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Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Kathleen M says:

Yes, if you:

  • Want a brake controller from one of the most trusted names in the business
  • Haul a trailer only occasionally or mostly for short stretches

No, if you:

  • Have a trailer with hydraulic brakes
  • Rely heavily on the manual override function - the slide on this has a tendency to stick
  • Are limited on mounting locations in your cab and don't want to lose any leg room
Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles. Lowest Prices for the best trailer brake controller from Tekonsha. Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional part number TK90160 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-833-496-1390 for expert service.
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Tekonsha Trailer Brake Controller - TK90160

  • Electric
  • Proportional Controller
  • Up to 3 Axles
  • Tekonsha
  • LED Display
  • Under-Dash Box
  • Dash Mount
  • Automatic Leveling
  • Up to 90 Degrees

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles.


Features:

  • Brake controller activates trailer brakes in proportion to your vehicle's braking action
    • Automatically adjusts trailer's braking based on deceleration of tow vehicle
    • Activates immediately - no pausing like with time-delayed brake controllers
  • Automatic-leveling ability - internal sensor detects deceleration even if controller is not mounted flat
    • Position anywhere from -90 degrees to 90 degrees in the vertical plane
  • 3 Boost levels let you adjust initial braking power and aggressiveness
  • Continuous diagnostic check alerts you to any potential problems
  • Integrated safeguards protect your vehicle and trailer
    • Minimizes drain on car battery when not in use
    • Prevents trailer brakes from overheating by reducing power output to them during prolonged stops
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Built-in, slide-bar manual override
  • Quick-disconnect feature lets you easily remove and store the control when not in use
    • Replacement wiring harness (sold separately) and replacement bracket (6927 - sold separately) required to move the controller from one vehicle to another
  • Plug-in, vehicle-specific brake-control adapter (sold separately) can be used for certain applications to reduce installation time


Specs:

  • Application: trailers with up to 3 axles (6 brake assemblies)
    • Designed for use with electric brakes only
  • Dimensions: 4-3/8" wide x 5" long x 2-1/2" tall
  • Mounting: between -90 degrees and 90 degrees in the vertical plane
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Proportional Braking

With a proportional brake controller, you can get heavy-duty emergency braking, general braking or slow-to-an-idle braking for your trailer automatically. The intensity with which your trailer brakes are activated and the rate at which they are applied are dependent on the deceleration of your tow vehicle. This means that, unlike time-delay controllers - which send the same amount of preset power to your trailer brakes every time - proportional controllers are able to adapt to every braking situation differently. So, if you slam on the brakes in your truck, your trailer brakes will activate with that same extreme intensity. And if you merely slow down as you approach a red light, your trailer will gradually brake in the same manner. Just set the initial power level, select a boost setting, and you're good to go.


As long as the Primus IQ controller is properly mounted and is pointed in the direction of travel, it will sense - via an internal inertia sensor - how your tow vehicle brakes. This inertia-based sensor responds to the deceleration of your tow vehicle as you brake by signaling the controller to send out enough power to your trailer brakes so that they are activated with an intensity that matches. The result is uniform braking across your towing setup. No push-pull action - just smooth, proportional braking every time.


Power Boost for Heavy-Duty Towing

Aside from smoother, more efficient braking, Tekonsha's Primus IQ brake controller also 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. This is particularly beneficial if you are towing a heavy load because the intensity required to stop that load may be far greater than that needed to halt your vehicle. Therefore, sending out more initial power to the trailer brakes - and causing them to reach maximum braking faster - allows you to better control the trailer so that it doesn't push your tow vehicle before coming to a complete stop.


If your trailer weighs less than your tow vehicle, no boost is needed. But if you wish to set the boost so that your trailer leads the braking of your towing setup, you can select level B1. The following table gives an indication of when you might use the different boost levels and the power increases that they offer.


Approximate Gross Trailer WeightBoost LevelIncrease in Initial Power Output
Less than tow vehicleGVWB113%
Equal to tow vehicleGVWB1 or B213% or 25%
Up to 25% more than tow vehicleGVWB2 or B3*25%
Up to 40% more than tow vehicleGVWB3*25%

*Both B2 and B3 offer a 25-percent boost in initial power. But the braking curve for B3 is more aggressive than that of B2. This means that, even though you will start out with the same intensity when using these boost levels, you will get an overall more aggressive braking experience with the higher level. So if you use B3, you will reach maximum braking sooner than if you use B2.


