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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ford F-150

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2017 Ford F-150


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Ford F-150 we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller. Part number TK90160. With that we'll also be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter for electric brake controllers, Part number 22292. This is what our brake controller looks like when it's installed. This is going to be a proportional brake controller. What that means is when you apply the brakes in your towing vehicle, the brakes in your towed vehicle are applied at the same time as opposed to a time delayed when you apply the brakes in your towing vehicle, it's going to take a couple seconds for the brakes to be applied in the towing vehicle.This right here on the side, this button is going to be your manual override.

When you apply that is in an emergency situation, maybe you're having to slow down pretty quick. You push that button. The brakes in the trailer are going to be applied without having to apply the brakes in the towing vehicle. This rolling button here, this is going to help you adjust, fine tune the braking that you have in your trailer. What that means is you're going to adjust this so that when you apply your brakes in your towing vehicle, the brakes in your trailer don't lock up.

You can take this all the way to 11 and you can go all the way down to 0. This button here is going to be for our boost. You're going to have three settings.Right now we have it set at 0. We have our gain set at 5.1. What that means is when it's set at 0, you apply the brakes in your truck.

Your trailer brakes are going to be applied at the same time. What that's going to do is it's going to start at 0 and it's going to climb to 5. whatever your gain is set at 5.1, 5.0 all the way up to 11. The higher the trailer weight, the higher the boost setting you want to go or you want to set it. What that means is when you apply the brakes in your truck, the trailer brakes instead of starting at 0, we're going to start at let's say, they'll start at 3 and climb up to whatever your gain is set at.

Which means that the brakes in the trailer are going to be applied just a little bit quicker in turn saving the brakes on the truck. The trailer is going to slow down itself without having the truck slow down the trailer.As you can see there's a C on the screen here that's indicating that we are connected to our trailer. In the event that our trailer becomes disconnected, it's going to show an NC on the screen, saying not connected. Now that we've gone over some of the features let's show you how to get it installed.Now this is going to be our wiring adapter. What we need to do is behind the dash we need to locate the end that's going to plug into this. Right behind this little cubby hole right here, that wiring connection plugs into the back of it, so what we have to do is we have to go up under the dash, kind of reach back over there to pull it out, to get our connection. You can see right here, this is going to be our plug we're going to be plugging our adapter into. Before we plug it in, we need to figure out how we're going to route our adapter wire so it stays hidden behind the dash.What we're going to do next is this panel right here that runs across the bottom of my dash, I'm going to pull this off. There's going to be two screens. You're going to have one on this side and you're going to have one on the passenger's side the same. We're going to take a 7 mm socket and remove those two bolts. Bam. The second thing I'm going to do is plug in my wiring and my adapter, into my wiring harness. I'm going to stick it up behind the panel like that. Our customer wants the brake controller mounted right here. What I am going to try to do here is get this so that all my wiring is behind the dash and the only thing that you may be able to see if you get down is a little bit of this wiring right here on the bottom of this plug.What I'm going to do is my wires here that are colored that are sticking out of the bottom of this, I'm actually going to take some electrical tape. I'm going to wrap them so they're black and they kind of match the panel. I'm going to leave this loose until I get this into place where I want it. Next I'll take one of my included screws and we're going to screw this in first before we put our bracket on. Now that we have lined it, we got it set where we want it. We'll go ahead and mount our bracket into place. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to hook up my brake controller and get it put into my bracket so I can make sure my wire is adjusted in or out from behind the panel enough and then I'll put my panel back in place. You can we have our brake controller is working. Go ahead and reinstall the screw here on the side.That will do it for a look at an installation on a Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160 on our 2017 Ford F-150.


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