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Brake controllers are an essential part of a towing system with electric trailer brakes, and they offer a much-needed emergency braking feature. We offer high quality controllers from manufacturers such as Draw-Tite, Tekonsha, Valley, Hidden Hitch and Hopkins. Featuring both time-delay and proportional models, we have the right controller for any application. Brake controller wiring adapters are available for many vehicles, allowing for simple plug-and-play installation. Hardwire kits are also available to make any installation hassle-free.

Find your custom fit brake controller wiring adapter for a plug-in application by selecting the year of your vehicle to the left. We offer custom fit plug in adapters for many of the most popular vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC, Nissan, and Toyota.




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Brake Controller Information Videos

Removing and Replacing Trailer Brake Shoes Review

Today we are going to show how to remove the break shoes on a typical electric break axle, this one in particular is a twelve inch drum. We are using that one because it is large and easy to see. This applies to virtually all electric brakes from this size on up and down to the smaller sizes. We will go over how it comes apart and the tools you will need to do it with.


Trailer Brake Controller Wiring Colors

Today we are going to cover a frequently asked question. It really turns up a lot. And actually it is easier than you think. Basically, if you have a pickup and you got a tow package with it and you got one of these wire harnesses that plug underneath the dash and plugs into your brake controller, you might have five or sometimes even more wires coming off of it. And you notice that your brake controller only uses four. We have got one over here, we will show you, that has just the four wires and what do you do with the extra wires? The short answer is do not worry about it, because the brake controller has all that it needs from these four wires.


Trailer Brake Controller Comparison Review

Today we are going to talk about the two main kinds of brake controllers, the proportional and the time delay. The two we have here are the Journey HD and the Draw-Tite Activator II. These are what you call the time delay brake controllers. Basically what happens is that when you hit the brakes, they come on at a certain speed that you set on the brake controller. Like on this one here, we have a sync switch here that controls how fast it comes on and then this knob here controls how much power it takes to stop the trailer. Basically you hit your foot brake and it comes on at the rate you determine and at how much power you have set aside for it, and then it stays there until you completely let off the brake.


Trailer Brake Controller Wire Testing

Today we are going to cover a few notes on testing an electronic brake controller. What we are going to cover here is going to apply to virtually all brake controllers. Basically, if you run into a problem where you think your brake controller is not working, well, it could be a the brake controller or it could be something in the truck itself, in the connector or c it actually could be problems in the trailer. What we are going to show you today is how to look for problems that will either rule out the brake controller or make sure that it is the brake controllers fault. Just like any electronic devices, they seem to have a limited lifespan some will work for years and some will not. But this way you can also verify that it is working good.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation Wiring Kit Review

Today we will show you part number ETBC7 brake controller installation kit. What this kit does is it fills in the blanks between your 4 pole connector and the brake controller. Basically on the instructions of your brake controller, it will show you a link between the foot brake and stop light switch, a battery, and then a line going out to the connector out back. This kit here fills in those missing pieces. We will cover each individual part. First we will start from the rear of the vehicle and work our way forward. This part here is 7 and 4 pole to 4 pole adapter. This will plug into your existing 4 pole that you have on your vehicle. It just plugs in like normal while this white wire gets grounded to the body of the vehicle. You will have a couple extra wires. The black wire will be ran to the battery. This blue wire here gets run to the blue wire on the brake controller.


Diagnosing a Brake Controller Problem

Alright, today on this 2009 Ford F-150 we are going to diagnose a brake controller problem. Now we can use these steps on any brake controller that is on the market to verify if it is working or not. Now our brake controller is already telling us that it has an error message. It is flashing an Er on top. Usually it means an internal problem. We tested our trailer so we know it is good. So, it is not that. So first off we will make sure we have a constant 12 volt power supply. We will check the black wire first. OK, we are good there. Now we will try our red wire for our brake signal. OK, that is good there. Now we will try our blue wire and that will be our output. So we should have output on this wire whenever we hit the foot brake or the manual override. OK, we get nothing on the foot brake and nothing on the manual override. So definitely the error is internal and this brake controller does have to be replaced.


