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Old January 13th, 2010, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default How To: Install an OEM Brake Controller in a 2009 F-150

I recently picked up a 2009 F150, which has been just an excellent truck. When I got it, I wasn't able to find one with the brake controller option, so I decided to install one myself. Note: Your truck NEEDS to be equipped with the trailer tow package. Most were, but some base 4.6 models were not. Check your truck, if you have both the 4 and 7 pin trailer plugs from the factory, you should be all set.

Its quite easy to do, here's how:

Obviously, you need to get the brake controller itself. I got mine from Tasca auto parts online. They were pretty quick and had them in stock. The part number is 9L3Z-2C006-A for the 2009. I am pretty sure the 2010 is a different part number.

OK, once you have it, then you need to remove the coin tray below the shifter, thats where it will go. To do this, grab the bottom of the trim and gently pop it out. The whole piece is just held with clips.



Work your way up, unsnapping the clips. You'll want to pull out the right side, as the left side is slid under the dash trim.



Once its out, you'll need to unplug your 4x4 switch, if you have one. You can see it here, just push the button and release it..



once removed, you can see the coin tray here. I think its 9/32nd or 7mm to remove it, just two bolts....



When you remove it, you'll find it has a dummy plug molded into it, that the trailer brake harness is attached to, just unclip it, and get rid of the coin tray



Here's the new brake controller. Note the big rubber nub on the back, leave that on there, its a support pin/cushion for it. Plug it in, and install it into the dash with the two bolts.



OK, now reassemble the trim and its all installed. You should see it light the display up when you start the truck, then it will go blank. You may see a brake system fault the first time.



What you need to do now, is have it activated at your Ford dealer. If you are in the metro air, check out Suburban Ford, Natureboynate & Trailrail302 will help you out

Here is the procedure for the dealer, it literally takes 5 minutes or less. Once this is done, you are all set :)



Programmable Parameters
The message center will display TBC FAULT if it is receiving communications from the Trailer Brake Control (TBC) module, but has not been configured for a trailer brake system. If the message center displays TBC FAULT and there are no DTCs stored in the TBC module, follow these steps to verify and/or modify the TBC module programmable parameter in the Instrument Cluster (IC).

1. Identify the vehicle using the normal Integrated Diagnostic System (IDS) process.

1. Select Programming and press the check box.

1. Select Module Programming and press the check box.

1. Select Programmable Parameters and press the check box.

1. Select Personality and press the check box.

1. Follow the on-screen directions.

1. NOTE: The scan tool will display either EQUIPPED or NOT EQUIPPED to the left of TBC-IC.
Highlight TBC-IC.

1. If the IC needs to be configured for a trailer brake system, choose EQUIPPED and press the check box.

1. Carry out a self-test of the TBC module. Refer to the Trailer Brake Control (TBC) Module DTC Chart for any DTCs retrieved

NOTE: The trailer brake system is normally installed at the assembly plant, however, the system can be installed at the dealership but only if the vehicle is equipped with the trailer tow option. This option can be confirmed by verifying the presence of both the 4-pin and the 7-pin connectors at the rear of the vehicle as well as a receiver hitch. If the vehicle is not equipped with these 3 items, then it is not equipped with trailer tow and cannot have the factory Trailer Brake Control (TBC) system installed. On those vehicles equipped with the trailer tow option, the electrical connector for the TBC module is attached to the back of the coin bin/ storage tray. If the system is installed at the dealership, the TBC module will be installed in place of the coin bin/ storage tray and the Instrument Cluster (IC) must be configured to communicate with the TBC module. Refer to the Wiring Diagrams manual, Cell 95 Trailer/Camper Adapter and Cell 151 Component Location Views for connector and wiring information. Refer to Programmable Parameters in the Diagnosis and Testing portion of this section for information on IC configuration.

* Without a trailer connected to the vehicle and with the ignition key turned to the RUN position, the TBC module display lights up/proves out, but does not light up afterward (will not illuminate with input from the gain + button or slide lever)

* Instrument Cluster (IC) not configured for TBC system

* REFER to DTC U2202 in the Trailer Brake Control (TBC) Module DTC Chart.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 01:48 PM   #2
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Old January 13th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #3
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This was super fast to program... I was suprized how quick it was. The brake controller is worth every penny they work Awsome!!!!

Great write up Jesus ....Thanks again, enjoy the truck.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #4
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Is that a thumb drive plugged into the dash? If so, I'm jealous.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #6
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Is that a thumb drive plugged into the dash? If so, I'm jealous.
Yep, it's a feature of the Sync system. It can read from a phono plug/ line-in, USB thumb drive (or Ipod w/ controls via the ipod cable plugged into the USB port), or by Bluetooth.


