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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Takonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller. This is a proportional controller that works for one up to four axles. Part number is 90195. Also, to complete the install we're going to be using the Takonsha Plug-in Wiring Adapter for Electronic Brake Controllers. Part number on that, 3016. With our load tester connected, as I start to slide over the manual override, you're slowly going to see that both the current and the voltage increasing.

Depending on how rapidly we press that lever, it's going to be how quickly that signal's going to go to the back. Here you can see as part of our diagnostic function, when there's no trailer connected we'll typically just have our blue screen. If we try to operate it, it's going to show us no trailer connection, no trailer connection. That's also something that will come on if we we're heading down the road and we we're to lose our plug, or lose our connection in the back. It's going to indicate that, flash that to let us know we need to check it out. Right here you can see our power adjustment, or what they call the gain adjustment.

This is adjustable by the tenth. All the way up to fourteen point two, so we can really fine tune our adjustments here, get it set right where we want, and just simply select okay. Another neat thing about the P3, it's fully customizable. If we go into our setup menu, then we go to display, we've got brightness, color, and contrast that are all options, we can set our brake type here, whether we're using electric or hydraulic, and we've also got the trouble shooting guide and a contact us located right here. Once our trailer's connected you see it's going to switch from that Takonsha screen into a screen showing us what our gains at. What kind of action that we've got going, and what our boost level is.

Our boost level is something we can change depending on our trailer's size in relation to our truck, or the road conditions, to determine how quickly and how aggressively that our brakes are going to come on. When using very, very small trailers and good weather conditions, you won't really need any boost. As the weight of those trailers go up however, you see we can go into boost one, larger trailer, two's going to be getting into more of that gooseneck style trailer, and then boost level three is going to be for really large, triple axle, what have you kind of a setup. It's just so we can dial it in for the different conditions that we're going to have during towing like weight and roads. We've got a manual override lever located right here on the bottom. Which when activated, is going to allow us to incrementally apply the brakes to our trailer there in the back. The P3 is a proportional braking system.

What this means is that when we hit the brakes in the vehicle, it's going to sense how rapidly the vehicle is decelerating and send the power back to the rear that we need to make that happen. The internal sensor allows us to mount this in any orientation, three hundred and sixty degrees, as long as we're keeping it straight in line with our direction of travel. Built in safe guards are going to help to protect both the vehicle and the trailer. We're going to have a disconnect notice, indicating that our trailer's come disconnected so we need to go back, and it also helps our trailer brakes on those prolonged stops. It's gradually going to decrease the amount of power going to those rear brakes so they don't overheat. The P3 is going to offer five programmable settings. These can be set for different drivers, different trailers, or different road conditions. Another nice thing about a proportional brake controller is unlike the time delayed systems where we have to slowly let those build up their force, the proportional systems going to react instantly to braking needs. The P3 also offers integrated safe guards that will help to protect your vehicle, trailer, and the controller itself. It's going to defend against any kind brake controller, or breakaway system shorts. It's going to prevent the trailer brakes from overheating by reducing the power to them during the longer, prolonged stops, and it also minimizes the drain on the car battery. It only draws around three point six milliamps when we don't have it in use. To begin our installation the first thing we need to do is get our pigtail plugged in to where it belongs. If we come just to the left side of the brake pedal here, there's going to be a black panel. There are three catches on it. One's located here on the inside. That ones usually better to get to with a screw driver, and then we've got the two out here, so we just pull out on those, and we can slide our panel down and out of the way. We're going to take our white square end of our harness, we can plug that right into the factory plug there. Give it a good push pull to make sure it's secure, and then we can route that wire straight up just like that. We'll bring our cover back in, we just want to ensure that our pigtail comes out of the top once we get it back in position. Let's route our pigtail up and over, right here to the backside of where we're going to be mounting our brake controller, which we're going to do that right on this tab here. We'll need a T15 Torx Bit to take out that screw. We can bring in our bracket, place that right up on the screw that we removed, now we can take one of the provided self tappers and put it in that other slot, then we can plug our brake controller into the back of our harness, just like that. We'll bring our brake controller right into position here, and then on each side we can start our machine head screws. This is one option as far as mountings concerned. You could also mount it up here kind of on the face of your dashboard, or wherever you like it the best. I would avoid the left side of the dash here, anywhere low, just because a lot of times getting in and out you'll wind up hitting your knee. We've got a nice wire loom right here, just to the left of where we mounted that, so we'll use it to secure it off too. All right, we've trimmed that off, we're ready to test it out and make sure everything is working properly. We've seen how the Takonsha Prodigy P3's going to work and how to install it, that's going to complete today's installation of part number 90195 on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.

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