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  • Installation Of Hayes Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller
  • The Hayes Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional # HA100400C mounts to the inside of your 2007 Nemar Essex at the dash just like other electric brake controllers will. It needs to be installed on the inside of the vehicle for proper function. It has a slide bar override that needs to be within reach for emergency trailer braking. The wiring connects just the same as an electric brake controller. Blue is trailer brake output, red is stop light swith, white...
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  • How to Complete Hardwire Installation of Hayes Synchronizer Brake Controller
  • I'd be happy to assist with that. In addition to the # HA81725 Hayes Synchroinizer brake controller, you'll need a universal wiring harness, part # HA81789-HBC and our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit includes everything necessary to install a brake controller in your vehicle, with the exception of the controller itself and a 4-pole trailer wiring harness for the vehicle. If you click the provided link, you can see some FAQ articles about installing a brake...
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  • Recommended Electric Over Hydraulic Trailer Brake Conversion for Dual 10K Axles
  • The Disc Brake Kit # K2R1058D13 by Kodiak is the brake set that you will need to use for your 10,000 lb Dexter Torsion axles. When it comes to hardware, like the brake line, I recommend going with the Kodiak Hydraulic Brake Line Kit # 24TA-BLKIT which will wear better than other traditional brands. These lines are very flexible so the line is easy to maneuver under the trailer. The only downfall is that you cannot cut the line due to how hard and risky it is to do yourself. All you have...
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  • Brake Controller in a Volvo 780 VNL Semi for Towing Trailer with Electric Brakes
  • Since your Volvo 780 semi has air brakes the part # HA100400C that you referenced would work well as it is designed to tap into your air brake system and apply a proportional amount of braking power to your trailer's brakes as it senses coming through your air brake system. If you are looking for the best option this is what I would go with as it's going to give you a way to apply the same amount of pressure as your semi brakes are applying.
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  • Troubleshooting OC Code on a Hayes Genesis Brake Controller
  • You wired up your Hayes Genesis Trailer Brake Controller # HA81790 properly to your 2006 Toyota Tundra. The problem is most likely at the 7-way connector at the rear of your vehicle (if there is one). OC would mean open circuit, which means that the trailer is not connected. The brake controller does not recognize a connection to the trailer. On some brake controllers it will also show OC if you are using a brake controller with an electric over hydraulic braking system on your trailer...
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  • Can Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control be Used with Tekonsha RF Brake Controller
  • From your vehicle's trailer wiring connector you'd want to plug in the Prodigy RF part # 90250 and then you'd plug the Hayes Swaymaster # HA81775 into that and from there your trailer's wiring. I attached a link to the RF brake controller instructions as well as a picture that covers how the Sway Master installs.
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  • Will Hayes Electronic Sway Control System Work With GM Vehicles With Integrated Brake Controller
  • The Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System, part # HA81775 will work with your enclosed snowmobile trailer. If you have an integrated brake controller on your GM vehicle I am sorry but they will not be compatible. There are some GM vehicles, either Chevrolet or GMC that have tow packages without the brake controller and the # HA81775 would work. So, bottom line is if you have a GM vehicle with an integrated brake controller the electronic sway control system will not work...
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  • Availability of a Custom Wiring Adapter for a Brake Controller on a 2017 Ram ProMaster 2500
  • For the 2017 Ram ProMaster 2500 van, the wiring to connect a brake controller will have to be both installed and spliced into existing OEM wiring. There are no custom plug in wiring harness available for this model vehicle. To install a brake controller, like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 # 90885, a 4-way wiring harness and a 7-way trailer connector will need to be installed. For the 4-way harness I recommend the Tekonsha T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, # 118618. This harness is designed...
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  • Can a RV with Air Brakes Have an Electric Brake Controller Installed
  • That's actually what we recommend the most for people towing trailers with electric brakes that have tow vehicles with air brakes. Installing a P2 part # 90885 will allow you to totally bypass having to interface with the air system and will work very well. Hardwiring a brake controller isn't too difficult. It basically is just a matter of running a few wires. One to the positive post of the battery, one to the ground, one to the trailer connector, and then one to the stoplight circuit. I...
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  • Flashing OC Code on Hayes Genesis Trailer Brake Controller When Vehicle is Off
  • A brake controller like your Hayes Genesis # HA81790 displays the "OC" message when there is an open circuit, which simply means that the trailer is not connected or the controller does not recognize a connection to the trailer. Since it is coming on when your vehicle is off, I recommend checking the vehicle and trailer connectors for any dirt or corrosion that could be causing this message to appear. Also, simply sliding the manual override on the brake controller all the way, then...