On topic, the module programming is literally what I do for a living (from the development side). I have a PDS and IDS system available along with access to the PTS (the technician website with programming information by VIN). I work in Dearborn and live in Southgate, so I can help out with free programming for people who want to pay me a visit.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #7
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5.4 in that truck? what mpg have you been getting? seen your happy with it in another post.

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Yes, thats a thumb drive, you can see in one of those pics the artist/song on the display, its playing from the thumbdrive. Very convenient with the voice activated sync stuff..

Yes, its the 5.4 in it, 4x4 crew cab, short box with 3.55s and the 6 speed auto. FOr mileage, I've been getting 14-15 city, and 18-19 hwy. I'm happy with that, for sure. My commute turns in bad mileage numbers on anything I drive.

My last car was a V6 AWD fusion, got 19 avg.
before that, 4 cyl Focus, got 24 avg.
My TJ gets 15 mpg avg

So getting 15 in my truck is just fine with me. 75 mph hwy is around 18, 65 mph hwy was 19.5 mpg. I also have only 2200 miles, might loosen up a bit still. Its used 355 days a year to drive to work, or to haul the family, really didn't want to go with another 3/4 ton.

I *really* like this truck. Seats 5 adults very comfortable. Rear view camera in the mirror makes parking and hooking to the trailer is retardedly easy. The traction + stability work so well, I really never use 4wd in it (I live down twisty dirt roads that never get plowed...).
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The traction + stability work so well, I really never use 4wd in it (I live down twisty dirt roads that never get plowed...).

Ya your roads suck, for being a city folk
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Hehehe, some of the guys in my club say its a trail, not a road. LOL, 2 years ago, I spent 4 straight hours dragging cars out to the nearest paved road...
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back up camera in the mirrorrrr???! Would you mind showing a photo of this sometime? That is awesome!
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it was not that bad but the basement wall is only 3' from the bottom of the stairs and she comes up pretty fast
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back up camera in the mirrorrrr???! Would you mind showing a photo of this sometime? That is awesome!
Let me tell you, BEST money I ever spent on an option in a vehicle. In fact, Trailrail had this truck brought up from another state to get one with the camera for me (end of year clearance, stock up here was pretty low). You can see in the picture, the green, yellow, and red bars. Those are about 3, 2, and 1 feet away or so. And the back up sensing beeps get faster as you get into each zone.

When you aren't in reverse, the display disappears and you have normal mirror.

3 big things for me:

1) I have little kids. So between bikes in the driveway, and the rare possibility that on of my kids runs out, I can see everything behind the truck.

2) Parking is soooooo easy. Back into any space, I can put the truck 4" away from the next car first time, every time. After this holiday season parking at crowded small lots, this was awesome.

3) Hooking up to the trailer is stupid-easy now. You can see the trailer ball in the camera. You just line up that black dotting line on your trailer coupler and back up. Again, you'll get it right first time, every time, by yourself.


My wife has the truck now, while her van is in the shop, she's 5'2", and happy to have that camera.
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OK, so we got to tow with the truck this weekend. Worked GREAT.

I think the best wa yto describe it, is I didn't feel the trailer at all. I didn't have to brake harder than normal, and didn't feel like the trailer was pushing or dragging us. Very seamless operation with this brake controller.

Overall, the truck was easy to tow with. We were towing about a 5500-6000lb load, with 500lbs in the bed as well. Got about 11.5 mpg @ 70 mph.

I wasn't sure how it'd do without the manual shifters than the dodge and chevy have, but it towed fine in 6th, and then would go into 5th when I wanted it to, and stayed there as long as I wanted it, very easy to control what gear it stays in. Tow/Haul worked very well.
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Do you have power drivers seat on the truck?
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how much did the OE plugin trailer controler cost you? How about how much did the dealer charge you? great write up this is good to know.
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Yes, I have the power drivers seat, and power adjustable pedals.

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how much did the OE plugin trailer controler cost you? How about how much did the dealer charge you? great write up this is good to know.

$233 from Tasca Ford (bought it online, they stock most of these 'upgrade parts'). Considering that its a $230-ish option on the sticker anyway, the cost was the same. Dealer charge was about 15 minutes of time, will depend on your dealer. I have read where people have paid as much as $90-$100 at their dealer, that is much too much.
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Excellent and very helpful information. One question. What is the pigtail adapter supplied with the vehicle used for. I'm guessing it's for an aftermarket controller. Thanks
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Excellent and very helpful information. One question. What is the pigtail adapter supplied with the vehicle used for. I'm guessing it's for an aftermarket controller. Thanks
Yep, you don't need it. In that same bag, though, with mine, were a few relays to installed. I installed those in the underhood fuse block, per the instructions.
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