Safety Features

The Primus IQ offers advanced safety features to prevent damage to various components of your towing setup. For example, when it is not in use, this brake controller will be in power-saving mode. In this setting, the power draw falls to minimize drain on your vehicle's battery.


When you stop at red lights, or any time that your truck and trailer are at a standstill with the brakes applied for more than 5 seconds, the Primus IQ's "hold" feature will activate. When this happens, the power output to your trailer's brakes will be reduced to just 25 percent of the preset power setting so that the brakes will not overheat.


If ever there is a time that you need to brake your trailer separately from your tow vehicle - when traveling down a steep incline, for example - the manual override is easily accessible. Pushing this slide bar engages the brakes on your trailer with full power. In addition, when you activate this override, the brake lights on your trailer will illuminate, properly warning those behind you of the braking action of your rig.


In addition to all of those safety features listed above, the Primus IQ offers diagnostics such as:

  • Open ground
  • Overload
  • Output short
  • Faulty mounting
  • Power loss
  • No trailer connection

Automatic Leveling and Simple Installation

The self-leveling feature of the Primus IQ ensures that the brake controller continues to function even as you drive up steep hills or through the mountains. Simply mount it in your cab at a vertical angle that is between 0 degrees (level) and 90 degrees, and the controller will level itself automatically.


Correct Primus mounting90-Degree Primus mounting

Note: The Primus IQ must be mounted on a level horizontal (side-to-side) plane and must be lined up with the direction of travel for the internal sensor to function properly.


Installation is a snap. After mounting the Primus IQ unit in your cab using the included bracket, hardwire one end of the included pigtail harness directly into your vehicle. The other end plugs into the brake controller. To transfer the Primus IQ to another vehicle or to remove it for storage, just unplug the unit and snap it out of the bracket.


Installation Accessories

For even easier installation, a vehicle-specific wiring adapter (sold separately) is available for most newer trucks and SUVs. One end of the custom adapter plugs into your vehicle, and the other end plugs into the controller - no hardwiring required.


Note: If a custom brake-control wiring adapter is not available for your vehicle, one of the following will be required:

20-Amp circuit breaker (9506P - sold separately) for 2- to 4-brake applications

30-Amp circuit breaker (38630 - sold separately) for 6- to 8-brake applications


See also etrailer.com's exclusive 7- and 4-way brake-control installation kit (ETBC7 - sold separately) if you don't already have a 7-way plug at the back of your vehicle.



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Installation Details TK90160 Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

Tekonsha Primus IQ Trailer Brake Controller - 1 to 3 Axles - Proportional - TK90160

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (1917 Customer Reviews)

Proportional brake controller automatically levels when mounted within a 90-degree vertical range. Includes digital display, 3 boost levels, battery protection and continuous diagnostics. Easily transfer between different automobiles.

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No complaints. Easy install with the adapter harness. Plug and go. I installed this in a 2020 RAM 1500 and gotta say, difficult to find an under-dash location that doesn't interfere with your legs. A lower profile controller could have helped or more room from RAM ... blame whoever you like there. I put mine under-dash on the left - just seemed better.


Comments
A great controller and mostly out of the way. The RAM 1500 doesnt make it easy but its certainly workable. Ive only scuffed my shin on it a couple times.
Bosco - 08/07/2022


by: 03/18/2021

Had no issues with installing it at all. Everything worked like it said it would.


Comments
Thanks to how well this brake control works my business brings my family [thousands] of dollars. I would buy these every time I need them no questions asked.
Richard M - 03/22/2022


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The Tekonsha break controller was delivered a day ahead of schedule and the plug and play wiring harness enabled me to install the unit on my 2021 Ram DT, in time to tow my camper to the campsite. The Primus IQ works great. I would recommend your company without hesitation.




