Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2017 Ram 1500

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2017 Ram 1500


Today, in our 2017 RAM 1500, we will be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160, in conjunction with the Tekonsha wiring adapter, part number 3024-P. Here's what our brake controller looks like installed. You can see it's a nice compact unit that's easily tucked up underneath our dash, but yet, still within easy reach while we're driving for our manual override here, our gain adjustment knob off to the left side, and then our boost control button here, or we can increase the boost level for our extra braking assist when we need it. We have three different level settings for that, one, two, three, and then off. Reengage your manual override, we can apply the brakes on our trailer without applying the brakes on our truck. This will allow us to bring the trailer back in line behind us if it starts to step out a little sideways. Now, the reason that you want a brake controller on your truck is if you're towing a trailer that has electric brakes, you need to have a way to control them.

That's what the brake controller does. If your vehicle is not equipped with one from the factory, this is the perfect solution for you. Now, what sets this brake controller apart from other models out there is it's a high quality model with very easy to use features. There's no extra gimmicks that you don't need. It has your manual override.

It has your gain control, and your boost control. Very simple and easy to use and it gets the job done for you in a cost effective manner. Now, unlike some other brake controllers out there, this controller will control up to three axles for you. Some other brake controllers out there are limited to only controlling two axles. Now that we've gone over some of the features, we'll show you how to get it installed. The first thing we're going to want to do is find our factory brake controller plug located underneath our dash, above and in front of our accelerator pedal.

We'll grab it, pull it down so we can work with it a little bit. Our brake controller plug that we're using is this one over here to the left. There's an auxiliary plug for something else here to the right. We'll just separate the two by undoing this tape. We'll tape this one back up so it's protected and stick that back up underneath the dash.

We'll take our adapter plug here, and plug it in. We can stick the rest up under the dash a little bit, leaving us our end here to work with. Now we need to find a place to mount our bracket. Right here, we just take this factory screw out. It's a seven millimeter. Take our bracket, put the screw back through it and reinstall it. You can mount this bracket a couple different ways, but we're just doing it this way so we don't have to drill any holes through our plastic panel on our dash. Slide this over all the way. Bend that down. Take our brake controller and we'll plug it in. Slide it onto our bracket and we'll install it into place with a couple of the provided screws. All right, that screw's tightened down, our brake controller's installed. That completes our installation of the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160 on our 2017 RAM 1500.


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