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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Express Van

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How to Install the Trailer Brake Controller on a 2005 Chevrolet Express Van


Today on our 2005 Chevrolet Express van, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller for one to three axels. Part number TK90160. To begin with, we'll go ahead and locate the four wires that are part of the factory tow package on this vehicle. You'll see they're right up here underneath the driver side dash, kind of near where the brake pedal is. On our brake controller, we get a short pigtail and it has four different color wires: a black, a red, a white and a blue. We'll go ahead and connect them using some butt connectors, so we'll be tying the blue wire off of our connector that goes in the back of the brake controller to the large blue wire on our factory wiring harness. The black wire off of our brake controller will tie in with the red wire with the white stripe off of our factory wiring harness.

This is the power wire. The white wire will tie in with the black wire. This is the ground wire. The red wire, which is a stop light or brake light switch, will get tied to the light blue wire on our factory wiring harness. Now that we have all of our connections made as well as being taped up, we need to go ahead and find a location inaudible 01:03 our brake controller. We're going to choose to use the plastic style that'll allow you to adjust the brake controller angle a little, as well as easily remove it if you so choose.

To install this, it's just two simple screws that come with the kit. We'll go ahead and choose our location on the lower dash here, but before we put the bracket into place using the screws, we'll check behind the dash to make sure nothing can be damaged behind the dash when we put the screws in. We'll then take the bracket, line it up on our location on the lower dash and install the two screws that come with the kit. Once we have the bracket in place, we'll take our four flat end that we just made our connections earlier with and connect it to the backside of the brake controller. With that done, we can slide our brake controller up into the bracket, locking the tabs in on each side. As far as the functions of the brake controller, the button on the top left is the boost feature button, the round knob on the left side is your power adjustment knob, there's a digital readout screen, and then there's a slide mounted on the right front; this is the manual override button. You've noticed once you've plugged the wiring harness into the back of the brake controller the brake controller was powered up, as well as having an NC which means there's no trailer connected.

We'll go ahead and hook up our trailer and we'll go through some of the other features. Showing how once you plug the trailer in, you get a C, which means the trailer is connected. When we push the manual override button, we can adjust the power level as well as the boost feature. With that, that'll conclude our installation of the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller for one to three axels. Part number TK90160 on our 2005 Chevrolet Express van.

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