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Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2013 Dodge Durango

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How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2013 Dodge Durango


Today on our 2013 Dodge Durango, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller. This is a proportional controller that will work for 1, up to 4 axles. It's part number 90195. We're also going to be using the Tekonsha Plug-In Wiring Adapter. This part number is 3045-P. Here's what our brake controller is going to look like once we get it installed.

The P3's are really nice, all-around brake controller. It's going to work for 1, up to 4 axles and it really gives us a lot of settings where we can customize this set-up, not only for our trailer but also for the driver. We look at our menu here: we can switch our brake type if we're using hydrolic or electric, that's easily selectable. Just hit, "Okay," there. It will ask you to confirm it. Then, here on the top corner we've got our boost level.

We've got boost level 2, 3, we can turn the boost level off, or boost level 1. The boost is going to allow us to set our initial braking power and how aggressively those brakes are applied. In addition to that, of course, over here we can change our power, our maximum output. If we set it at 4, and go to, "Max power to our brakes," as you can see it's going to go right up to 4, and that's it. This is going to send power to our trailer in proportion, or in relation, to how quickly our car is decelerating.

There's a accelerometer in there that will move forward and back. The thing that is nice about the P3 is that we can mount this on a 360 degree plane. It's got a self-leveling system inside of there that's going to allow it to be mounted if we want it to up here. However you need to mount it in your application, it's going to work out great. This is also going to offer us 5 programmable settings. The settings can be not only set for a trailer but this can also be adjusted for different drivers.

Everybody is going to apply their brakes differently. It's really customizable, wide range of uses. Something that is very cool about it also: 2 tabs here on the outside, we can pull these off, separate our clip here on the back, and this can be taken right out of the vehicle. It's going to come with a nice protective carrying case. We can throw this in the glove box, tuck our wiring up there, and not have it exposed out here all the time. When we need it, we'll pull it right back out, slide our connector into place, and just re-position it right on our bracket. It's just as simple as that. It's registering here that we've got our trailer hooked up and we're going to be ready to go. Another great thing about the P3, right now we don't have any trailers connected or anything so we just got the beginning screen here. As soon as I make a connection at the rear side, you're going to see that it's indicated for us. You can see our screen changes now. We've got indicated right here a truck with a trailer on it so we're going to know that it's ready for use. Our trailer is connected. Another great thing are the built-in diagnostics system that if we we're to loose connection or have some kind of a fault, you can see there. Now we're going to get the flash, "No trailer connected." That's going to indicate to you you've got some kind of issue that needs to be addressed. Our installation is going to begin by removing this, kind of like a decorative or a cosmetic cover, that is underneath the dash here. There's a couple of push pin fasteners that we will take out. There, and we come over here. All right, now that should just come down, out of the way for us. That will allow us access right under the dash. Set that aside. If we want to, we can certainly re-install this, if not, we don't have to. Now here's our parking break lever. It comes up to a little white panel here. Right above that we're going to see our grey connector. That's what we'll plug into our pigtail. To release it, there's a little catch here on the bottom. We'll pull down on that, and then just give it a push rearward, and get it slid off. Once we get that tab released, we'll just kind of push it forward slightly. There you see it's going to come right off there and be accessible. You can see a little tab, it's going to be located right there. You just want to pull down on that tab, and then that will allow you to slide it forward and out. Now, we can take the end of the pigtail, and it can only slide in one way, slide that in. You want to hear it click, and then we'll push and pull just to make sure that it's nice and secure. Here's the bracket that is going to come with the P3. As you can see, this offers a quick release here and a quick release on the rear. If we want to remove it and only put it in when we want it, we'll have that option. It's going to click in place nice and sturdy and you've got a very, narrow kind of minimal bracket, or a minimal amount of hardware that you're going to need in order to secure it. It's going to go right on there. This is going to be secured using the provided screws. Once we pick our location and pick our angle, we'll put our screws in and secure it. Now, for mounting you can see there is a nice little area right here. Our bracket would go in there nicely. We can put just a couple of small self-tapping screws in there. It will really hold that in place. That's going to give us a nice, solid surface. As an alternative, you can bring it up here on your dash, wherever you'd like t have this mounted. If you wanted it up here high to keep it closer to you, or wherever you wanted to mount it, that's your option. I always like to keep them down here, that way we're not modifying anything up here. But, the choice is yours my friend. Now to secure it in place we'll use the hardware provided. There's just a couple of self-tappers. That's nice and solid. Now let's bring our brake controller bracket into play. Let's just tighten these up a little bit. That'll give a little bit of friction but not so much that we can't move it. That has a little bit of range there. I want to bring in the brake controller itself, and make our connection here on the backside. It fits right in there. It's almost like it was made to do that. Now we'll position the backside up in our bracket. Just tip the front up and it will clip in here on this side at the top, and on my side as well. Let's figure out how we want it positioned here. I kind of like to keep them up. Of course, we have our brake petal here so we don't want to be too far down. Put your foot in there and test how you're going to be moving. See that is all the way up. No issues there with any interference so we can mount it flush up against the bottom. Now we'll go ahead and secure both of our self-tappers here on the side. At this point the controller is installed. Let's get that wire tidied up down there. Let's get our wires kind of tucked up here where they will be out of the way. The excess wire that we've got, we've got a nice cavity kind of over here that we're going to be able to tuck most of this up into. It brings it over just like that. We don't want to secure it to any moving parts, or anything like that, but we can come to the solid part of the steering shaft up here. Put that wire tight right around there and that should be perfect. It'll have everything up and out of the way. We have the rest of it tucked away nicely over here, in case we'd ever need to get to it for any reason. Let's just trim off the end of that zip tie and that'll have it taken care of. With the Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller working as it should on our 2013 Dodge Durango, that will complete today's look and installation of part numbers 90195 and 3045-P. .


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