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2011 f150 3.5EB XLT superCrew. Easy plug and play install with the harness I bought also on etrailer, the problem was mounting. I hated the way the supplied mounts looked and didn’t want to bump into it. With some careful measuring and a hacksaw I was able to mount it inside the “plastic cup thingy” that fills the void where the factory controller would be. Attached pictures, the factory plastic cup thingy screws keep it locked in place and the supplies screws let’s you mount the controller into the plastic cup. Looks crooked with the white/silver plastic covering but it is aligned with direction of travel and level, also berey snug and mounted solidly.




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THANKS for the Brake Controller unit from ETrailer. It arrived w/in 5 days from your MO location to my So CAL residence.

Even as an Engineer/Scientist from the Delta IV rocket program and no experience with brake controllers, I was able to install this unit by myself. Your continued (live human) support and online video clips proved to be the key elements to this installation...without my symbolic pocket protector.

I have attached a few images of the unit, mounted to the fuse-panel cover (3/16 attachments with locking hex nuts) in a 2006 Toyota 4Runner SR5 (with factory tow package). The placement of the unit onto the panel cover allows a new panel cover (no holes drilled) to be used when it is time to sell the vehicle.


Comments
Thanks Patrick for the follow-up. The brake controller, for the camp trailer, installation went relatively easy and operation of the unit continues to be great. More importantly is your product follow-up for Customer Service...providing a r-e-a-l name vs. Customer Service dept. along with a phone number and email contact information all pretty rare in todays environment. E-Trailer continues to be my first-source for product information search.
J - 12/19/2014


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I don’t know because it didn’t come with plug and play wiring as described. After asking for specific vehicle information one assumes that the wiring included was vehicle specific. However no. I ordered the adapter wire from {online] . I thought it was deceiving and resulted in an inconvenience to me.


Comments
You will want to make sure to enter in your year, make, and model before ing a brake controller and it will give the vehicle specific adapter. For a 1995 Ford 250 - 350 the adapter would be part # 3035-p.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 03/22/2022


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I have installed the Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller with the ETBC7 Brake Controller wiring kit on my 1990 Chevy Blazer Scottsdale. Everything that I needed was included and the installation instructions were simple. We will be trying it out for the first time in early November when we are going to rent a small travel trailer. If we like the experience we may buy a travel trailer to go with our brake controller! Before and after pictures attached. Thanks for the quick service and support.


Comments
Brakes work perfectly. Our rental trailer worked out great for an 800 mile round trip and 4 nights at a Florida State Park. We bought a used 20 travel trailer in February and have taken it on two short trips and a month long vacation. We have had no problems at all and now have almost 3000 miles of towing behind us. One emergency stop was exciting, but the rig stayed perfectly straight and probably stopped shorter than the Blazer would have done without the 4 extra brakes behind it. Thanks for all of your help and support.
V J - 10/02/2016


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Product was delivered on time. Installation vehicle was a 2012 Ford Expedition Limited with factory tow package and was a breeze. I purchased the pre-wired pigtail which fit the Ford connector with no problem. I used the snap-in plastic bracket, mounted on the knee panel as close as possible to the center console. I held the bracket in place using painters tape to check the mounting position before driving in the self tapping screws. Start to finish was less than 10 minutes. I pull a 29' tandem axel travel trailer which comes in around 7,000 lbs and so far, stopping has been smooth and even with no jerking.


Comments
After a year of use I am very impressed with this controller. Previous controllers I have used tend to be too aggressive on applying the trailer brakes, especially in stop and go driving, but not this unit, it is very smooth. However, when needed, as in one emergency stop last year it pulled us up quickly and straight. I would certainly recommend this product.
Steve M - 12/27/2017


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I used this trailer brake with the separately purchased adapter. Very simple to install just plug and drive! Make sure you take sometime for placing the controller. On my truck 1999 Ford F-350 I have a manual transmission and I barely touch the controller when I put it in reverse. Everything worked so well I spent 7 hours cleaning and waxing my truck for head to toe! Even cleaned all the door jams! Won’t need a new truck until the government bans diesel! PS. The controller works great too.




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Works like a dream on my single axle 3200 lb travel trailer and my 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Like many of the other Tacoma owner reviewers, I mounted my Tekonsha Primus IQ controller in the small cubby to the left of the steering wheel and ran a couple screws up through the lower switch access to mount the bracket hidden inside the dash. Ended up looking like a factory install, exposing just enough of the unit to access the controls and read the display.




