I Think My Brake Controller Wants Me Dead
Well, maybe not dead, but it sure likes to frustrate me.
I've been driving my mess around the country full time since July. I have an 01 All American Sport behind a 97 F350 dually. In general it's fine, except when it comes time to stop quickly.
I bought my truck used and it has a tekonsha P3 brake controller. However its operation seems to be completely backwards from what it should do. The most brake power I can get out of it with the brakes applied is around 4. This also only occurs when I'm at or near a stop. When I'm moving, I can't get any more than 1. This requires me to have to reach down and pull the lever should I need to come to a quick stop. My truck is a stick so I certainly can stand to have my hands freed up from this (extra) exercise.
What's really tearing my hair out is the brake controller's tendency to apply the trailer brakes when I'm climbing a steep hill. As if I'm not slow enough already, I have this to worry about. Having the boost feature turned on only seemed to amplify this problem, so I've generally left it off. The brake stay on even if I tilt the controller in its mount.
This is my first experience with a brake controller, but it just doesn't seem to do what I need it to do. Am I wrong in that assumption, or is there a possibility of something being wired backwards, or do I need to pitch this controller and replace it with a new unit?