Trailer Brake Controller Reverse Light Lead Installation

All right what we are going to do on this install is the reverse light lead to our electrical connector. For instance on a 5-pole you can use this on a boat trailer that has a reverse lock out for hydraulic brakes on it. Also you can use on a 7-pole application the trailer may have reverse lights on the back of it. Some RVs have a reverse light hook up on the back of it. I will show you the basic generic steps of how it is installed. 00:22




Brake Controller Videos

Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2011 Ford Edge

Today on 2011 Ford Edge, we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 trailer brake controller. This controls 1 to 4 axles, and it is proportional. The part number on it is 90885. To do our install, we're also going to be using part number ETBC7. This is going to be the wiring for our brake controller, and part number 18136, which is going to be a no drill bracket mount. Here's what your brake controller is going to look like once you've got it installed onto your Edge. What these allow us to do is fine tune the amount of braking force that our trailer is going to exert as opposed to some of the older styles that used pressure or friction when you stopped or we're trying to back up to apply the brakes. This gives us a manual override here to where we can apply our trailer brakes before we've even hit our vehicle brakes, and as you'll see her, it's fully adjustable up and down to give us the appropriate braking force.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2003 Ford F-350

Today on our 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller, part number 90885. We'll be doing this in conjunction with the Tekona Plug-N-Play wiring adapter for the brake controller, part number 3035-P. Let's go ahead and connect the trailer braking. Once connected our display will read or show a C that indicates our trailer wiring is connected. Then on the driver side of the brake controller is our gain, which will allow us to increase or decrease the output and power going to our trailer braking. On the passenger side of the brake controller at the top is our boost mode button. We have three different boost modes that can be adjusted as necessary depending on the trailer's size and weight.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford F-150

Today, we're going to show you part number 51110 from Curt. This is the Venturer Trailer Brake Controller. Now also to help us with our install, because our brake controller is going to plug in to the factory tow package port underneath the dash, we'll be using part number C51436. This is the Curt Custom Wiring Adapter for Trailer Brake Controllers. Here's the brake controller we have mounted in our truck. We'll go ahead cover some of the features and controls. First off, this is your manual override on your trailer.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Chevrolet Colorado

Today on our 2005 Chevy Colorado, we'll be installing the Takonsha Primus IQ trailer brake controller, part number TK90160. With this brake controller, we will be using the universal 7-pin wiring kit, part number ETBC7. We'll start at the rear of the vehicle. On this particular vehicle, there was already a 4-way trailer connector installed. We will begin by finding a location to mount he 7-way and 4-way trailer connector. On this particular, we we're able to mount the bracket just under the bumper edge. To mount the 7- and 4-way trailer connector bracket to the bumper, we used 2 self-tapping screws. To make things easier, we will go ahead and make some of our wire connections on the table before we install the 7- and 4-way trailer connector up on the vehicle.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2005 Volvo XC90

Today, on our 2005 Volvo XC90, we're going to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part number 90885. Because this vehicle is not equipped with the manufactures 7-pole wiring, we're going to need the etrailer ETBC7 Brake Controller Install Kit. Let's check out brake controller. Here we can see we have the two lights indicating we have power. On the driver's side of the brake controller is the thumb wheel adjustment for adding or reducing power going to the trailer braking. On the passenger side is the push button for changing the boost modes for the aggressiveness of the power going to our trailer braking. Next I'll connect my trailer, then on on the LED display will show a C, showing trailer connection. Then as we press on the vehicles brake pedal, the numbers will go up as necessary. Since we're not moving we don't need any power going to our trailer braking. If in an emergency situation we need to slow down our trailer without using the vehicle brake pedal, we can use the manual sweep at the bottom to send power to the trailer braking only. Once we unhook our trailer electrical from the vehicle, you'll see the LED flash a NC, which stands for no connection. To begin our install, we'll open up the hatch and lower the tailgate, then you're going to pull the cargo liner out of the way, set it aside, open up the rear cargo compartment, unlatch it so that we can remove it. Here we see the 4-pole harness is stored.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Today on our 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee we're going to be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller, part number 90885. Note, this vehicle is already equipped with the manufacturer's 7-pole so we'll need to add our brake controller, the 4-pole plug that comes with our brake controller, and the Draw-Tite brake controller install kit, part number 5506. The additional wiring will be used to connect the power and ground for our brake controller. Now let's first go ahead and find the manufacturer's blue wire that will supply brake controller power to the 7-pole connector. on this application it's located above the driver side kick panel taped to the manufacturer's wiring harness. We'll go ahead and locate the blue wire and either cut or pull it free. We can see the blue wire here taped to the manufacturer's wiring and above the driver side foot rest.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2003 Dodge Ram

Today on our 2003 Dodge Ram we'll be installing the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 brake controller, part number 90195. Now to make our install a little easier we're also going to use the Tekonsha Plug & Play wiring adapter, part number 3020-P. This will connect directly to the manufacturer's brake controller port. Now to begin our install we'll locate the manufacturer's brake controller port. It's going to be behind the emergency brake pedal coming off the manufacturer's wiring harness right next to the module. This is a blue connector with four wires running into it. Once we locate the connector we can go ahead and take the direct-fit wiring harness, taking the white connector end and plugging it into the manufacturer's brake controller port.


Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Today on our 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser, we'll be installing the Tekonsha Primus IQ trailer Brake Controller, part number TK90160. In order to install our brake controller, we're also going to need to install the E-Trailer Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controllers, part number ETBC7. We're going to first begin our installation by opening up the rear hatch of the vehicle. Next, we'll need to get into this pocket right here, as this vehicle already has four flat wiring installed on it. We're going to need to route this four flat wiring down underneath the vehicle. To do that, there's two rubber grommets behind this panel here that we'll route our wiring through. We're going to need to remove this rubber grommet right here as well as one from underneath. Here on the driver's side, we need to remove this rubber plug right here.


Articles about Brake Controller



Brake Controller Questions and Answers

  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller that Reads 0.0 Occasionally When Brake are Applied
  • Normally if a brake controller is reading 0.0 when the brakes are applied that just means that the gain of the controller is adjusted all the way down. You may just have to turn the gain of the controller up. The fact that it only does occasionally might imply that it's a loose wire for the controller or there is corrosion on the 7-way that needs to be cleaned off. Otherwise, it is hard to know exactly where the problem lies, but the first thing I would check would be to test the manual...
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  • 2015 Toyota Highlander Brake Controller and Trailer Wiring Recommendation
  • Since you do not have a factory trailer wiring you will need to start with a 4-way (if you do not have one already). For that you would want the # 56042. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For that you will want the Brake Controller Install Kit and 7-Way Adapter part # ETBC7. I attached installation instructions and an install video for this product as well. For a brake controller I would recommend the Prodigy P2...
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  • Troubleshooting Draw-Tite Activator II Installation on 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
  • The Draw-Tite Activator II brake controller you referenced is compatible with trailers that have between 1 and 4 axles, so it's an acceptable choice for your 3 axle trailer. I'm linking you to our Brake Controller Installation Troubleshooting FAQ article. The article contains several different strategies for troubleshooting your controller. The typical suspects for the problem you describe are the controller itself, the trailer connector on the vehicle or on the trailer, and the...
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  • Brake Controller Installation on 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • The 2012 Tacoma doesn't have the connector under the dash for installing a brake controller but all's not lost, you can still hardwire the brake controller. We have the resources to walk you though the install, step by step. You'll first need a brake controller like the Tekonsha P2 you referenced, part # 90885. You'll then need our brake controller installation kit, part # ETBC7. The kit includes an adapter that would plug into an existing 4-pole trailer connector to convert it into...
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation For 2005 Land Rover LR3
  • It is a good idea to install a brake controller on your 2005 Land Rover LR3 when towing your camper. With a brake controller installed, it can eliminate the push-pull action you can experience when towing a trailer or camper. I recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885. This is a proportional controller that activates the brakes on your camper in direct proportion to the braking action of your LR3. This results in less wear and tear on both your LR3 and the camper...
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  • Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller Installation on 2007 Silverado 3500 Duramax With OEM Controller
  • You have a lot of company in being a Silverado owner who has decided to install an excellent Tekonsha P3 brake controller, part # 90195, in place of the OEM brake controller. The Prodigy P3 is among the most reliable and easy-to-use brake controllers on the market and it is highly-rated by our customers. It will absolutely deliver superior performance to the OEM unit. We offer a detailed help article, which I have linked for you, that explains the step-by-step installation process for...
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  • How Does the Boost Levels of the Prodigy P3 Brake Controller Work
  • Tekonsha's P3 brake controller offers a boost feature that gives you more initial braking power for those times when you're towing heavy loads. You can switch boost levels so that the power output to your trailer brakes automatically starts out at either 13 percent or 25 percent of the predetermined power setting. So, if you boost the initial power so that your trailer brakes activate with 25 percent of the overall intensity at the start, the brakes will reach maximum braking faster....
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  • Troubleshooting P.L. Code from a Prodigy Brake Controller
  • The problem you are describing is most likely related to the wiring of the brake controller. The P.L. error messages stands for power interruption when the brake is pressed. This can occur for a number of reasons. First check the brake controller wiring and all of its connections to the vehicle. A bad splice or corrosion could cause this error. Then check the wiring going back to the trailer connector for any corrosion or breaks in the wiring and check the trailer connectors on the pin...
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  • Brake Controller Installation in 2013 Toyota Highlander
  • According to my research, the Toyota Highlander doesn't have the connector under the dash to install a brake controller. In order to install your brake controller, you'll need to hardwire the controller using our Brake Controller Installation Kit, part # ETBC7. The kit contains everything needed to install a brake controller, except for the brake controller itself. The Tekonsha P3, part # 90195 would be an excellent choice. The controls and display are very user-friendly, which makes it...
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller Installation
