Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2007 Toyota Tundra

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2007 Toyota Tundra


Speaker 1: Today on our 2007 Toyota Tundra, we're going to be taking a look at, and showing you how to install the Tekonsha Voyager proportional trailer brake controller for one to four axles, part number 39510.To help us get that installed, we're going to be using the Tekonsha plug-in wiring adaptor, part number 3040-P.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 it's going to have a sensor inside that going to detect the deceleration of your Tundra, and it's going to send the appropriate amount of force to our trailer brakes. For instance, if we're in an emergency situation and we have to slam on our brakes in our truck, the sensor is going to immediately send that signal to our trailer brakes to match the amount of force being applied so that our trailer can slow itself down, in turn saving the Tundra's brakes, because it's not going to have to slow or stop both the truck and the trailer.Now this is going to be a pretty simple, straight-forward brake controller. It's not going to have any screens or anything like that to look at. It simply has a light that will change colors depending on how you have it set.This know here on the right, this is going to be your gain.

This is going to allow you to set your braking force that being applied to your trailer brakes. This button or knob is going to be your override. And what the override's going to do, is if your going down a hill or your trailer starts to sway a little bit, this allows you to apply the brakes on the trailer without have to apply the brakes in the Tundra, to get your trailer back straight again or to get it under control again.Now the knob over here on the left side, what's going to do, that's going to allow you to adjust the aggressiveness of the brakes being applied on the trailer.So what we want to do to set it up, is this knob here on the right, or our gain, we're going to turn it all the way clockwise. And you'll see the light changes to red. That means we're at our maximum power or force.Now what you want to do, is you want to apply the brakes in your truck, then you're going to turn the knob on the left.

This light slowly starts to change color, where it turns about to that orange. That's about midway setting. Now what you're going to want to do is you're going to drive maybe in a parking lot or slowly down a street, and adjust your brakes accordingly. You want to add more brake, you're going to turn this knob to the left, or turn it down, back, which is going to change the color more towards the red. If you want to lighten the brakes, for instance the lighter the load, you're going to turn it down more towards the green.So you'll notice the light in on.

That is showing us that we are connected to our trailer. Now, if our trailer comes unconnected, that light will go out. That's telling us that we may have an issue if we're going down the road, and we need to stop and check it out.Now as far as the installation goes, it is simply and straightforward. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get this installed.So to begin our installation, we're going to take the white end of our adapter plug, and we need to find the matching end. Now if you look right up here behind the emergency brake panel, right above this panel you'll see a plug.

Very easy to get to. We're just going to take our white ends, plug them in together until you hear it click.Next thing we need to do is we need to mount our ground wire. Now what I like to do is try to find an existing nut that is mounted to the body, make sure it's on metal. You look right here behind the emergency brake pedal, there's a nut. You can see our ring terminal is just a little bit too small, so what we're going to do is we're going to replace that with a bigger one.This is a ring terminal for a ten to twelve gauge wiring, so we'll cut off this one, strip this back, we'll crimp it down, give it a little tug to make sure you've got a good connection. And we'll take a half-inch socket with a fairly long extension, and take that nut off. Add our ring terminal, and replace our nut.Next I'm going to route my adaptor. What I want to do, is I want to find some existing wiring up inside here that I can zip tie or secure it to. I'm going to run it across. You want to make sure it's over on this side on the steering wheel. The reason you want to stay away from this side is when you're getting in and out of the truck, you take a chance of damaging it or hitting it, knocking it off.Next I'm going to take my wire. I'm going to take some black electrical tape, and I'm going to cover up my wire, just kind of help it blend in with the brake controller itself. Kind of make it look nice.Next we're going to mount our bracket. It's going to hold our brake controller onto our dash. You see our customer had something pre-existing he had here. So what we're going do is we're going to use the same holes. We're going to make sure that I'll be able to put my bracket there. And it looks like we'll be able to fit it. So we're going to take the screws that comes in our kit with our brake controller, mount it in place, and before we install our brake controller, I'm going to take some electrical tape and kind of clean up this a little bit, and cover these wires so that it kind of blends in with our brake controller while it's mounted.And we'll simply plug it into our wire adapted here. And if you see the green light, then it's telling you that we have power. Go ahead and mount it to our bracket with our provided screws. We're going to have two holes on each side.And that'll do it for our look at and installation on the Tekonsha Voyager proportional trailer brake controller for one to four axles, part number 39510 on our 2007 Toyota Tundra.


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