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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Output Pin Showing 13 Volts
  • You shouldn't have any voltage on your brake controller output at the 5 o'clock pin when the brake controller isn't engaged. It sounds like you either have corrosion completing a circuit, a short that is drawing power from another feature, or your brake controller is installed to the hot side of the brake light switch versus the cold side. To start troubleshooting, I first recommend using some sand paper or steel wool to clean all the pins on your 7-way. Then use dielectric grease...
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  • How To Prevent Pre-Collision Warning Error When Installing Brake Controller 2017 Toyota Highlander
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha who knew exactly what you were talking about. He said that the best solution for installing a brake controller like the Primus IQ # TK90160 in your 2017 Toyota Highlander is to install a diode on the red wire of the wiring harness for the Primus IQ. This is the wire that connects to the cold side of the stop light switch. To prevent the 12V from backfeeding into your Pre-Collision System he recommended using a diode rated for 1 amp or are part #...
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  • Installation of Brake Controller in 2007 Chevy Tahoe
  • It sounds like they are trying to install your Prodigy P2 # 90885 on your 2007 Chevy Tahoe and they aren't connecting to the correct wires. They will want to find the taped up wires for the brake controller and connect that red wire from your controller to the light blue wire in that bundle. I've attached a couple of articles to assist as that model year could have old or new wiring since there was an update in that model year.
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  • Troubleshooting No Lights on Display of Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller 39510
  • Without a trailer connected the Tekonsha Voyager part # 39510 would not have a light displayed. Once a trailer is connected a green light SHOULD come on. If you aren't seeing any light on the controller when connected to a trailer this would indicate that you most likely have corrosion either on the trailer wiring. Inspect the pins on both side of the trailer wiring connectors for corrosion and clean as needed. Corrosion is almost always the problem for the situation you described.
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  • Brake Controller and Weight Distribution System Recommendation for 2015 Toyota Tacoma
  • The easiest to install brake controller we have that also works really well for your 2015 Toyota Tacoma is the Curt Echo part # C51180 which basically just plugs right into your 7-way, syncs to your smartphone, and you're on your way. I attached a review video for this kit for you to check out as well. Air bags are not a problem at all for your truck either if you wanted to go that route. We have the Firestone kit part # F2407 as a confirmed fit for your Tacoma which will allow you...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for 2018 Fleetwood Bounder Coach on F53 Chassis
  • For your 2018 Fleetwood Bounder Coach, I recommend using the Prodigy P3 # 90195 if you want the LCD screen for information and then using wiring harness # 3035-P for connection under the dash. If you want a clean look with a really nice brake controller then I recommend the # 3035-S and the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2. This will give you a clean dash look and still accessibility and control. I've attached a couple videos to assist.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Installation on 2019 Forest River Sunseeker on Chevy Express Chassis
  • For your 2019 Forest River Sunseeker on Chevy Chassis, you will need to look for wiring taped and tucked under the driver side floor mat up toward the firewall as there isn't a factory harness. If you find these wires, then you can use any brake controller you desire. I recommend the Prodigy P3 # 90195 for the best traditional dash mount option. If you want to go with a nice and clean look then the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 is the route to go in my...
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  • Will Tuson DirecLink Brake Controller Work with International Prostar Pulling 40 Foot Trailer
  • Yes, the Tuson DirecLink Base Model Trailer Brake Controller # 335DL-100 will work well for a 40 foot trailer that is equipped with 2 axles. This unit is compatible with trailers that have up to 4 axles (8 total brake assemblies). The DirecLink will simply plug into the OBD-II port and the pigtail harness will need to be spliced into the appropriate wires on your truck (see attached image). For your International Prostar you will likely need to add either the Module Kit # 335HDCON-6PIN...
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  • How To Turn Off the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Brake Controller
  • The Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller part # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 will go into a sleep mode when there is no trailer connected to the tow vehicle. This sleep mode is displayed by a breathing blue light on the push control. The breathing blue light is simply a gradual fade from bright, to dim, and then off. The sleep mode allows you to retain all of your saved settings. If power was completely cut to the brake controller then you would lose all your settings. In order to completely...
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  • Parts Needed to Install Brake Controller and Wiring on a 2017 Chevy Express 3500 Van
  • I will be happy to help you find all of the parts you need to tow your trailer with brakes using your 2017 Chevy Express 3500 Van! To install a fully functional 7-Way connector, and ultimately a brake controller, on your Express Van you will need 4-Way wiring that carries the basic trailer light functions and the Universal Wiring Kit # ETBC7. For the basic light functions I recommend going with the T-One # 118392 which simply plugs in behind your tail lights (see attached installation...
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  • Will the Curt Echo Brake Controller C51180 Work on a 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie DT Platform
  • Yes, the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180 will work on the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie "DT Platform". There will be no additional harnesses required and there is no flashing/reprogramming required whatsoever either. The Echo is a relatively new brake controller that is gaining a lot of popularity. The reason for this is because it does not require any modifications to the tow vehicle, it just plugs into the 7-way and you use your phone to customize settings and activate...
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  • Which is Better Curt Brake Controllers or Prodigy Brake Controllers
  • The Curt brake controllers aren't my favorite ones to recommend as they have a tendency to have reliability issues across basically all models from them. The brake controller I recommend is the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 because this brake controller senses the amount of braking your tow vehicle is applying and puts a proportional amount of braking on the trailer's brakes. It also has a display that uses full words instead of codes that would have to be deciphered. It's our best selling...
