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Universal Kit for a Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Ford F-150

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How to Install a Universal Kit for a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Ford F-150


Today on our 2013 Ford F-150 Supercrew, we'll be installing the Universal Trailer Kit for Trailer Brake Control seven-way RV and four-way flat, part number ETBC7. The ETBC7 is a universal kit to allow you to even install a brake controller on your vehicle that already has a four-way flat mounted on it. This kit also allows you to run the 12-volt power supply back to your seven-way as well as you brake controller back to the seven-way. Now in this particular vehicle, there's already a four-way flat from the factory that we'll be tying in with. Also in this installation, we will be running all the wires for the 12-volt power as well as running a wire up for the brake controller but we'll not actually be installing the brake controller during this installation. We will show all the other connections at the rear of the vehicle as well as how we'll tie in for the 12-volt hot lead back at the seven-way. We'll begin back here at the rear of the vehicle.

You can see here how the original or factory four-flat was already mounted. We'll go ahead and remove this from its bracket and we'll be tying this in with the ETBC7 four and seven-way plug. Now you'll see that there's a bracket that comes with the kit that the seven and four-way will screw to. Now this particular customer has asked for us to mount this as high as we could, so we're actually going to use part of the factory mounting bracket that held the original four-way in place. We'll go ahead and take the brackets supplied with the kit, line it up, and drill a hole through each side. Once the bracket has two holes in it, we'll then go ahead and put two holes in the factory four-flat bracket on the truck itself.

Now you may need to bend the bracket on the vehicle itself just a little bit untiloffer some proper clearance of the seven-way door to open up and not hit the bumper cover. We did have to bend it down just a little bit. Now that we've got our holes drilled, we'll go ahead and connect the seven and four-way bracket to the factory bracket on the truck using two screws and two lock nuts. Once that's done, nowwe're ready to go ahead and connect our seven andfour-way plug to the bracket we just installed. To do this, we use the four screws and nuts supplied with the kit. The screws and nuts that we connect to seven and four-way to the bracket are the ones that use a flathead screwdriver on one side and a wrench on the other side.

Once we have this tighten down and we're sure that the seven-way door opens far enough, now we're ready to go ahead and make our electrical connections and then run our wire to the front of the vehicle. Now you can also see that there's some other wires that come off of this plug as well. There's a blue wire which will actually run up to the brake controller, there's a black wire which is your 12-volt hot power lead. there's a white wire with a ring terminal on it which is the ground wire and there's the purple wire which is to the reverse light circuit. Now we will not be installing the purple wire so this wire will just get taped up later after we make some other connections. You'll also notice that the kit comes with a length of wire that has a black and white wire in a gray sheeting.

These two wires will be connected to the blue wire and the black wire that are plugged at the rear of the vehicle by the butt connectors already on the plug wires. We'll then go ahead and strip some wire back so we can connect it to our butt connectors. The black wire will go to the black wire and the white wire will go to the blue wire or essentially become the brake feed if we we're to put a brake controller in this vehicle. Once our butt connections made, we'll go ahead and put some electrical tape on it to protect it. Now for our fourflat, now you'll noticed on the factory four-way there's already some dielectric grease on this connection. If there was no grease already here, we would be adding some dielectric grease to give the connection some protection. This is part number 11755. Now, we'll go ahead and plug the four-way in from the factory as well as to the connection on the back of our plug. Once this connection is made, we'll go ahead and put a zip tie on it to help make sure that this four flat connection stays together. Now that that's done, we'll go ahead and use some electrical tape to taped up all of our connection back here. Now, we'll leave the white wire with the ring terminal loose as only to use a self-tapping screw suppliedwith the kit and ground it to the frame of our vehicle. Now that we have all of our electrical connections made, we have the ground screw in on a white wire with the ring terminal. Now we're ready to run our black and white wire that's bundled in a gray coating to the front of the vehicle. To help us do this, we're going to use an old section of airline tubing to help feed this wire through the frame of the vehicle. Now we've got our wire run up to the front of the vehicle by running it through the frame. we're going to pull out the frame or we'll then run it up into the engine department. Again, we'll use some airline tubing to help us in this process. Now once we have the wire pulled up on a driver side near the firewall, we're going to need to choose a location where we can mount our 40 amp circuit breaker. Right here on the firewalls are good location to mount this. We'll be using two of the small self-tapping screws supplied with the kit. Now you'll notice that the wire is prettylong here, we'll actually need to peel off the the gray sheeting off the white and black wire at this point, so once you have your length figured out to where your black wire will tie in with your circuit breaker, we'll go ahead and strip the sheeting off of the other wire. Now that we have the white and black wire exposed we can go ahead and trim the black wire to length that will reach the circuit breaker. We'll be connecting the black wire from the rear of the vehicle to the silver side of the circuit breaker. To make this connection, we'll use the small ring terminal support supplied with the kit. Next we'll go ahead and we're going to cut off enough white wire that can go into the vehicle if they so choose later to add a brake controller. For now, we're just going to bundle up the excess white wire which is essentially the blue wire and we'll use a few zip ties to help secure it here underneath the hood. Next we'll need to go ahead and take the extra black wire that we trimmed off and put another small ring terminal on the one end and we'll need to connect it to the copper or brown side as a circuit breaker. We'll then go ahead and take this black wire and route it over to the battery. We will use a few zip ties along the way as well to help secure the wire. Once we have it route it over to the battery, we'll go ahead and trim the wire to length and then we'll add the large ring terminals supplied with the kit. Next we'll go ahead and connect it to the positive side of the battery. Now that we have our 12-volt wire connected to the positive side of the battery, now we're ready to do some test to make sure that our seven and four-way are working properly. To test the seven-way, we use our tester here as showing in this gray box. As you can see here, when the running lights are on, the light lights up for clearance lights. The left turn works as well as the right turn signal as well as the brake light function. Now since we don't have a brake controller in here, you will not see the brake control feed working but when we flip the switch here, you will see that the 12-volt charge gaugedoes go up to the 12-volts. When you flip it off it goes back off, so we do have 12-volt hot back at the rear seven-way. Next we'll go ahead and use our regular test light to test the four flat. On this one we'll take our ground on our test light and put it to the exposed spring on the four-way. Then the next hole up is the running light for the brown wire, as you can see here it's working fine. The next one up is the left turn, again that's working okay and the top hole is the right turn. Now the top two are both the brakes, so with the brakes on you'll get a constant light or a beep. Again, these are working just fine. With that, all of our functions are working in both the seven and the four-way at the rear of the vehicle except for the brake controller itself which we did not installed during this application and that'll conclude our installation of the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller Seven -way RV and four-way flat, part number ETBC7 on our 2013 Ford F-150 Supercrew. .


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