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Pictures of the install. Approximately
a 20 min job. First picture my finger is pointing to the factory plug with the etrailer supplied harness plugged in. Note the harness did not specify that the white common with the ring terminal should be connected to ground. But then again that SHOULD be obvious. I will be towing this weekend so I will rate the product then. One minor gripe is that there is always power to the unit which is a battery drain (as evidenced with the key out of the ignition and the unit stayed on) Not sure as to the impact but the controller can always be unplugged or removed.
Sorry for the dirty floor mats in the photos.


Comments
Just a quick note, there is an automatic shut-off on the Primus IQ. After 15 minutes or so of in activity, the controller will power down automatically. As soon as the controller detects movement, it comes back on. No battery drain, and you do not have to remember to turn the controller off or on.
-- Etrailer Expert Patrick B - 01/30/2014
what year Tundra in pics . I have a 08 and I am going to get an IQ for it . do you still like yours ? i guess a ground is needed ? I see what looks like a one white wire with harness
-- comment by: Les H - 08/09/2015


by:

Great braking feel. Love the proportional versus the old basic controller I have. Install was simple with the adapter harness and stays nicely tucked out of the way




by:

installed on a 2009 F-150 everything was as advertised. It was plug and play. My truck had the wire plug behind the dash so was easy to hook up. I installed it in the hole below the coin holder. To reach the pre-wired plug you have to remove the panel anyway. I don't like any wires showing or anything I might hit with my leg. So did not mount it on the lower dash. You have to pull the plastic box out to unplug the connector. So just cut off the back of the box off and run the connector through the hole and connect to the controller. This way you can remove the controller anytime you want. Also you can see the readout much easier then mounting it on the lower dash. See pics


Comments
flawless
alan - 01/18/2018


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I've been running the Tekonsha Primus IQ for just over a year now. Very pleased w/ it.
Simple set up & operation. I tow a variety of trailers w/ my '07 2500 HD including dump trailer w/ firewood, car hauler, and enclosed cargo trailer. The weights are anywhere from empty, to 5k. Very easy to adjust as conditions change. I borrowed a trailer from a family member and the controller picked up a short. Come to find out a wire was pinched from ramps being slid in on the underside. The digital screen notified me before loading it up and hitting the road. I would recommend this product.




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I haven't hooked up my trailer yet but the connecting and mounting instructions are easy to follow and my vehicle came with a brake controller wiring pigtail which made installation even easier. It powers up and responds the way it is supposed to. I have no doubt it will work properly based on hundreds of other 5 star ratings.




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Great trailer brake controller easy to use works as advertised easy install just followed the instruction video.




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This is a great controller. I have a small single axle trailer and it was easy to set up and adjust. The only thing I had to do custom was to install some small wood shims between the bracket and the underside of the dash so that the unit would be level when mounted. This was due to the fact that the underside of the dash was curved and sloped. I like that I can easily disconnect and reconnect the unit when not in us, because the bracket stays mounted to the dash.


Comments
GReat.
Peter - 09/28/2021


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Installed quickly an easily into my 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD by wiring up to the factory harness. Be sure to watch the etrailer.com video to see which wires need connected at the fuse box in the engine compartment! (Easy hook-ups, just need to make sure you see which ones get hooked up and where.)

And if you don't use your ash tray, these brake controllers squeeze nicely into the ash tray compartment/recess in the lower part of the dash. Makes a great place to keep most of the controller out of the way and it's easy to install (you will have to create 2x new holes in the plastic detachable controller mounting bracket but its very easy - you can see the mounting screws in the 'new' holes and the old holes go unused as shown in the photo).

Only had a trailer hooked up once, but the controller functioned as designed. I think the 'Boost' function will come in handy if I use a well-loaded trailer and need some additional stopping power from the trailer.




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This is a great controller, recommended by my trailer manufacturer. I actually don't know too much about it, how it works, etc. But it doesn't require much knowledge to use it. Install it like instructed by etrailer it just works. You can see the number goes up as you apply more pressure on the brake pedal, and the trailer stops with no problem. It's magic.
The only thing I wished they do is to supply a longer length of the thin wire to connect to the break line. For my 2013 CRV, the break line you need to tap into is on the left side of the steering column, if you want to install the break controller on the right side, the wire is a little so short; but you can make it, it's just a little tight. I want to install the break controller to the right side of the steering column because I don't want to accidentally bump into it every time I get in and out of the car. It's a great, the best product though.




