Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500


Today on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 we're going to be installing the DrawTite Activator 4. This time delayed trailer brake controller is designed for use with one, up to four axles. Its part number is 5-5-0-4. We're also going to be using the Tekonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter part number 3-0-1-6. This is what the Activator 4 is going to look like once we get it installed in the vehicle. As you can see, it's a nice compact, clean looking setup, mounted nicely right up underneath the dash here on our Silverado. This is going to give us a full digital readout.

The gain, you can see here, that's going to be the power output to our trailer. We can adjust this all the way up and down just depending on the load on our trailer. The more weight we've got, the more gain we want to be able to control that. And that'll go all the way down to a zero setting. This is a time delayed system so it's going to activate the brakes over a period of time rather than being proportional which kind of reacts to the input that you've got here, and what the truck's doing. This is going to give us a zero, all the way up to a nine, as far as our sync setting.

So currently we move our gain all the way up and I'll give you a demonstration. With that sync setting being set into the highest setting . Excuse the beeping, I have to have the key on to illustrate what we're looking at here, but you can see in the highest setting, it's going to get right up to maximum power rather quickly. As we bring this down, it's going to move a little bit more slowly up to high power, and as we bring it all the way down, you can see a very gradual increase up to that power. What this is going to do for us, it's going to allow us to customize the feel the brake's in, and kind of adjust how quickly and rapidly the brakes are going to 'gage in the back, or how slowly and how smoothly they're going to engage. Now these are are always only going to go up to our maximum setting, so whether we're at 6.5, 2, 10, it's only going to go up until that point.

The same for our main lever operation here on the front. As we move that all the way over it's just going to peak at whatever we've got our max setting set to, and we can gradually adjust that anywhere in between, just depending on the brake pressure that we need at that time. Now to begin our installation we're going to pull down this black cover, this is going to cover up some wiring that's in there behind it. It uses two pull out tabs here to lock it, and then it's got one just like this on the inside, you can't really see it from where you're at. Now I'm just going to take a little hook in there and get right behind that tab and I'm just going to pull out slightly. It's not a hard thing to do.

Once you have it pulled out, just kind of hold out on that. Then all we'll have to do is release our lower tab, there, and our upper tab, and that cover's just going to come right off, right out and down. And we're going to go into our plug right here. Now we'll bring the white end of our plug, you can see the one side's got the little tab there, kind of like the push release. That should go toward the driver's side. Bring that up and in, these two tabs, slide in, you can see it right there, there's a little ridge there and then there's another one down there you can't see. Slide that in, give it a good push from the back side, there we go, you'll hear it click in there. That's perfect. Now, we're going to take this black end, we're going to go right up over this wiring here, just like that, and then I'm going to tuck it right up over that inaudible 00:03:35. You see, that's going to rise right through that little area there, it'll come out over the top, and then we'll have great access to it once we get our cover back on. We'll bring that right back over, just click it right back into place, nice and easy. Our pigtail's out right here where we can get to it. It's time to get our bracket positioned. This can be positioned anywhere we'd like and along our dashboard, so we'll make sure you keep it out of the way, use some caution here on the left side of the dash, your knee may make contact as you're trying to get in and out, so I'd watch that area. The right side's usually the better side to pick, I'm going right underneath here, there's a nice factory screw, we're going to use that screw to secure our bracket right up here. Rip that out, we'll find a good position for our bracket. We can actually slide it in behind that plastic tab, give us a little extra support. You can see once we have that tight, it's not going anywhere. Now we'll grab our brake controller. This'll get plugged into the pigtail that we installed, we'll give it the ol' push-pull, make sure it's in there nice and secure. And we can use two of the supplied self-tapping screws, figure out what our best location to mount our controller will be. I like to get it up as high as possible. So we'll try that first set, that top set of holes. If that doesn't work, we can come down to the second set. Yeah, we can get to our buttons there without any kind of issue. Now we'll take a zip tie here on the underside, and we can go around that pigtail and plug, and then also there's a nice factory loom there we can go around, and that'll just keep anything from falling down while we're heading down the road. We will take our sidecutters or snips and trim that excess off, and we're set to go. And that'll complete today's Luck of the DrawTite Activator 4, part number 5-5-0-4, also using the Tekonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter, part number 3-0-1-6, on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. .


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