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  • Recommended 7-Way Upgrade and Brake Controller for Ford Escape with Factory Hitch and 4-Way
  • For your Ford Escape with factory 4 way, I recommend adding the 7-Way RV Upgrade Kit for Trailer Brake Controller Installation # ETBC7L along with the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless # C51180. This combination will give you your 7-way and a brake controller that doesn't require running wires into your vehicle to the dash. This greatly simplifies the process and will allow you to simply put the controller in your glove box for storage when not in use. It utilizes...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Brake Controller
  • The troubleshooting guide for the (discontinued) Draw-Tite Activator II 5500 is actually the same as the Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504. The instructions (with the troubleshooting guide) for the Activator IV are linked for you to reference but I have also clipped the guide for the Activator II that you can check out. I'm pretty sure the So code you are talking about is either the Sync display meaning that the Sync Control has been moved or the 2.0 display meaning that you are having...
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  • What Color Wire is the Cold Side of the Stop Light Switch
  • The manufacturer has not yet released the wiring schematics for a 2019 Outback Wagon as of March 2019. However, on the previous 2018 model year it was a dark green wire so this may be the case on a 2019 model as well but nonetheless you will need to test it with a circuit tester. The wire that only has power while the brake pedal is depressed will be the cold side of the stop light switch. If you don't want to splice into the cold side of the stop light switch then we do have an option...
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  • How to Install Draw-Tite Activator IV on a 2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT
  • The Draw-Tite Activator IV # 5504 will work with your 2013 GMC Yukon XL SLT. There isn't an adapter that fits your vehicle but you do have blunt cut wires that will be under your driver's side dash to the right where you can connect the harness # 20127. I attached an installation video of the Prodigy P2 # 90885 brake controller on a 2013 GMC Yukon XL which installs the exact same way. Connect the following wires from the brake controller/harness to the following blunt cut wires on your...
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  • Installing Trailer Brake Controller on 2018 Ford Transit T250 with Factory 7-Way
  • There is not a factory brake controller plug-in port on your 2018 Ford Transit T250 so in order to install your existing Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller you will need to hardwire it in using the Wiring Kit # 5506. This kit will provide you with the power and ground wires for the brake controller along with the needed circuit breakers. The red wire from the brake controller will then need to be spliced to the cold side of the brake light switch on the Transit. This is the wire that only...
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  • Availability of Plug-In Harness and Recommended Brake Controller for 2018 Ford Transit T350
  • Based on my research there is not a factory brake controller plug-in port present on your 2018 Ford Transit T350. In order to install a traditional brake controller like the Tekonsha Primus IQ # TK90160 that you were looking at you will need to hardwire it in. I have attached a wiring diagram to assist. If you would rather not hardwire anything (which I certainly understand) then I highly recommend taking a look at the Curt Echo Brake Controller # C51180 instead. This is a unique controller...
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  • How Does Brake Controller Install in 2017 Nissan Armada
  • Since you have a 2017 Armada the pre-wiring is on the right side of the steering column, above the accelerator (see pic). This is where you'll plug the part # 3050-P into for the Prodigy P3 part # 90195. If you currently do not have any trailer wiring you'd need to hardwire in a 4-way first with the part # 119147KIT but your vehicle SHOULD have a 7-way already. 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...
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  • Where Does Red Wire of Brake Controller Install Harness 3023-P Install on 2014 Ram 2500
  • I attached a picture that shows where the red wire installs of the brake controller install harness part # 3023-P but the easiest way to find it will be to watch the video I attached that shows how to find it as well.
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  • 4-Way to 7-Way Adapter Recommendation for Installing Curt Echo Brake Controller
  • If your plan was to install a brake controller you'd have to also run the black wire of the 7-Way Adapter part # 30717 to the to the positive post of your vehicle battery as well as the ground you mentioned. The Curt Echo part # C51180 that you referenced needs the black wire to power it and then uses the other signals from the 4-way adapter to tell when the vehicle brakes are on. For a different adapter that comes the extra wire and breaker to activate the needed circuit for the Curt...
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  • Where to Find Stoplight Circuit for Installing Brake Controller in 2011 Chevy Equinox
  • On a 2011 Chevy Equinox you cannot tap into the brake light switch to install a brake controller. You have to get the signal from the BCM (body control module). It is located up under the dash to the left of the brake pedal. There is a 26-pin connector. You need the wire in position 11. It should be a white wire. I have included a picture that should help.
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  • Brake Controller Port on 2019 Ram 1500 Truck
  • The port to install a brake controller in a 2019 Ram 1500 is behind that cover and to access it you should be able to reach under and gently pry it off with a straight edge of your choosing. After doing so you can then hook up the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers - Ram # 3024-P to use a brake controller such as the Prodigy P2 # 90885 or Prodigy P3 # 90195. Just plug one end of the Adapter into the brake controller port and the other end into the brake controller...
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  • Prodigy RF Electronic Brake Control Warranty Lengths
  • The remote actually has a 5 year warranty so you'd want to contact who you bought the RF from and look into a warranty replacement! The power module has a 15 year warranty and the power lead has a 1 year warranty. The replacement remote is part # 90251 though.
