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How to Find the Stop Light Wire on a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500

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Trying to figure out what color wire on a 1997 Dodge 1500 is the cold side to wire in a trailer brake controller

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I do have an option for you but unfortunately we would not have access to the wiring diagram for a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. In order to find the cold side of the brake pedal which is the wire that will need to be spliced into to install a brake controller, you would need to test each wire with a circuit tester like part # 40376 for the wire that only receives power while the pedal is depressed. Once you find this wire you can use a quick splice connector like part # SWC501746-1 to avoid completely severing the wire.

Please keep in mind that if your Ram came with a factory 7-way then you will not need to splice into the vehicle's wiring as there is a plug-in harness available for the following brake controllers:

Curt - part # C51332

Tekonsha - part # 3020-P

Hayes - part # HA81782-HBC

Hopkins - part # HM47755

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