Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty

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How to Install the Tuson DirecLink Network Enhanced Trailer Brake Controller on a 2015 Ford F-250 S

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2015 Ford F250, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Direclink 00:00:05 network-enhanced proportional trailer brake controller, part number 335DL-200NE. To help us with our installation, we're also gonna be using the Tekonsha 00:00:16 plug-in wiring adaptor for electric brake controllers, part number 3034-P.Our Direclink brake controller is gonna be a truly proportional brake controller. It's gonna be plugged directly into our vehicle's computer system, and it's gonna monitor the braking system from our truck and apply them to our trailer.On the main home screen here, we're gonna have our brake scale, and we're gonna be able to adjust it from zero all the way to 20, one being very light, and 20 being very aggressive and heavy brakes. Now, the nice thing about this is that a lot of times, when we're driving down the road, we have a trailer. Going down the highway, you may want a little more brakes, but as soon as you get off the highway, the brakes may tend to lock up. So you're stuck with choosing a setting that'll be kind of good for both, but it's really not what you need.

With our Direclink, we're gonna be able to set the low speed brake separately from our main braking. So if we come to the low speed brake section and we push the Enter button in the middle, we'll be able to adjust our brakes down from negative five up to a positive five. And that way, we'll be able to fine-tune our braking adjustments, from whenever we're driving through the city, or if we're going on the highway.Our direct line display is gonna have a tethered cable that's gonna be connected to the control module, and we'll be able to mount it anywhere in our dash, or just leave a hand-held unit that we can put in our cup holder. Now, like most brake controllers, we are gonna have a manual override trigger here on the side. That way, if our trailer starts to sway and we need to apply the brakes to it, without applying them to our towed vehicle, we can simply just push in on that trigger, and the display is gonna let us know what percentage of the brakes are being applied.Our brake controller is gonna have a lot of features that other brake controllers aren't gonna have.

Since it is hooked directly into our vehicle's OBD2 00:02:11 port, it's gonna be able to monitor a lot of different things. If we hold the Home button, we'll have our configure options, our fault viewer, and our monitor options. If we go into the monitor options and hit OK, we can look at the data that's coming through our controller, which mode that it's communicating with our vehicle, as well as the brake light, the voltage, and the vehicle battery. So if I hit the brake, we can see that the voltage coming out of my brake light signal, showing up with the battery. We can see the temperatures, amperage, and voltage, as well as the RPMs and the miles per hour of our vehicle.Now, if we go into our fault viewer, we can see the different kind of faults that are happening with our controller, and it will display a code right here, in red.

And we can also see any kind of faults that are happening with our key pad. Now, if we go in to configure it, we can configure our controller, as well as the key pad, going through the different screen brightnesses, turning the sound on and off. And if we go into the controller, we have the option of two different trailer sizes. We're gonna have a section for medium and a section for large. The medium section is from the factory, and that's gonna be for trailers up to 10,000 pounds.Now, if we switch to large, that's gonna be for trailers over 10,000 pounds.