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  • How Does Brake Controller Install in 2011 Chevy Colorado
  • Yes it is that simple! To wire in a brake controller to your 2011 Chevy Colorado only requires you to wire the four wires of the controller to the 4 wires that are present under the dash of your truck. I attached an install video that shows this process on a similar 2015 Colorado.
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  • How Do Trailer Brake Controllers Work
  • An electric trailer brake controller is a device that installs in the cab of your tow vehicle and activates your trailer's electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes when you hit the brakes in your tow vehicle. It's not a binary activation. There are two main types of controllers out there. A proportional brake controller senses how the tow vehicle is slowing or stopping and applies the trailer's brakes with the same intensity. So if you slam on the brakes in your tow vehicle, the controller...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2014 Lincoln Navigator
  • The brake controller I recommend for your 2014 Lincoln Navigator is the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 because this brake controller senses the amount of braking your tow vehicle is applying and puts a proportional amount of braking on the trailer's brakes. It also has a display that uses full words instead of codes that would have to be deciphered. It's our best selling brake controller because of how well it works, how reliable it is, and how easy it is to use. Since you have the factory...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Brake Controller that Wont Go to Full Voltage
  • The Hayes Genesis is prone to failure so let's test it to make sure it's working properly. 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 # ALL640595, 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....
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 1992 Fleetwood Jamboree Searcher
  • Brake controllers are not vehicle-specific so you can choose one that provides the features you want and that is compatible with your trailer's type of brakes. An excellent option is the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. This reliable and popular choice is highly-rated by our customers because it is easy to set up and operate. It also has the flexibility to work with both electric or electric-over-hydraulic trailer brakes. Installation will require a brake controller installation kit...
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  • Tekonsha Primus IQ Shows Voltage Without Trailer Connected
  • I didn't catch what vehicle you were using the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 on but what I recommend you do is cut the blue wire from behind the controller and then turn up both the boost/gain to the max settings. Then once the settings are set to max apply the manual override and test the blue wire with a multimeter. It should show 12 volts here but only when the manual override is applied. If it doesn't show 12 volts or does so when the manual override...
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  • Electric Trailer Brake Controller and Wiring Harness for 2015 Toyota Tacoma
  • To use the Curt Spectrum Trailer Brake Controller # C51170 on your 2015 Toyota Tacoma, you will want the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter # C51362. It sounds like you may have a pigtail harness like # 3040-S with exposed wires on one end and this adapter plug for under your dash on the other. If that is the case you may use that, but you will need to then use butt connectors and cut the quick connect end of your brake controller. I've attached a couple videos to assist.
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  • Could Curt Echo Brake Controller # C51180 Fit 7-Way that Faces Down
  • The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 will fit your 7-way and function great but with it pointed down towards the ground you'd need to be aware of clearance. Would the controller be hanging down possibly low enough that debris on the road could hit it? I'd recommend the Prodigy RF part # 90250 instead if that's the case as it installs on the trailer and you run a standard 7-way to and from it so it would work just like your current setup.
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  • How to Install Prodigy P3 Brake Controller in 1994 GMC C/K
  • Yes, you can install the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 in your 1994 GMC Sierra 2500 and it will work great. You will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one). For that you would want the # 118315. 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. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. The video...
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  • Is There Install Harness for Redarc Tow Pro Elite to Install in 2009 Dodge Ram
  • We have almost exactly what you are looking for. You can use the part # 3020-S to install the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite Trailer Brake Controller # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 which plugs directly into the brake controller install port under your truck's dash. You will have to splice the wires of the connector to the wires of the brake controller with included butt connectors but the colors match so it's pretty simple.
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  • Best Brake Controller for a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
  • The brake controller I recommend for your 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195. It sounds like you're already aware but the Prodigy P3 is one of the best brake controllers on the market. It has integrated safeguards to protect the vehicle/trailer in the event of a short and it has built-in checks to make sure everything is functioning properly. There are adjustable boost settings to increase braking power as well as storable settings...
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  • Is There a Brake Controller Port on a 2016 GMC Terrain/Chevrolet Equinox
  • The 2016 GMC Terrain/Chevrolet Equinox does not have a brake controller port. The process to install a brake controller on this vehicle is fairly complex, especially when compared to the conventional process which works on most vehicles. This process is so in depth that there was a technical service bulletin (TSB) created just for this, 18-NA-123. If you are experienced with 12 volt electricity and vehicles in general then you should be able to complete the process in around a few hours....
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  • How To Install a Brake Controller on a 2013 GMC Savana 2500
  • For starters, if your 2013 GMC Savana 2500 came with a factor 7-way trailer connector the the four wires you will need to install a brake controller like the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 are already ran for you under the driver dash up by the emergency brake pedal. They are blunt cut wires with the following colors; black for ground, red/white for 12 volt power, dark blue for brake output, and light blue for stop light circuit. If your 2013 GMC Savana 2500...
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  • Tekonsha Proportional Trailer Brake Controller for 2008 Toyota Sienna
  • The Hopkins Reliance Time-Delay type trailer brake controller # 47285 will not deliver quite the same smooth braking response as a proportional system, but the symptom you describe is still unusual. If you were on a steep downhill slope once you let off the brake pedal and the trailer brakes released, the weight of the trailer trying to push the Sienna down hill might explain the feeling you're getting, if I understand it correctly. But apart from that it is tough to figure what would...