  • Assuming your brake controller was correctly installed from the get-go, you should show a constant 12-volts on the pin in the 1:00 position and voltage on the brake output pin in the 5:00 position only when the manual override on the brake controller is actuated. If your vehicle has the tow package, and the controller has been plugged in to a connector under the dash. If you're not showing a constant 12-volts on the 1:00 connector pin, you might have a missing or blown fuse. On some...
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  • Installing Brake Controller On 2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • When installing the Tekonsha P2 Brake Controller, part # 90885, you will need to test the green plug you found under the 2010 Sprinter seat with a circuit tester like part # 3808. You will want to make sure all of the functions exist in the wiring plug before splicing into the wiring to attach the brake controller harness. I have attached an installation video for a brake controller on a Sprinter you can check out. The wiring should be very similar for your Sprinter. I have also attached...
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  • How to Test If Brake Controller is Working on 2007 Chevy TrailBlazer
  • We do have an FAQ article on testing brake controls, which I have linked to. Basically you will want to first verify the following: 1. The trailer is plugged into tow vehicle 2. Gain is set to max 3.Trailer brakes are adjusted according to manufacturers specification 4. Battery voltage (approximately 12-13 volts) between the Black power wire and the White ground wire at the rear of the brake controller. (This is the input voltage.) With the manual slide lever fully applied,...
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  • Troubleshooting Low Voltage on Tekonsha Primus Brake Controller
  • The Primus is a proportional controller so you actually have to be moving to get the proper voltage sent back when using the brake pedal, but the manual override will send the full power (up to what it is set to) back to the trailer connector. With that said, it sounds like you are losing voltage somewhere between the brake controller and the trailer connector. First thing I would try is sliding the manual override a few times and adjusting the gain knob up and down to help clear the...
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  • What Components Are Needed To Convert Sixties Trailer From Air Brakes To Electric
  • Sounds like a big project to undertake. I have attached a helpful article that explains all of the components needed to add electric brakes to a trailer you can check out. Unfortunately, we do not have hubs and drums designed to work with 20 inch wheels, so I would not be able to recommend any of the systems we have to offer. Another consideration is the brake mounting flange. If you do not have a brake mounting flange on your axle, you would need to have a certified welder install...
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  • Replacement Wiring Harness Recommendation for a P2 Brake Controller part # 90885
  • If you are looking for the replacement wiring harness that plugs into the back of the P2 Brake Controller part # 90885 that has 4 blunt cut wires you would want the # 7894. This is the universal wiring harness that comes with the P2. If you are looking for the correct harness to use to install this controller in your 2007 Nissan Xterra you would instead want the part # 3050-P.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation and Installation for a 2007 Chevy Silverado New Body
  • In our fitguide we refer your truck as a 2007 Chevy Silverado New Body. To install the P3 Brake Controller part # 90195 in your truck you will need to run the wires of the controller to the brake controller wiring harness under the dash of your truck and then connect a few underhood connections. There is no additional adapter needed. I attached an install video and a help article that will detail exactly how this is done.
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  • Recommended Brake Controller for a 2015 Ram 2500 5.7 Liter Hemi
  • I recommend the Prodigy P2 brake controller # 90885 because it's easy to install and very user friendly. It can also be used with electric over hydraulic brake systems. This brake controller is one of our most popular and even has a LED display. You will also need the Plug-in wiring adapter # 3021-P which allows for a quick, simple installation of your electric trailer brake controller # 90885. It will plug into the port on your 2015 Ram 1500 built-in brake control wiring harness. I...
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  • Location Of Vehicle Brake Controller Plug Under Dash On 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
  • The connector that attaches to the wiring adapter, part # 3050-P on your 2015 Nissan Pathfinder should be located under the dash near the brake pedal. There should be a 6-pin connector that mates with the 3050-P. Since you mentioned you have the factory tow package, the plug should be in the location mentioned above. If you are not able to locate the plug, you may want to check with your dealership for the plug location.
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  • Do I Need Brake Controller with Ford F-650 Truck to Tow Trailer with Electric Brakes
  • I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he confirmed that you will definitely want to install a brake controller on your new Ford F-650 when towing a trailer with electric brakes. The major reason for using a brake controller is safety. Without a brake controller to engage the trailer brakes you would have to rely on the towing vehicle to stop itself and the trailer. Because trailers are often heavy there is a lot of momentum that needs to be slowed and vehicle brakes are not made for this...
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  • Troubleshooting Brake Controller Installation On 1991 Ford F-150
  • You will want to start from the beginning to make sure the wires are all connected properly on your 1991 Ford F-150. It sounds like you have somehow connected a 12V constant power wire to your connector. I have attached a drawing that shows how the pins should be wired on a 6-way trailer connector. The drawing shows both the trailer and the vehicle side of a 6-way round plug. The red wire that is coming from the brake controller should be connected to the cold side of the brake...
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