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Shipping was great. Stared at it for a couple of days before unpacking. The trailer connector mounting was easy with the holes almost matching the existing holes on my 2013 Toyota Highlander. The first four wires are a snap, they are just plugged into the existing four pin connector. I routed the two wire cable towards the front using ty wraps and improvised L brackets fixed to existing chassis screws.

I mounted the Circuit Breakers on the inside of the left fender making sure there was hood clearance (see photo). Then I hit a snag. There was no easy way to get the brake and 12V power wire to the brake controller inside the car. For grins, I goggled "brake controller video" for my car and came up with a video made by "eTrailer." (Thank you eTrailer) Three things from the video helped me: wire access from inside the car through the firewall, a place to mount the controller and how to locate the brake wire. After the installation I had 18" of two wire cable left over. The install took me about six hours. (I'm 71 and I took my time.)

A couple days later I connected the trailer for a test ride. The brake controller worked like a dream.

Things I liked: Retaining the four wire trailer plug setup next to the seven wire trailer plug. Controller display works but you don't have to look at it. The two wire cable was adequate for the job. Being an Engineer (retired) I worry about things like that.

Thing I didn't like: The mounting plate for the trailer plug is a little weak. A stiffer plate would have been better suited for me. and, oh yeh, somebody else to install it. ;=)





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ETrailer's customer service is second to none! This was a replacement for a brake controller that went bad. They made the exchange process extremely easy.




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The break controller works great. I have used it several times since it was installed. The installation video was spot on.




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Installation was straightforward with help from the online videos. I also installed the ETBC7 universal installation kit. At first I thought etrailer had shorted some parts, but it turns out that the 18140 bracket is sold separately. Had to take back the choice words I uttered under breath. Ended up mounting the provided bracket directly to the hitch with screws which was a little more difficult. As a safety measure--and a little on the overboard side--I also used a dremel to cut a small slit in the center of the provided bracket so I could attach a hose clamp similar to the one in 18140.
Space inside the cab for mounting the brake controller was tight.
Nonetheless, all works fine per my test meter. Don't yet have a trailer to connect, but meter checks out fine.




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Installed in my 2014 GMC Acadia in about 30 minutes. Used the GMC plug-in wiring adapter. No problems. Looks like it was made for that location.


Comments
Still working great
Terry G - 08/21/2019


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IT WORKED PERFECTLY. This is my first time to purchase, install, and use a brake controller. Add to top it off, it was my first time to pull a trailer. It was on a Saturday, exactly six days before a scheduled tent-camping trip, when my wife found a good deal on a used pop up camper. The camper was equipped with electric brakes, so it was required to install a brake controller on my SUV. It was Sunday (next day) when I ordered the Tekonsha TK90160, along with the other necessary part numbers #118449, #A0500, #18136, #ETBC7. I was planning to take the parts to a shop to have it installed as soon as I received them. I was hoping I can get them on Tuesday, but UPS dropped it off to the local post office, which caused it to be delivered at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon. The shops that I went to either did not have an installer available, or were all booked for the week. I had to "take courage" and install it myself. I am so thankful that etrailer.com provides extensive videos of reviews, installation, and operation of the products that they sell. I made the connections as shown and hoped for the best. I picked up the camper on Thursday, and was sooo relieved that it worked perfectly. We took off on Friday and the camping trip was a success. We are looking forward to making more good memories with our camper. Thank you etrailer!