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  • Hayes G2 Brake Boss Controller with Brake Controller Adapter for 2001 Chevrolet Silverado
  • Yes, the brake controller adapter is included with the brake controller if you go through the Fitguide on the website with the 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and click on brake controller. The Hayes brake controller is part # HA81792BB. The brake controller adapter part # HA81781-HBC plugs into the junction box under the dash of the Chevy and the other end plugs into the Hayes brake controller. If your truck has a 7-way the Hayes brake controller and adapter are all you need. If your Chevy...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for 2017 Toyota Tacoma
  • Yes, the Prodigy P3 brake controller part # 90195 is a great solution for a brake controller for your 2017 Toyota Tacoma. This controller has a display that actually tells you in words if there is a fault of some kind. Other controllers have codes you have to look up. The P3 also allows you to set up the controller for different trailers should the need arise. Since your Tacoma has the towing package you can just plug the controller right into your truck using harness # 3031-P. The...
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  • What Does C on Display of Prodigy P2 Brake Controller Indicate
  • Sounds like your Prodigy P2 part # 90885 is wired up and functioning correctly. C on the display just means that a trailer connection is sensed. What happens when you touch the brakes? The display should jump to the level of braking it's applying to your trailer. If not, you have an issue with the red wire of the controller not being attached to a circuit that sees 12 volts only when the brakes are applied.
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  • Comparing Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller and Prodigy RF Wireless Controller
  • Performance-wise the Prodigy RF part # 90250 and the Curt Echo part # C51180 are right on par with each other. They are both proportional controllers which means they will sense the amount of braking applied and apply the trailer brakes in an equal amount. The big differences are that the Echo does not permanently install on the trailer like the RF does. It basically just plugs into the 7-way. So an easier install...with the added risk of being easily stolen possible (we've not seen this...
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  • Hopkins Towing Reliance Trailer Brake Controller Shows E2 Error
  • It sounds like you may have the Hopkins Towing Solutions Trailer Brake Controller part # 47285 as this would make sense for the E1 and E2 codes you are receiving. If this is the case then the E1 codes means there is not a trailer connected and the E2 code means there is a short on the blue brake output wire. In order to find this short you will need to trace the blue brake output wire from the brake controller all the way back to the braking assemblies paying special attention to the trailer...
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  • How Does Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Install in 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus
  • If your 2018 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Plus has the factory 7-way at the rear of the vehicle all you'd need to install the Prodigy P3 part # 90195 is the install harness part # 3014-P and you'd be set. This plugs into the port under the dash. If you do not have the towing package you will need a 4-way trailer wiring connector to start if you do not have one. For that you'd want the part # 118605. From there you'd need to convert it to a 7-way to install the brake controller. For that you'd...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Not Working on a 2001 Dodge Ram 3500
  • What kind of brake controller do you have for your 2001 Dodge Ram 3500? If it is a proportional brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885 then the only time you will be getting any kind of voltage on your blue wire is if you turn the power all of the way up and then use the manual override. Proportional brake controllers have an inertia sensor so if your vehicle isn't moving it won't send power back if your vehicle is sitting still. According to my research you will want...
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  • What Is The Best Brake Controller for a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg
  • The best brake controller we have for your 2015 Volkswagen Touareg is the the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180. The Echo is a relatively new brake controller that is gaining a lot of popularity. The reason for this is because it does not require any modifications to the tow vehicle, it just plugs into the 7-way and you use your smartphone to customize settings and activate the manual override. The settings are storable and you can fine tune them to each of your trailers....
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller with Intermittent Braking
  • The error codes you are getting with your Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885 help explain why you are getting intermittent braking. The "S.H" means you have a short in the brake wire during an idle connection and the "P.L." is a power interruption when you hit the brake pedal. This makes sense in the way you described it as I imagine the S.H. is happening before you move the car and the P.L. is happening when you brake. I imagine there is a short on the blue brake wire somewhere along...
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  • Why Do My Trailer Brakes Only Work While In Reverse
  • There could be one of two issues that are causing the brakes to only engage while in reverse. The first issue which would make sense for the E2 error on the Hopkins Towing Solutions Trailer Brake Controller part # 47285 is that you have the reverse and brake output wire on the trailer switched. The reverse wire which is usually purple will most likely need to be run to the center pin on what I assume is a 7-way trailer connector whereas the brake output wire which is usually blue will most...
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  • Does Reverse Light Circuit of 7-Way Need to be Active with Curt Echo Mobile Brake Controller
  • The reverse light circuit of a 7-way would not to be active when installing the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 that you referenced. All that needs to be active is the stop/turn circuits and the 12 volt accessory circuit.
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  • Does the Angle At Which the Curt Echo Trailer Brake Controller Is Mounted Matter
  • The orientation/angle of the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180 does not matter. We have tested it on vehicles with 7-way's oriented/angled in all different directions and it has performed flawlessly. Therefore, you should not have any issues whatsoever transferring the Curt Echo no matter the position of the 7-way trailer connector. I confirmed this with my contact at Curt as well. I have attached a photo for you of the controller being used at rough a 45 degree...
