Installing Trailer Brake Controller and 7-way Trailer Wiring Harness on 1997 Chevy Silverado


I have a 1997 chevy z71 silverado 1/2 ton . how do I wire this truck and do you have any diagrams so I can have brakes and lighting for my new trailer which is a seven pole round connnedtor at the trailer

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To prepare your Silverado for towing, you will need a brake controller, the install kit # ETBC7, and the T-1 connector, part # 118315 to tap into the truck lighting circuits.

Although we offer many different brake controllers, I would recommend a proportional-type controller like the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, part # 90885. A proportional controller has an internal sensor that can detect how quickly and at what intensity the tow vehicle is braking, and will then send the appropriate amount of voltage to the trailer brakes so that both the vehicle and trailer stop at the same rate. This leads to a more efficient, safe and predictable braking action.

The Brake Controller Install Kit, part # ETBC7 includes everything necessary to install the controller in your truck.

We have several online resources that will walk you through the install process. We have a Brake Controller Install Guide as well as an install video that contains a lot of information that you will find helpful. The video shows the install on a 1993 Suburban, but the procedure would be identical on your Silverado. If you will follow the links below, you will be taken to the install guide and installation video.

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