Electronic Brake Controller Sunshine Coast Auto Electrician
Harmac Auto Electrics for all your Sunshine Coast electronic brake controller needs, regardless of the make of vehicle you drive. We supply and install all electronic brake controllers. Call 0409 343 050
When you hit the road with a caravan in tow, safety should always be job one.
The rules in Australia are clear: if you are towing a trailer or caravan with a GTM over 750kgs, you are required to have electronic brakes. Even if you have your trailer equipped with brakes, they will not work without an electronic brake controller. This unit can go in the dash, under it, or sometimes even in the centre console. The controller is wired to all of the following: the battery, stop light circuit, and the 7- or 12-pin socket where you connect the caravan plug. When installing the electronic brake controller, there should be no conflict with the ABS system or the computers in the car. The time it takes to install the system is dependent upon the controller model and the vehicle in which it is being installed.
While the types of electric brake controllers that are available are wide and varied, they all essentially work the same way. The power is drawn from the stop light on the vehicle into the controller, and then passed on to the caravan via the plug and socket. When you push the brakes in the car, the caravan brake lights should come on. We always recommend using a pendulum based or proportional brake controller, as this means that you will get brake power in the caravan that is proportional to the motion of the vehicle doing the towing. In short, you get a smoother, more responsive braking experience every time. Good controllers will also come equipped with manual braking that allows you to apply the caravan and vehicle brakes independently. This is perfect for situations where you want to avoid swaying or instability.
We recommend and routinely install Tekonsha and Redarc brake controllers. The cost of installation will depend on the type of system and vehicle.
For all your auto electrical problems, please call Mark on 0409 343 050.