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  • What Does It Mean to Splice Into the Cold Side of the Brake Pedal
  • In regards to installing a brake controller such as the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195, there is a red wire labeled as the stop light switch circuit. This circuit is used to let the brake controller know when the brake pedal in the vehicle is depressed that way it can then send power to the brake output circuit so the trailer's brakes can activate. This red stop light switch circuit will need to be spliced into the cold side of the brake pedal on the vehicle....
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  • Bully Digital Brake Controller TC-301 Shows E3 Error
  • According to the owner's manual for the Bully Digital Brake Controller TC-301, if there is a red light flashing and the display shows an E3 code then that means there is no trailer connected. Therefore, since you don't have a trailer connected I would not worry. However, if it still does this with a trailer connected then you will need to check your connection to the yellow wire. It should not drain your battery flashing E3. If you wanted to test the brake controller to see if there...
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  • Does the Tekonsha Primus IQ Draw Power While Shut Off
  • The Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 will go into a sleep mode after 15 minutes of inactivity. In this sleep mode it will still draw power in order to keep the saved settings but only around a few milliamps. It would take several months of the vehicle sitting in order for the brake controller to draw enough power to drain the vehicle's battery. If you like, you can unplug the brake controller to negate all power draw but this would also cause you to lose your settings.
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  • Why Did My Trailer Brakes Stop Making a Clicking Sound
  • Generally speaking, you should be able to hear a clicking noise which signifies that the magnets are engaging. However, over time as parts begin to break-in, the noise will decrease in decibels but this should not be of a concern unless you lose braking power. I recommend you turn up the brake controller, apply the manual override, and see if it locks up the brakes. If it does then you are good to go but if it does not you may want to check your wiring or test the magnets using the attached...
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  • Compatibility of Prodigy Wireless Brake Controller with Monaco Dynasty's US Gear D-Celerator Brake
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional # 90250 is a great option to use with your tandem axle trailer. The Monaco Dynasty D-celerator is an exhaust brake on the coach that slows the coach, but having the accelerometer integrated on the brake control unit that is attached to the trailer will allow you to have smooth and proper electric braking on your trailer as the trailer decelerates with the coach. The Prodigy RF sees the brake light...
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  • Best Aftermarket Brake Controller for a 2019 Ram 1500
  • The best aftermarket brake controller you can buy is the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 which will outperform the factory brake controller tenfold. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 is extremely reliable and even if something were to happen not necessarily to the brake controller, it has diagnostic checks to help you find out what the issue is and safeguards to protect your vehicle, trailer and the controller if it were anything serious. The other reason that people like...
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  • How To Install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 on a 2008 GMC Sierra 3500 with Factory Brake Controller
  • The route of bypassing the factory brake controller in light of an aftermarket option such Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 is becoming more and more common because the factory brake controller just doesn't compare to the higher-end aftermarket options like the above. The Tekonsha Prodigy P3 allows you to store settings for multiple trailers, has boost features to increase braking power, and even works with electric over hydraulic trailer brakes. In order to...
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  • Testing Operation of Trailer Brakes to Determine Cause of Error Message
  • Both the Activator brake controller # 5100 and the Primus model # TK90160 will not show actual output voltage when tested with a standard voltmeter. This is noted in the troubleshooting portion of each controller's instructions (both are linked for reference). Some testers will cause this error message. If your controller activates the brakes correctly when the trailer is hitched then you should be okay. But an actual S.H. code when connected tells you there is a fault on the brake output...
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  • Can the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Be Used with an In-Cab Brake Controller
  • In order to use the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller part # 90250 on a vehicle that already has a brake controller installed you would either need to unplug the brake controller in the vehicle or bypass the Tekonsha Prodigy RF by plugging the trailer connector directly into the vehicle. It would not be advised to have the in-cab brake controller plugged in while you have the trailer connector routed through the Tekonsha Prodigy RF.
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  • What Install Harness Is Needed to Install Tekonsha Voyager in 2013 Ford E-450
  • The brake controller install harness you need to install the Tekonsha Voyager Trailer Brake Controller # 39510 in your 2013 Ford E-450 is the part # 3034-P.
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  • Troubleshooting Curt Echo Brake Controller that Only Works with Manual Override Lever
  • Most likely you have some dirt or corrosion built up on the pins of the trailer connector on your vehicle. What you described is how a brake controller acts when it is not seeing a brake light signal to tell it to activate. Try cleaning the pins of the 7-way and let me know if that changes anything. Also make sure that all of the circuits of the 7-way are currently active. You can do this with a circuit tester like part # ALL640595 testing each pin as you apply all of the different turn...
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  • Will Curt Echo Mobile Brake Controller Fit 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • Yes, the Curt Echo Mobile brake controller part # C51180 that you referenced is a confirmed fit for your 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 that has a factory 7-way connector. All this requires to work is a 7-way connector with the lighting functions and 12 volt accessory circuit active and a smart phone and your set.
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  • Does Curt Echo Brake Controller Fit 2019 Grand Cherokee High Altitude
  • Yes, the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 that you referenced will easily work without issue installed in the 7-way of your 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Basically you'll just plug it into the 7-way of your vehicle, sync it to your smartphone, and you'll be on your way after setting it up. I attached an install video link for this controller for you to check out as well.
