Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500

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


Today on this 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we're going to show you the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller. Part number 39523. All right, this is what the brake controller looks like when it's installed in the truck. First off, this is a very simple and easy to use unit. It's great for a trailer. This has one or two brake axis.

Without a trailer hooked up, you won't have any indication that it's working. When you do have a trailer hooked up, you'll see a green light indication right here. This slide knob right here is our manual override. This actually controls the electric brakes on a trailer by themselves. More, less.

You also have an indication on the light here as it changes from green to red. Then this knob here controls the total output all the way up. All the way up is also full power. All the way down is low power or basically off. You can set this anywhere in between and you can fine tune it by the indicator here. If I hold it back over.

If I run it all the way back up, you get a solid red indication. If I run it back down, it can actually go back to green like it's not working. Then you go anywhere in between with the colors, anywhere inaudible 00:01:28 orange. Typically, a good place to start is when the yellow just starts to turn red. That's about halfway.

You can then take your trailer on a test drive and see how it feels. If you want more power, just go up just a little bit or less, just go down a little bit. Now this brake controller has a time delay unit which means the brakes come on at a pre-determined rate set by the manufacturer of the brake controller. If I hit the brake pedal, you can see how it goes from green to red. That's as I hold down the brake pedal. The brake's going to be on on the trailer. If I let off, the brakes going to be off. I think about the time delayed brake controllers that we have mounted in this location here, if we wanted to, we can actually flip it or even put sideways depending on personal preference. There's really no limitations on mounting this brake controller except you just want to have it easy access to it to make adjustments. Very simple. Let's go ahead and install it. Now to help us go between the brake controller and the port underneath the dash of the truck, we'll be using part number 3016. The Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for Electric Brake Controllers. To begin our install, we'll go ahead and work for our adapter cord first. We need to go underneath the dashboard here and remover the cover on this junction block right here. Looks like there's a couple of catches on the side here on the right hand side and one on the driver's side. It looks like our adapter cord plugs in this slot right here. It's above a larger slot here. We'll push it in until it snaps into place. Now at this point, let's go ahead and run our cable towards the top and put our cover back into place. Make sure you have easy access to our cord. At this point we can go ahead and install a bracket for our brake controller. This is the pod brake controller right here and this is our bracket. The bracket has both the holes line up with the holes on the brake controller. You can mount it as close to the dash or far away. It actually has some tilt to it as well. Since this is a solid state brake controller, you can actually mount it at this angle here or anywhere you want. Mount it like in this style here where you read the pod or you can flip it over and have it face at a different angle. It still says pod. We're going to mount ours at an angle like this. Put it about right here. We still have easy access to it so let's take our brake controller out of the way. We'll line up with the edge right here I think and we'll install one screw. This is a self-tapping screw that requires a quarter inch nut driver. I'll go ahead and make sure it's in a straight line with the vehicle and install our second screw. With our bracket done, let's go ahead and take our cords from our brake controller and I'll plug it into our adapter cord. Push two together, put our brake controller in place. The same style screws will go right into the marks in the side of the brake controller. Now, let's take a zip tie, hide our wire underneath and we'll be good to go. When it first installed, locating a response by touching the manual override or the brake pedal. Next we'll go ahead and plug a trailer into our truck and try it then. We see a green for connection. That means our brake controller sees our trailer. We'll go ahead and move the manual override and you can see how the LED changes from green to red. That shows our manual override's working. We'll go ahead and check our brake pedal and we'll see a response in the same way. With that, that'll finish it for the Tekonsha PowerTrac Electronic Brake Controller. Part number 39523 on our 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. .


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