How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller

Chevrolet Trailer Brake

If you need to equip a trailer brake controller, this simple step-by-step guide will definitely help you. In just five steps, you can have your trailer brake controller installed quickly. 

1. Disconnect The Negative Battery Cable Of The Vehicle 
First, make sure to disconnect the negative battery cable for safety purposes. This will not only help in preventing personal injury, but it can protect your vehicle from electrical damage as well. All you have to do is unbolt the battery cable and move it aside. 

2. Decide Where On The Dash You Will Mount The Controller
Next, decide where on the dash of your vehicle you would like to mount the trailer brake controller. If you have an SUV or a large truck in Greenwood, Lexington, or Irmo, you may want your mounting location to lie below and off to the side of your steering wheel or above the dash. These are common choices for most vehicles as they can be easily seen without standing in the way of anything. 

3. Drill Mounting Holes 
Now that you have a suitable mounting position, the next step is to drill mounting holes. You can use the mounting bracket as a template so you can mark the exact spots that need to be drilled. While drilling, you need to be careful and ensure that you are not digging into any electronics behind the dash. If you want to be extra cautious and don’t want to risk any mistake, you can even remove the panel that you are piercing into. 

4. Install The Fasteners 
After the holes are drilled, you can now reposition the brake controller bracket and install the fasteners. If you have a brake controller that comes with self-tapping screws, make sure that you do not overtighten the screws and that you do not strip out the holes. These are common mistakes that people often make. 

5. Plug-In The Brake Controller 
Finally, you can plug in the brake controller using a wiring harness specific to your car. While one point of the harness plugs into the brake controller, the other end goes into the factory harness under the dash. 

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 Source: Chevrolet