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  • Troubleshooting No Trailer Connected Message on Prodigy P3 Brake Controller
  • If you have verified that the pin in the 5 o'clock position on your vehicle side 7-Way is receiving 12V of power when you use the manual override on the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 # 90195 then the issue would have to be on your trailer end. Start off by checking the connector on your trailer (and might as well look at the one on your vehicle for that matter) being sure to clean out any debris or corrosion that you find. If that doesn't fix it or you don't have any then the next step is to...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for a 2018 Ram 1500 Limited
  • We have quite a selection of brake controllers that are compatible with your 2018 Ram 1500 Limited! Out of our available selection I recommend going with the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 with the plug and play adapter # 331-TPH-020 for 2 reasons. The first is that it has 2 different braking options for your trailer; one is for proportional braking and the other is user-control (more like time-delayed). This allows you to have your trailer brake at the same time and intensity...
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  • Solution for Needing to Find Brake Light Signal on Vehicle without Circuit at Brake Pedal
  • When hardwiring in a brake controller the red wire needs to go to a circuit that only sees voltage when the brakes are applied. Typically this is found at the brake pedal switch, but if you can't find the circuit there you could use a third brake light signal that only illuminates when the brakes are applied. Another option is to install the Roadmaster Universal Stop Light Switch Kit # RM-751000 which will give you the signal at the brake pedal. If you are using the Curt Echo part #...
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  • What Color Is The Stop Light Switch Wire on a 2015 Ford Explorer
  • According to my research, the cold side of the stop light switch on a 2015 Ford Explorer is a white/purple wire. However, this may not always be the case therefore it would be wise to check this before making the connection with a circuit tester part # ALL640595. The wire should only have power while the brake pedal is depressed. If you don't want to splice into any of the wires on the vehicle then I have an excellent option for you in the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller Always Flashing
  • There are a couple of reasons why your Primus IQ trailer brake controller # TK90160 could be flashing. It could be a bad ground connection, an overload or the angle of the controller not accurate for use. The angle is an issue because it utilizes an internal sensor to determine deceleration for the proportional braking of your trailer. I've attached a photo of the troubleshooting in the manual as well as the instructions to assist. If this doesn't help solve your flashing, then give...
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  • Curt Echo Brake Controller Wiring on 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon
  • You are correct. The Curt Echo is a great choice because of its convenience and simple installation. The kit part # ETBC7L when used with the Curt Echo part # C51180 only requires the black power wire to extend to the positive side of the battery and the white wire ground to a clean, bare metal surface. You may tuck the yellow and blue wire away. Since the Curt Echo adjusts braking by sensing the deceleration of the vehicle instead of wiring to the brake switch, you do not need the...
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  • How To Hardwire A Brake Controller On A 2018 Chevrolet Equinox
  • It sounds like you are trying to make the stop light switch circuit connection for a brake controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90195 on your 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. If that is the case then you cannot splice into the switch/sensor behind the brake pedal because it does not carry enough voltage. Instead, you will need to splice into an electrical connector located under the passenger side sill garnish molding. The wire you are looking for is white with...
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  • How To Install a 7-Way on a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban
  • The blue brake output and orange 12 volt power wires are already ran on your 1996 Chevrolet Suburban however, as you suspected they are not yet connected. The rearmost point of the wires near the trailer hitch will need to be connected to the 7-way. Once the rearmost point of the wires are secured to the 7-way you will then need to connect the forwardmost point of the wires to the brake controller and 12 volt power. The forwardmost wires will end in a gray connector under the brake booster....
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  • Will Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller Work When Getting a Call
  • You can receive a call or open another app for on your phone and the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 and it will still work. When you get a call the Echo app will still be open in the background and if you want to open up another app just keep the Echo app open in the background - just minimize it - and you will retain the complete functionality of the brake controller. It should be noted that even if you lose connectivity between the Echo # C51180 and the app for...
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  • Will Curt Echo Brake Controller Apply Trailer Brakes When Bumps are Hit
  • The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 would not under normal circumstances apply the trailer brakes when you hit bumps. It does have an inertia sensor that looks for sudden changes in movement to apply the trailer brakes, but the brakes of the tow vehicle would have to be on for that to happen first. So if you were applying the brakes of your tow vehicle and you hit a large bump you might feel a momentary application of the trailer brakes but it would immediately release...
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  • Is Installing Brake Controller in 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Plug and Play
  • Yes, to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ brake controller part # TK90160 in your 2013 Land Rover Range Rover HSE all you need is the plug and play install harness part # 3035-P. This plugs right into the brake controller install port that's under your dash.
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  • Where is Brake Controller Install Harness on 1997 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The install harness needed to install the Tekonsha Voyager part # 39510 that you referenced in your truck is the part # 3020-P. This connects to the blue connector under the dash of your truck near the emergency brake pedal. See picture. I also attached an install video link that shows this harness installing a similar controller in a 1999 Dodge Ram for you to check out as well.
