How to Install Your Trailer Brake Control Connector
Trailer brake control connector installation isn't a difficult task once you know what you're doing. The whole process can even be made easier if your tow vehicle is a modern model with a seven-way connector as part of its features. All the same, here's what you need to know when it comes to installing your very own trailer brake control connector for your popular models of trucks and SUVs, such as the Dodge, GM Chevy, and Ford vehicles.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What You'll Need
- Drill and drill bits
- Wire cutters
- Socket set
- Zip ties
- Brake controller connector
Step 1:Use the bracket supplied to install your brake controller connector in a convenient place underneath your dash. This might require using your drill in order to create two holes where you'll be attaching and bolting your mounting bracket to.
Step 2:After the mounting bracket has been installed, then that's when you put up the brake controller connector there for mounting. There are brackets provided by certain kits that have snap-in features. Other brackets utilize mounting screws that go to the side of the bracket.
Step 3:Locate the best harness for your vehicle's brake controller connector requirements. Most new automobile models equipped with towing packages include a wiring harness that you won't find in older models (that require more modification to allow for trailer brake control connector installation).
Step 4:From here on end, connect your brake controller harness to the factory-supplied wiring. For example, if you have a Chevrolet vehicle, go with Step 5. For Dodge vehicles, go to Step 6-7. For a Ford, you should go to Step 8-9instead.
Step 5:The harness panel of a General Motors or Chevrolet vehicle is found on the driver's side, at the top left portion. Remove the cover, plug the harness into the slot, and then zip tie the harness to another harness to avoid exposed wiring to hang to your feet.
Step 6:As for Dodge vehicles, you get movable and independent wiring harnesses (colored blue) or one that's found loosely stuffed under your dashboard or attached to a wiring module right above the right leg of the driver.
Step 7:In such cases, you should connect the brake controller harness connector to the Dodge vehicle connector for a perfect fit. Further support the connection by zip-tying the harness wires to another harness (again for the sake of keeping stray wires from falling down to your feet when all is said and done).
Step 8:As for Ford vehicles, they have a factory-supplied brake controller harness end. It's loosely stuffed on your dashboard above the driver's right leg as mentioned in Step 3. It's the one that looks like a computer wire full of cables and a female end.
Step 9:Just connect the brake control harness connector to this vehicle connector then zip tie the harness wires for good measure to enable cable management and to avoid tangles or wiring that hangs down near your feet as you drive.
It's quite simple to go about installing your brake control harness connector, but how easy it is depends on the make and model of vehicle you have on hand. However, you might need to use drills and wire cutters in the process, particularly when it comes to properly mounting your brake controller connector in a convenient place and there are no readily available areas on your vehicle to mount it on.