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  • Troubleshooting Cruise Control Not Working After Brake Controller Install
  • Sounds like you connected the red (stoplight switch circuit) wire to the wrong circuit on your truck. When the cruise control on a vehicle starts acting up that is a tell-tale sign that the wrong circuit is being used for the red wire. What you want to do is use a circuit tester like part # PTW2993 to test the wires near the brake pedal to find the circuit that only sees 12 volts when the brakes are applied and none when the brakes are released. Correcting this should take care of both...
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  • Installing an Electric Trailer Brake Controller in a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Since you already have a 7-way trailer connector and a brake controller all you should need is the adapter to connect the controller. That's assuming the 7-way is factory installed. If you've installed it yourself, or had it installed aftermarket let me know. If it's a factory 7-way there's going to be a connector under the dash above the steering column not far from where it goes through the firewall. The connector you're looking for probably has a green cover over it. Once you...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes That Intermittently Lock Up With any Brake Pressure
  • Sounds like the problem is on the trailer's wiring as the issue you are having has shown up with two different tow vehicles. The most likely situation you have is that your brake light circuit is shorting out to your brake output circuit which is causing your trailer brakes to apply fully when the brakes are applied. Do you notice the brakes applying or locking up when the blinker is applying as well? If so, that blinker circuit on your trailer wiring is shorting to the brake output...
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  • What Is Needed to Use the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System Part # HA81775
  • As long as your trailer has electric or electric-over-hydraulic brakes and the tow vehicle has a has a fully functioning 7-way then the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System part # HA81775 will work well for you. You will not need any sort of progressive braking assembly or kit. If you don't already have a brake controller, I recommend using the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Trailer Brake Controller part # 90885 which is one of our best selling brake controllers due to its ease of...
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  • Does Computer have to be Flashed to Install a Brake Controller in a 2016 Ford F-150
  • You will not have to flash the computer on your 2016 Ford F-150 to install the Hayes Genesis brake controller # HA81790. I do recommend using the vehicle specific wiring harness # HA81794-HBC instead of a universal one that you would have to splice into the Ford harness. If you use the vehicle specific harness you can just plug the controller straight into the truck without having an intermediate harness between the 2.
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  • Error Code Explanations for the Hayes Genesis Brake Controller part # HA81790
  • I attached a picture that I took from the installation instructions for the Hayes Genesis Brake Controller part # HA81790 that shows what the various codes mean and the possible causes for them.
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  • How to Install and Remove the Connector on Hayes Universal Wiring Adapter # HA81789-HBC
  • The Hayes Universal Wiring Adapter # HA81789-HBC that you referenced is intended to plug into the back of a compatible Hayes brake controller such as their Genesis # HA81790 and then hard-wire to your vehicle using the 4 wire leads. The plug portion on the adapter is not intended to mate with any connectors on your 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup. There are other brands of brake controllers that do use adapters with plugs on both ends, one for the controller and one for the vehicle, such...
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  • What Does a CL or cl Code Mean on a Brake Controller
  • I did some research and found that on some brake controllers, the "cl" code stands for Current Limit. This indicates that the brake controller has sensed a power requirement greater than its recommended output. This could result from an intermittent short to ground, a faulty brake magnet, or too many brakes connected to the controller. Some brake controllers like the Hayes Engage, # HA81760, are designed for 2 - 6 brakes (up to 3 axles). But others like the Hayes Synchronizer, # HA81725...
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  • Installing Hayes Energize III Brake Controller on 2012 Chevrolet Silverado
  • To install your Hayes-Lemmerz Engerize III 81741B in your 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, you will want to use the Hayes Universal Wiring Adapter # HA81789-HBC. This universal adapter will need to be hardwire installed for your Silverado. Hayes does not offer a wiring harness that will plug into the brake controller port under the dash, if your truck has one. I have attached a help article on installing a brake controller in a 2007-2013 Silverado for you. This help article will walk you...