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  • Can Prodigy RF Brake Controller be Used with German Vehicle LED Trailer Taillight Adapter
  • The Prodigy RF Brake Controller part # 90250 can be used with a German Vehicle LED adapter part # C57003. This adapter basically just simulates the amperage draw of incandescent bulbs which the RV is perfectly compatible with. Order would not matter either. You could install either first without issue.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Not Working with Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Showing Connection and Voltage
  • It really sounds like everything on the brake controller side of the trailer brakes is working properly. It's showing a connection, voltage, and you can hear the brakes apply. I'd assume at this point the problem is the brakes on the trailer. Most likely they are out of adjustment or a blown grease seal is causing them to not be effective. On electric drum brakes there is a star wheel at the bottoms of the assemblies that you can turn using a flat head screw driver or brake adjusting...
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  • Can the Curt Echo C51180 Be Used On a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg With Factory Anti-Sway Fetaures
  • The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180 is indeed an excellent option for your 2016 Volkswagen Touareg. The concerns you have of the device interfering with the integrated features such as transmission shift point adjustments and anti-sway prevention are valid but not an issue with the Curt Echo. The device is simply a pass through that intercepts the brake output circuit and applies varying voltage accordingly. It even works with factory brake controllers as well. I...
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  • Wiring for Curt Echo Mobile Wireless Brake Controller and Adding Electric Brakes to a Trailer
  • The Curt Echo Brake Controller part # C51180 is a great choice because of its convenient and simple installation. The 7-way connector that you mention part # A10-7084VP pugs into the 4-way connector you purchased part # C56217. The white wire from the 7-way plug needs to be grounded to a clean bare metal surface on the vehicle's frame. You are correct, the black wire from the 7-way connector needs to be extended from the plug into the engine cavity and to a 40 amp circuit part # 9510...
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  • Tekonsha Brake Controller Shows N.C After Install On A 1995 Ford F-150
  • If you are using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers part # 3035-P with the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller part # TK90160 on your 1995 Ford F-150 then you do not need to attach an additional 12 volt power wire to the brake controller. However, the blue brake output wire on the vehicle near the spare tire will still need to be connected to the 7-way. If you take a look at the attached photo you will see an orange 12 volt power wire and a blue brake...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Brakes with Dexter DX2 Controller
  • The manual override lever does not move when you hit your brake pedal but the digital display will light up and give you a reading. The slide is only for the manual emergency braking or to apply additional braking pressure to your trailer as desired and should not move when you hit your brake pedal at all. The description you gave is that your manual override is sticking and not releasing the braking pressure some of the time which would definitely lead to burning up your brake shoes...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller Compatible with 2002 Lincoln Navigator with Factory 7-way and Tow Pkg
  • For your 2002 Lincoln Navigator I recommend you choose a brake controller based on the style desired inside your vehicle. If you want absolutely no changes to the inside of your vehicle, you can use the Curt Echo Wireless # C51180 which will use a mobile app for setup and manual override. If you want a hardwired system with minimal change to the dash of your vehicle, I recommend the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 which has a small dash insert option and uses the hardwired box in...
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  • 2018 Ford Edge Trailer Brake Controller Recommendation and 7-Way Trailer Connector
  • To add a brake controller to your factory 4-way, I recommend using the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller - 7-Way RV and 4-Way Flat - 10 Gauge Wires # ETBC7. This will give you the 7-way connector, the wiring, circuit breakers and tester needed to get the functions you are currently missing. Then you have the option of either hardwiring a brake controller or using a wireless brake controller. I recommend going with an option that gives you a clean look in your...
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  • Troubleshooting No Power to Brake Controller on 2007 Chevy Tahoe
  • Assuming you made the correct connections under the hood of your 2007 Chevy Tahoe (I have attached an article to assist that you can reference to be sure) it's very possible that you blew a fuse during the sparking incident. I recommend checking your copy of the owner's manual for any fuse locations related to these wires that you can check, replacing if needed. Your other option is to just bypass this factory wire altogether. To do this you can simply run the black wire from your Tekonsha...
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  • Troubleshooting Service Trailer Brakes Message on 2009 Silverado After Installing Brake Controller
  • It sounds like your 2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 was equipped with a factory integrated brake controller. We do have a great help article that details how to install an aftermarket unit like the Prodigy P3 # 90195 you referenced in order to avoid the error message, but if you have already installed the controller and are getting the dash message your best bet will be to take your truck up to a local Chevy dealer. They should be able to clear the message or flash the truck's computer so that...
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  • Installing Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller on 2016 Chevy Silverado with Tow Package
  • Installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Brake Controller # 90195 that you referenced on your 2016 Silverado is just a matter of using the Plug-In Adapter # 3016 that connects to the P3 at one end and to the factory port behind the dash of your truck at the other end. You should not need to make any additional connections under the hood. I have attached an installation video on the 2015 Silverado that you can use for reference as the process should be identical on your truck.
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  • Troubleshooting N.C. Error When Trying to Pair Tekonsha Prodigy RF with Dodge Caravan
  • Since it sounds like you are correctly following the pairing instructions for the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller # 90250 the n.c. error code you are continuing to get might actually be caused by something other than the controller. The Prodigy RF requires the 12V pin on the vehicle's 7-Way to be active. If you aren't getting proper power at this pin then it could be you are pairing the unit correctly but the system is not detecting a trailer connection because it's not being powered...
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  • Curt Echo Bluetooth Trailer Brake Controller C51180 Installation for 2015 Audi Q7 TDI
  • Yes, you will need an aftermarket trailer brake controller to equip your Audi Q7 for towing a trailer with brakes. The actual components included in an OEM "tow package" will vary by brand and model but the trailer brake controller itself is not included among them. If your Q7 has a factory 7-way connector similar to the one shown in the linked photo you have the option for an exceptionally easy brake controller installation. Curt's Echo Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 requires...
