Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Honda Pilot

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2011 Honda Pilot


Today on our 2011 Honda Pilot, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller, part number 90195. To ease our installation we'll be using the wiring adapter for electric brake controllers for Honda vehicles, part number 3070-P. Our Prodigy P3 is a truly proportional brake controller that will allow you control from 1 to 4 axles on your trailer. If you have a large trailer with 4 axles with brakes on them, not a problem. The P3 can handle it without any issue. Now if we press this button here, the little book button on the bottom right, that gets us to our setup menu. You can change your brake type, electric, hydraulic, over electric, but we'll just leave it on electric because that's what most trailer brakes are.

We can go back, get help, you have a display, you can adjust your brightness, your color, your contrast, so you can change to whatever color you want. You can go pink, magenta, orange, light green, any different color you want. With the boost turned off, you can see we have a single axle small trailer picture behind the truck. You can put on boost number 1, you can see we have larger double-axle trailer behind the truck. When I put it on boost level 2, we have a larger 5th wheel style double-axle trailer behind the truck. On boost level 3, we have a very large triple-axle trailer behind the truck.

What the boost level settings do is it allows you to increase stopping power to your trailer just at a single press of a button. Now if you want to adjust the gain, that's what these up and down buttons are for on the left side of the brake controller. You go up, you can set max power to 14. You go down, you can go all the way down to zero. We're going to adjust our brakes to about 7 since that's about halfway. That's good for most trailer applications. All right, here's what our brake controller comes with.

We have our brake controller itself. Nice, easy to use, easy to read LED screen here. All of our buttons are easily accessible on the front of it, and our slider is easily accessible on the bottom for our manual brake override. We have a couple different mounting bracket styles here. When we're not using out controller, we can place it in this included bag and stick it up out of the way in our glove box if we so choose.

We have our wiring adapter here, a couple screws to install stuff, more screws and butt connectors if we need them. Now that we've gone over what's included, we'll show you how to install it. Right over here to the left of our dash, right above our parking brake, we can find our factory connector for our brake controller. Just going to take this tape off here, we'll get access to it nice and easy. Take our harness that plugs into there, plug it in and make our connection. Now we can find our where we're going to mount our brake controller. All right, we'll plug our harness into our brake controller here temporarily just so we can get an idea of how much length we have of our cable where we can mount it. Right here will be a great spot, so we'll take our bracket, slide it over our brake controller, center it up where we need to, right there looks good. Take our brake controller down and we'll install our bracket using the included self-tapping screws. Take our brake controller, get it in the position we want it. We'll install the screws on the side of it, and tighten them down with our screwdriver. Now with our brake controller securely mounted, snug up our screws as much as we need to. Now it's easy to reach, easy to read, and out of the way when we're driving. Now we need to tuck our wires up underneath the dash using a couple zip-ties. Now we'll cut off our excess zip-ties. Now this will simulate trailer brakes being operational when we use our brake controller since we don't have a trailer here to hook up to today. When I activate our manual brake override here, you can see that our trailer is getting brake voltage right here and has amperage going to it. That means our brakes will be applied properly. That completes our installation of the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 trailer brake controller, part number 90195 on our 2011 Honda Pilot.


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