving?
  • The Prodigy P3 # 90195 does not shut off, it goes into sleep mode after 15 minutes. Additionally, if you are not driving, it is going to be showing 1-2 volts even when you do not apply the brake pedal. This is a proportional controller so it will brake according to how you brake; as long as the brakes are working with the appropriate power when you press the brake pedal it does not sound like there is anything untoward happening.
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  • Prodigy RF No Longer Pairs with Handheld Unit in a Volkswagen Touareg
  • The issue you are having with the Prodigy RF # 90250 is not uncommon for German vehicles. There are a few things you can try to get the unit to pair. First, If you do not see displayed what the instructions say just keep going through the steps. Sometimes, it will not display what it is supposed to but it will still work if you go through the steps to completion. If that does not work then you can try taping off the pin in the 5 o'clock position at the back of the RF (where the trailer...
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  • Best Brake Controllers for a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • For your 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 I recommend the P3 brake controller # 90195. This controller has easy to understand diagnostics, it can be mounted a full 360 degrees in the direction of travel, and it can plug right into your truck using wiring harness # 3016. Or if you want something that is going to take up less dash space but still give you great proportional braking I recommend the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite, # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 and wiring harness # 3016-S to plug it into the truck. Once...
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  • Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Shows NC with a Trailer Connected to a 2018 Kia Sedona
  • It sounds like you have a short and possibly a loose or damaged connection somewhere. A short like this is usually caused by corrosion in a trailer connector or a pinched or damaged wire. I do also recommend changing the white wire ground location from the aftermarket 7-Way to a different bare metal surface (to cover all our bases). Make sure that the 7-Way connector is clean and free of corrosion inside, where the wires attach, and outside on the pins. Check the wiring as best as you...
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  • Tip for Stoplight Circuit Wire Install Location for 2005 BMW 3 Series
  • That's a really helpful piece of advice! I am going to post this live on our site to hopefully help future readers as well!
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer That When Towing Gooseneck Brakes Erratically
  • Wow that's a bizzarre phenomenon! I'd be inclined to think the problem has to do with the brake controller. Since you said the controller doesn't really seem to apply very much brake pressure that's at least one indicator that the brakes aren't working properly on the trailer. Also since the problem has occured with several trailers that isolates the problem to the vehicle side. You did say that the brakes have not been replaced yet either. I almost wonder if your brake controller is somehow...
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Voyager Brake Controller Not Functioning on 2018 Ram 1500
  • The issue is that the newer Ram trucks use a different style of brake signal that the Voyager you have is not capable of interpretting. Not every brake controller can be used on your truck for this reason and that's why yours can't tell that you are applying the brakes. You'll have to go to a controller from Curt that can be used on your truck like the Triflex # C51140 which is a proportional controller that would work well.
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