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  • Testing Brake Controller Wiring of 2011 Chevy Silverado for Installing P2 Brake Controller
  • The brake controller wiring of your 2011 Chevy Silverado does not use the standard colors we've found when installing a brake controller. What you'll need to do is test the wiring you found under the dash and wire the controller up to it accordingly. Using a circuit tester like part # ALL640595 test the wires you have. The wire that has voltage all the time is the 12 volt power and goes to black wire of the controller, the one that has voltage only when brakes are applied gets ran to red...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for Going from Air Brakes to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • The Warner Air Utility Brake Control # 1300-80 that you referenced is not compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes so if this is the controller you have it would be the reason the brakes aren't working. For a similar controller that IS compatible you'd want the Hayes Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller # HA100400C which installs the exact same yet was designed to also be compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes.
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  • Is There Typically a 40 Amp Fuse that Protects 12 Volt Accessory Circuit of 7-Way
  • Without knowing what vehicle you have it's harder to say, but if your 12 volt accessory circuit on your 7-way came from the factory wired up then there would be a fuse under the hood that protects this circuit and 40 amps is the common amperage rating for it.
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  • Can Curt Echo Brake Controller # C51180 Pair to Phone While Phone is Paired to Car
  • Yes, you can pair the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller # C51180 to your vehicle as well as pair your phone to your vehicle for playing music or navigation.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controller that Doesn't Apply Trailer Brakes
  • Does the controller show a connection to your trailer? Typically what you described is the result of a dirty trailer connector pin and all you need to do is clean off the pins and you're ready to go. But the P3 # 90195 would show "no connection" if this was the case. What I would recommend trying after cleaning the pins of the connector is unplugging the controller and replugging it back in to reset it. Sometimes that clears out weird internal errors. I attached a help article with more...
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  • No Power to Factory Brake Controller Adapter Port in 2003 Dodge Ram 2500
  • You are correct by checking the fuses first. Even if the 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 has a factory towing package with a 7-way that there may be some fuses missing from under the hood. I would double check the owners manual for all of the fuses and relays that power the factory towing package and their locations. If the appropriate fuses are present and you are not getting power from the vehicle's battery to the port you can bypass the black wire and run your own. Cut the black wire from the...
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  • Troubleshooting Lack of 12V Power to Electric Trailer Brake Controller on 2004 Freightliner XC
  • The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers # 3027-P is the correct wiring harness for your 2004 Freighliner XC Chassis. I recommend removing the harness and testing the pin with a circuit tester like # ALL640595 where the black wire connects to give power to your brake controller. If you don't have power at that pin, then I recommend checking your owners manual for fuses and relays. Unfortunately we don't have wiring schematics or owners manuals for every vehicle,...
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  • Troubleshooting the Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller Not Pairing
  • The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller # 90250 is a great unit, but the pairing instructions do leave quite a bit to be desired. The instructions show the double zero, but that double zero won't appear until the unit is paired. The biggest hindrance to pairing correctly is not going through all the steps when the unit isn't showing what you expect it to based on the instructions. Here is a run-down of the pairing procedure: Connect the RF unit to the tow vehicle,...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Controllers Trailer Disconnected Error Message
  • The cause for a trailer brake controller's "check trailer" or "trailer disconnected" error message is usually a bad connection on either the brake circuit wire or the ground wire. This could be from actual damage to the brake circuit wire (say from a hit from road debris), a loose ground or even simply some corrosion on the 7-way connectors' electrical contacts. Any of these things would interrupt the circuit connection and cause the controller to warn you about the loss of brake power...
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  • Proportional Braking System for 2002 Lexus RX 300 Towed Behind 2019 Coachmen Concord 300DS Class C
  • The 2019 Coachmen Concord 300DS Class C motorhome is built on either a Chevy 4500 V8 chassis or a Ford E-450 V10 chassis. A trailer brake controller such as the Redarc Tow-Pro Elite # 331-EBRH-ACCV2 can be installed in either base chassis but this type of device is for trailer towing, not dinghy towing of a towed car. If you are looking for a new supplemental braking system for towing the 2002 Lexus RX300 behind your Class C 300DS we can help you with that too. Proportional toad...
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  • Installaton of Curt Discovery Trailer Brake Controller on 2015 GMC Yukon
  • I assume you have the factory tow package on your 2015 GMC Yukon and if so the correct wiring adapter for your 2015 GMC Yukon to install the Curt Discovery Trailer Brake Controller # C51120 is the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers # C51451; this would be all you need and if you have something different that may be why you are having this issue. If you do not have the factory tow package on your 2015 Yukon, to install the Curt Discovery Trailer Brake Controller...
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  • Can Multiple Phones Be Used with Same Curt Echo Wireless Brake Controller?
  • The Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller - Wireless # C51180 will interface with the mobile device app on a smart phone or tablet. If you let someone borrow your truck or even just your brake controller, they will need to download the app and pair the device to their phone. Only one device can be paired with the device at a time, so even if numerous phones have the app, they won't interfere with each other as only one device will have the locked pairing at any given time. If your...
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