Brake Controller Installation for 2007(New Body Style) - 2013 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado

Custom Fit Brake Controller

When you install a brake controller on a 2007(new body style) through 2013 GMC Sierra or Chevy Silverado, you will have additional wires under the hood which make the installation slightly different from a typical installation. The following will take you through step-by-step through this installation process.


Before installation begins, you will need 3 components:

  1. Brake controller
  2. Brake controller adapter - Draw-Tite 20127 or Tekonsha 7894
    • NOTE: Adapters are only required for brake controllers with a quick disconnect feature. Brake controllers with wires attached do not need an adapter.
  3. 7-way replacement adapter (unless already installed from the factory)




Installing the 7-Way Replacement Socket (PK11916)

If your vehicle already has a 7-way trailer connector, skip ahead to "Connecting the Brake Controller Adapter (20127) to the Factory-Installed Tow Package"


1. Begin at the rear of the vehicle, behind the bumper. Unplug the round 7-pole factory-installed plug that leads to the outside of the bumper.

The 7-pole factory-installed plug has been removed from inside the rear bumper.

2. Move around to the outside of the bumper. Remove the square knockout panel, located to the left of the license plate.

Pictured is the square knockout panel before it is removed. The square knockout panel has been removed.

3. With the square knockout panel removed, slide the 7-way replacement socket (PK11916) into the knockout hole. Line up the notches on the replacement socket with the notches in the knockout hole. Then rotate the replacement socket clockwise, locking it in place.

The 7-way replacement socket (PK11916) is rotating clockwise in the knockout hole. The 7-way replacement socket (PK11916) is fully rotated and secured in the knockout hole.

4. Return to the area behind the bumper. Insert the round 7-pole factory-installed plug (removed in step 1) into the 7-way replacement socket (installed in step 3).

The 7-pole factory-installed plug has been inserted into the 7-way replacement socket.

NOTE: It's always a good idea to use dielectric grease to help seal electrical connections. Water intrusion of the 7-way connector can cause shorts and corrosion in the wiring. In particular, shorting of the brake controller blue power wire may set off warning codes in the brake controller. Dielectric grease will keep moisture from compromising these connections.





Connecting the Brake Controller Adapter (20127) to the Factory-Installed Tow Package

For brake controllers without the quick disconnect feature, no adapter is necessary. If your brake controller has wires already attached to the back, skip ahead to "Mounting the Brake Controller (Draw-Tite Activator III - 5520)"


1. Below the steering column, there is a bundle of wires tied together with white tape, located left of the brake pedal. This bundle of wires is the tow package for the brake controller. Carefully cut the white tape binding the wires, and pull the wires down from underneath the steering column.

The tow package wires are located beneath the steering column to the left of the brake pedal, and they are bundled with white tape. The tow package wires have been pulled down from underneath the dash.

2. Connect the four wires on the brake controller adapter (20127) to the tow package wires. Follow the table below to connect the tow package wires and adapter wires using butt connectors.


Tow PackageBrake Controller Adapter
RedBlack
Dark BlueBlue
Light Blue or OrangeRed
WhiteWhite

3. Using electrical tape, bind the wires together.

The tow package wires have been connected to the brake controller adapter (20127) wires and have been bound with electrical tape.



Mounting the Brake Controller (Draw-Tite Activator III - 5520)

1. Choose an appropriate mounting location for the brake controller mounting bracket. A typical location is the lower right side of the dash, which allows easy access to the brake controller in the event of an emergency braking.


2. Using the screws provided, mount the mounting bracket into the dash. Make sure to avoid drilling through various components on the other side of the dash.


3. Using the screws provided, secure the brake controller into the mounting bracket.

The brake controller has been secured into the brake controller mounting bracket, located on the lower right side of the dash. This close-up of the brake controller shows its location on the lower right side of the dash, near the brake and gas pedals.

4. Plug the adapter (20127) into the back of the brake controller (5520).

The red light indicates the brake controller has been connected to the brake controller adapter.

5. With the brake controller mounted and connected, zip tie any loose, excess wires underneath the dash. Do not allow the wires to interfere with the brake and gas pedals, and keep them away from areas of excessive heat.





Finalizing Connections for the Brake Controller

1. Under the hood, remove the cover for the power distribution box, located on the driver's side.

The power distribution box is located on the driver side under the hood. Here the cover has been removed.

2. The ring terminal for brake controller power is located directly to the right of the power distribution box. It is taped to a wire harness between the driver-side front fender and the power distribution box. Cut the tape to release it from the harness. Then run the wire to the front of the power distribution box and hook the ring on the left post (M6 stud).

The ring terminal for brake controller power is located directly to the right of the power distribution box and is taped to a wire harness. The brake controller power wire has been run to the front of the power distribution box and hooked on the left post (M6 stud).

3. The ring terminal for the 12-volt power lead for the 7-way trailer connector is located to the left of the power distribution box. It is taped to a wire harness under the power brake booster. Cut the tape to release it from the harness. Then run the wire to the front of the power distribution box and hook the ring on the right post (M8 stud).

The ring terminal for the 12-volt power lead for the 7-way trailer connector is located to the left of the power distribution box.

4. Tighten the ring terminals onto the posts using nuts (M6 and M8 nuts available separately).


5. Activate the brake controller power post by inserting an automotive style 30-amp fuse into the correct slot in the power distribution box.


6. Activate the 12-volt power lead post by inserting an automotive style 40-amp fuse into the correct slot in the power distribution box.


NOTE: Most vehicles are already equipped with the fuses listed in steps 5 and 6. However, if your vehicle does not have one or both fuses, you will need to insert your own fuses.


7. Place the cover back onto the power distribution box, and close the hood.





Questions and Comments about this Article

Paul M.

I have a first year new body style sierra Denali 2007.5. Looking for the connection harness up under the dash and I dont see it. do you have a better/bigger picture showing this harness?

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Reply from Chris R.

Take a look at the install video I linked below that shows the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Controller being installed on the 2007 model Sierra. This should hopefully give you a better glimpse of where exactly that factory harness is located. Sometimes it can be pretty hidden behind and up the dash, so you may need to dig around a bit. 58631

Jim W.

2008 Sierra sly 2500 hd diesel..I have tested running and off..the ground pin at the rear is working...if I run a separate wire from stud 1 to rv plug is that okay...i am out of ideas..

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Reply from Chris R.

If all the fuses are good there's likely an issue with the factory wiring between the battery and 7-Way. You can definitely just run your own power wire from the 12V pin to the positive battery post via a breaker like # 9510 with 10 gauge wiring # 10-1-1 . This will simply bypass the factory wiring for that circuit, resolving your issue without having to spend more time (and money) troubleshooting. 57721

Jimwinslow

In regards to your reply.....all of the connections etc. That you mentioned are hot..active and working at the fuse box...I HAVE NO RV 12 VOLT POWER AT FLAT 7 AT 1OCLOCK....ALL FUSES GOOD AND TRAILER BRAKE WORKS AND STUD 1 HAS FUSE AND POWER????WHAT AM I MISSKNG..MY PLAN IS TO RUN A SINGLE WIRE FROM 1 STUD TO FLAT 7 RV POWER WHICH IS THE ONLY THING NOT WORKING???WHAT TO DO???

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Reply from Chris R.

Can you tell me what model/year truck you have? Are you testing the 12V pin with the ignition on or off? Some trucks will only have this pin activated when the vehicle is running. 57642

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