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  • Troubleshooting a Brake Controller that is Sending Max Voltage on Brake Output Circuit
  • Sounds like you need to test the brake controller so we can narrow down where the problem is. 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 # PTW2993, 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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  • Will the Hayes Electronic Sway Control System Part # HA81775 Work with Factory Brake Controllers
  • I called my contact at Hayes about the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System part # HA81775 and they stated that they do not recommend using the above device on any vehicle with a factory integrated brake controller. Therefore no, the Hayes Sway Master Electronic Sway Control System will not work on your 2015 Ram 2500 with the factory brake controller. In order to use this device on your 2015 Ram 2500 you will need to replace the factory brake controller with an aftermarket...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Genesis Brake Controller That Applies Minimum Braking During Sudden Stops
  • It sounds like your Hayes Genesis Brake Controller # HA81790 is not sensing the deceleration of your truck and trailer so it is not applying more than the minimum braking power when you apply the brakes. During sudden stops you should see the controller the maximum braking power you designate. This typically means that your brake controller is not mounted correctly. Because this controller operates with an internal inertia sensor, it must be mounted between -35 degrees and 90 degrees...
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  • Where Does Stoplight Circuit Get Sourced for Install of Hayes Brake Controller HA100400C
  • Actually when you wire in the Hayes Brake Controller part # HA100400C you use the vehicle's wiring and not the trailer wiring. You would need to find a stop light circuit for the red wire of the controller. Typically this is found at the brake pedal switch or in some case the wiring to the third brake light is used. I attached a help article on brake controller installs for you to check out as well.
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  • Troubleshooting Genesis Brake Controller that Reads 99 instead of 40 When Braking
  • Have you tried adjusting the gain of the controller down to 40? You probably already tried that but I figured I would at least mention it. What is the angle of the controller? It has to be installed in the range of angles that you see in the attached picture to work properly. Does the controller immediately read 99 when you touch the brakes? That would indicate a short on the brake output circuit most likely to a stoplight circuit. You would need to go over the wiring of the connectors...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Engage Brake Controller Showing BF Error Code
  • According to the operating instructions (I'll email you a copy) the bF error code indicates that there's a short somewhere in the brake output circuit, which is the blue wire that exits the rear of the controller and delivers the voltage to the trailer brakes through the trailer connector. Several things might be causing this. The first thing you will want to do is sever the blue wire from a few inches behind the brake controller. Leave enough wire so you can reconnect it later. Then...
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  • Troubleshooting Hayes Genesis Brake Controller HA81790
  • If there is a problem in your Hayes Genesis trailer brake controller # HA81790 that is causing the issue with the truck and trailer brake lights it will probably still occur on the truck alone if the trailer is unplugged. I suggest disconnecting the trailer plug from the 7-way socket and then checking to see if the problem persists. If you can borrow another trailer for testing that can help determine if the problem is on the truck or trailer side. If the truck brake lights behave...
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for Tow Vehicle with Air Brakes
  • For your 2015 F650 tow truck with air brakes, I recommend the Hayes Air Actuated Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 4 Axles - Proportional # HA100400C. This controller senses the amount of pressure applied to your brakes and then smoothly applies the trailer brakes in proportion. It has the slide bar manual override and will work on trailers with up to 8 brake assemblies. I've attached a review video and installation instructions to assist.
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  • Troubleshooting OC Error Code on Hayes Engage Trailer Brake Controller HA81760
  • With the Hayes Engage Trailer Brake Controller # HA81760 the code OC indicates that the controller does not sense an electrical connection to the trailer brakes, or that the trailer has electric-over-hydraulic brakes which do not work with this unit. Since you also have an issue with your tail lights staying on the problem is almost surely corrosion inside the trailer connectors. Corrosion can build up inside a vehicle's socket and inside a trailer's plug and sometimes it is hard...
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  • Troubleshooting Short-Circuit Code on Hayes Genesis Trailer Brake Controller HA81790
  • If three identical Hayes Genesis # HA81790 brake controllers have had the same issue with displaying the short-circuit (SC) code after a few months of operation, then I would consider carefully inspecting the trailer and vehicle connectors for signs of corrosion, trapped dirt or moisture that could be causing a short. Corrosion in a connector can cause two circuits to become bridged together; this could easily cause the SC error code. You can also make sure the brake circuit wire has...
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  • Is There a Harness for Brake Controller on 2016 Jeep Renegade?
  • All brake controllers on your 2016 Jeep Renegade, including one such as the Hayes # HA81792BB, will need to be hardwired in as there is no compatible harness. Due to the difficulty in locating the stoplight wire it is recommended to get your brake controller professionally installed. The brake controller I strongly recommend is the Prodigy P3 # 90195; it is the most popular model we carry due to its effectiveness and ease of use. It will activate your trailer's brakes immediately in...
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