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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado


Today on this 2011 Chevy Silverado, were gonna install the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Brake Controller part number 90160.Our first step is to identify the manufacturers wires that we need to make our connection as seen here under the dash that theyve taped up. Im gonna go ahead and cut that connection and pull them free.The manufacturer has five wires here. Were actually only going to use four of them. The orange one will not be used. The red wire with the black stripe, were gonna match it up with our black wire that goes to the pigtail that well connect with our brake controller. Ill go ahead and make that connection now.The red wire with the black stripe is gonna be our power.

Ill go ahead and put my butt connector on there. Dark blue is the auxiliary power that sends the brake signal back to our 7-pole connector. Lets go ahead and put our connector on there also. Next, we have a blue wire with the white stripe brake switch signal thatll trigger our brake controller. And the fourth one that well use is the white wire, this will be our ground wire and well match up color for color with our 4-Pole connector thatll run directly into the back of our brake controller.Lets go ahead and take our brake controller in.

You see the four wires coming out of the connector for the brake controller and well make our connections with our butt connector we just installed. Our white wires will go color for color. The red wire on our 4-Pole connector is the break signal switch, so we will connect to the blue wire with a white tracer. Our red wire from the manufacturer side connect with the black wire. Dark blue for dark blue in the manufacturer for our 4-Pole connector.Now Im gonna go ahead and take some black electrical tape and wrap up my wires and well roll them up a little bit and go to mounting our brake controller.Now were gonna go ahead and set our mounting bracket for our brake controller.

With my brake controller mount in, we can go ahead and make our connection with the brake control connector here, and set our brake controller in the mount.Now Im gonna take a couple of zip ties, were gonna roll our wires up, wrap them up and tuck them nicely up underneath the dash.Next, were gonna get underneath the hood and were gonna remove the fuse panel box cover. Over hear between the fuse box and fender is the red wire tape to one of the main harness that is coming in to the fuse box. You need to cut the wire free and route it over here to one of the terminals. Lets go ahead and do that now.Now we got our wire free, well run it over here to the large post, well go ahead and install a nut. This red wire will send the power directly to our brake controller.Now weve got another wire that we can route.

Itll send the 12-volt feed back to our 7-Pole connector at the back of the truck. That wire is located down here underneath the brake master cylinder and booster. Just see some of the red wires sticking out around what has been taped up off to the main wiring harness. Go ahead and cut it free and pull it to the fuse box also. This one, as you can see, is a much smaller diameter end, well put that in the smaller terminal on our fuse box. Im gonna install a nut and then well go ahead and tighten them both down.Now we got everything tightened down, Im just gonna take some black zip ties and secure our wires. Now we can go ahead and reinstall the cover.With all wires connected and our cover reinstalled, that completes the installation of our Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Brake Controller on our 2011 Chevy Silverado.


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RJ 03/28/2014

I have a 2010 Silverado. would this video also apply for my truck?ThanksRJ 3297

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Patrick B 03/31/2014

Yes sir. That whole generation, 2007 (New Body) to 2013 will all wire a brake controller the same way if the truck has a factory 7-Way connector at the rear. I have added a link to a Tech Article on brake controllers for that generation of GM trucks that should be pretty handy. 2469


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