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    After going over the possible error messages in the manual which I have linked for you, none of them seem to match what you are describing. The closest is the n.c. code which will flash for 15 seconds. It indicates that a trailer is not connected to the vehicle, a trailer is connected but there is a short on the brake line, the trailer connector is corroded, or there is a loss to the rake magnet ground. This is possibly the code that comes up. What I recommend is checking the trailer connector...
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  • Where to Find Brake Controller Connector on 2010 Ford F250 Super Duty
    The tow package connection port on your 2010 F250 is clipped to the rear of the coin tray located in the center console. The coin tray will need to be temporarily removed so the connector can be detached from the rear of the tray. The 3034P can be plugged in, and the wires ran out the side of the center console as desired. Our friends at Tekonsha kindly provided a photo showing the location of the tray.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes That are Locked up on a Gooseneck Trailer
    Sounds like your breakaway system has the pin pulled or the 12 volt accessory circuit of your trailer's wiring is shorting out to the brake output circuit. You can test this pretty easily by testing the voltage at the brakes like you already did but without the trailer wiring connected. If the voltage is still there then it's somehow related to your breakaway system. Most likely the pin is partially pulled out or something went wrong when you installed the new battery. If the voltage...
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  • Does a Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake Controller Lose Settings After Unplugging
    If you were to unplug the Tekonsha Primus IQ from your vehicle it would reset and the setting would be lost. It would not lose it's settings if you were to unplug your trailer connector from your tow vehicle after towing.
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  • Does Brake Controller Need to Be Removed When Towing Trailer with Surge Brakes
    You would not need to unplug or remove your Primus IQ Brake Controller part # TK90160 when towing a trailer with surge brakes. The circuit on the 7-way of your trailer wouldn't have a wire that runs anywhere so the controller shouldn't even detect a trailer.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Location in the Cab of a 2010 GMC Sierra 1500
    I was unable to find a guide for your specific vehicle, however I have included a link to a video for a 2008 GMC Sierra that shows the brake control wires under the dash below the steering column and down by the brake pedal. The wires will be bundled up and there may be a white tab around them. Let me know if this is not helpful and we will do further research to try to help you find these wires. The video shows the technician pulling the wires from the brake pedal area at the 1 minute...
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  • Trailer Brakes Lock Up at Low Speeds Using a Tekonsha Voyager Brake Controller
    Since it has been a few years, you may want to check the wiring connections for the brake controller and make sure everything is tight and that there are no loose connections or corrosion. Then move on to checking the vehicle and trailer side connectors for corrosion and clean them out. Corrosion can also build up behind the connectors where the wires attach. If you are still have issues, you can fully engage the manual override and then let it snap back into position. Do this several...
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  • Where is the Manual Override Located on the Tekonsha PRIMUS Trailer Brake Controller # TK90160
    The Tekonsha PRIMUS brake controller, # TK90160, has a manual override lever located on the front right side. It is just a lever or button that you push in. The instructions are stating that for that particular step you need to hold in the manual override as far as it will go. I have included a picture and a link to the instructions. The manual override is part C in the picture.
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  • What Does the SH Error Message Mean on a Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Trailer Brake Controller
    On the Tekonsha Primus, # TK90160, the SH error message means that the brake controller is sensing a short on the brake wire (blue) when at idle. The instructions I have linked also state that some test lights and non-Tekonsha testers can cause this problem. The most likely cause is a dirty or corroded trailer connector. Inspect the truck and trailer side connectors for dirt and corrosion. Also check where the wires attach to the back of the connectors. On the trailer check the main ground...
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  • Wiring a Trailer Brake Controller to the Factory Harness on a 2012 Toyota Tundra
    The extra wire that is on the factory harness is not used by the brake controller. You can tape it up and stow it out of the way. On the brake controller and its wiring harness, the wire colors and functions are as follows: White = ground Black = 12 volt power Blue = output to trailer brakes Red = input from brake switch
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  • Red Light Flashes on Primus IQ After Battery Was Replaced on a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado
    The first step I would take is to reset the brake controller. To do this, you simply unplug the connector at the back of the brake controller for about 20 seconds and the reconnect the connector to the brake controller. I spoke with my contact at Tekonsha and he told me that this can happen when the vehicle batteries are replaced, especially if the brake controller is left connected in the vehicle while the battery is being replaced. If you reset the brake controller and continue to...
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  • How to Turn Off a Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller When Not Being Used
    Electronic brake controllers like the Tekonsha PRIMUS IQ Electronic Brake Controller, part # TK90160, receive their power through the wiring harness that plugs into the rear of the unit. The other end of the wiring harness plugs into a connector under the dash board. If you do not intend to tow anything for the foreseeable future you can simply disconnect the wiring harness where it plugs into the vehicle wiring. In the event that in the future you do want to use the brake controller...
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