And each one of these settings, on the main home screen, we're gonna have that zero to 20 settings, so we're gonna have a total of 40 different settings that we can set on our brake controller. Now, we're also gonna have the option of limiting the maximum braking power going to our trailer. In some cases, your trailer brakes may tend to lock up before the maximum power is ever reached. If that happens, we can come into the maximum brake limit, turn it on, and then we can adjust the brakes to right before they lock up.We're also gonna have the ability to adjust the brakes of what's gonna be applied once our vehicle is actually stopped. We can have the brakes completely off, or we can have them go up to 30%, to make sure our trailer is holding, but it's not applying the maximum power to our brakes. Not only will it save the brakes on our trailer, but it's also gonna help save the brakes on our truck.Now, when it comes to mounting our controller, we have a couple different options. They give us a flat mount that has some double-sided sticky tape on the back, that we can mount to our dash. And it's gonna latch right in here at the back. So we just stick this on the dash. We'll be able to plug this in and it'll hold our controller in place. Now, they also give us a swivel-mount. It's gonna stick out a little bit farther from the dash. We're gonna be able to adjust it, swiveling it left and right. That way, we can get an optimal viewing point and see our controller. And that's gonna hook in the same way. It's just gonna slide to the back of the controller and hold it in place. And we can stick it anywhere we see fit on the dash.Now, unlike all other brake controllers, since ours does have a fault viewer in it, it's gonna let us know immediately if there's any kind of problem. We'll have a red screen displayed up, and it's gonna tell us right away what is going on, if there's a voltage problem, or anything else, rather than waiting until after the problem already happens.Now, another feature of our brake controller, if we scroll through, we'll see that it says Direclink Off. And if we turn that on and we hook our brake controller up to the Actu-Link 00:05:59 that goes with our brake controller, it's gonna directly communicate, not only with the vehicle, but it's also gonna directly communicate with the actuator. And we're gonna be able to see, in real time, the temperature, the fluid level. Make sure that it doesn't go low. And it's gonna have all the warnings right here on our display. So if our fluid level goes low, it's gonna let us know. If the temperature gets high, or we have any shorts in the actuator itself, it will speak directly to it and have a warning sign show up on the display.Our truck is already equipped with a factory brake controller. And then a plug that we're gonna be needing to find is right behind this panel here. So to make it easier on ourselves, we're gonna come to the passenger side and find this plug, and we're gonna need to pop this panel out right here. Now, at the bottom, there's gonna be a small notch. You're gonna want to take a plastic trim panel tool, put it inside the notch. Pushing it gently, pry away from the dash, until we can get a little bit of it loosened up. And then we should be able to reach in behind it and pop the rest of it out.We're gonna set that down. And then if we come just towards the driver's side a little bit, we're gonna have another panel with some switches on it, and we're gonna need to pop this panel out. Now, it's gonna work the same general way, but it may be easier if you reach on the inside. There's some little push tabs on the four corners. If you kind of push on it and work that panel out. And gently release the tabs so that it will swing out. And if you need to, you can take your plastic trim panel tool, and we're gonna go in between the panel and the dash. Start working it until those clips release. Then we can pull this out and set it down. And the plug we're gonna be looking for is this gray plug. Now, since we do have the brake controller, it is gonna be plugged in. If you don't have a factory brake controller, this plug is just gonna be hanging out behind the dash right here.So there's a tab on the top. We're gonna push in on that tab and squeeze it, and then we can unplug it. Once we have it unplugged, we're gonna take our brake controller adaptor. One end's gonna have a black four-pin end. And the other end's gonna match our brake controller plug. So we can go ahead and plug it in. Make sure it locks into place. Just give it a gentle tug to make sure it does. And then we're gonna take our black four-pin end, and we're gonna route it through the dash to where it comes out by our gas pedal. May be a little bit difficult, because there's a very small channel that it will fit through. I'm just gonna feed it down. And we should be able to reach underneath the dash on the driver's side by the dash pedal, to grab it and pull it the rest of the way out.So we can see that our wire's right here, so we're gonna go ahead and grab the excess wire. So we can get the end of our four-pin plug out. Now if we grab our Direclink control module, on the back here, this is where that four-pin connector is gonna be plugging in. And before we plug that in, we're gonna grab the cable that's gonna plug in right here. Now, you notice it's gonna have the same pins on there, so we just want to line it up. And we can plug it in. And then we're gonna loosely tighten these hold-downs in place, to make sure that plug doesn't come disconnected.And the other end of this plug is gonna go into our OBD2 port. Take our four-pin connector and plug it into the back. Make sure it locks in. Then we'll go ahead and hang this underneath the dash.Whenever we go to mount our Direclink, the direction of it is not gonna matter. It's not gonna affect how it works. We just want to make sure that it's tucked up out of the way of our pedals, and we want to make sure that we have the phone jacks facing towards us, or towards the back, so that we can get the rest of our connections made. I'm just gonna take a couple of the included zip ties and find something under the dash that I can zip tie it to. Make sure that it's nice and secure.And when you do secure this, you want to make sure that you use at least two zip ties, to make sure that it's tucked up out of the way and it's not gonna fall down. If you can, use all four, but you want to make sure you at least get two in there. And then we'll zip tie any excess wires up, after we get it nice and secure.With our control module securely mounted under the dash, making sure that it's not gonna interfere with the pedals or have any other kind of obstructions, we can go ahead and plug in our cable, directly into our OBD2 port. And we'll zip tie the excess wire back, so that it's not hanging in front of our brake pedal.We're gonna have a small, coiled phone cable, and we're gonna take the end of it and we're gonna plug it into one of the ports that's on the front of the box. Now, it doesn't matter which one. It's just pick which one's gonna make the easiest to route it to where we want it to go. So in our case, we're gonna go to the farthest to the right, towards the passenger side. And then on the other end, we can take our phone cable and plug it into our command module.So with everything plugged up, we're gonna go ahead and pop our panels back in. You just want to line it up and push it in place. We'll do that with both of our panels.With all of our connections made, we're gonna go ahead and start our truck. So we can turn the key into the ON position and turn the ignition on. And then we're gonna press the brake pedal, and our Direclink is gonna start searching for what kind of vehicle it is. At this point, we don't want to touch any buttons on here, because it's gonna go through automatically and do everything. Once we have a screen that tells us our brake scale, and OK at the bottom, we know that everything is hooked up correctly.Now, in our case, we have an NC at the bottom corner here, in red. That means that we're not hooked up to our trailer. We have a green C in the corner of our display, letting us know that our brake controller is connected. So we can take a quick test drive, get all our initial settings in the controller, and we'll be able to hit the road.And that will finish up your look at the Direclink network-enhanced proportional trailer brake controller, part number 335DL-200NE, on our 2015 Ford F250.

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