No Electrical Power to Brake Controller

Tiny
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  • 2001 GMC SIERRA
  • 120,000 MILES
The brake controller on my 2001 GMC Sierra works fine with the manual control lever but not when the brake pedal is applied. The controller has four wires. Of the four, the red wire is supposed to receive power when the brake pedal is applied. However, there is no power at the red wire when the pedal is applied.

Everything else works fine. All of the lights on both the truck and trailer work as they should. I have replaced the brake light switch at the pedal but that did not solve the problem.

The brake light switch has six wires coming from it in these colors: Wt (grnd), Or (hot), Prp, Brn, Grn, Grn/Wt. None of the wires (except the orange wire) produce voltage when the brake pedal is applied. All of the wires (except the white ground wire) are hot when the ignition is turned on.

My questions are these: From where does the red wire on the brake controller get its power? How can I determine where the problem lies and how to fix it? Where can I find a high resolution wiring diagram?

Thanks.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 3:32 PM

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Tiny
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According to our diagram there are only 4 wires going to the brake light switch and that is with cruise control as the other one has only two. The diagram that I've attached. I am assuming this is a 5.3L engine and has no traction control. Hopefully you have checked the fuses underhood for this. The red wire to your controller should go to the white wire so it powers when the brake is applied. However as this is an after market thing I would send you to a place that installs these andsee where they put it as it may be a wire that is supposed to be hot all the time and may be installed on the fuse box underhood. Isee no grn/wht wire on the diagram.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 4:11 PM
Tiny
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Please note there is also a vehicle stop fuse underhood as well that is not shown. It shold be marked on underhood fuse box cover
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 4:14 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the diagram. The brake light switch I have definitely has six pins.

I have checked all of the fuses and they are good. There is an additional, 30A maxifuse that is in Stud #2 in the underhood fuse box. This fuse apparently goes to the controller although it isn't identified as such on the fuse box diagram. Unfortunately, the 30A maxifuse is good :( If it wasn't, it might have fixed the problem.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 AT 5:12 PM
Tiny
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No idea what to tell you other than previously as 2000-02 all show only 4 wires to switch but what I gave uyou is correct it may be a bad controller too.
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 AT 7:00 AM
Tiny
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Hmmmm. What I really need to find out at this point is where the stop light to brake controller signal is coming from. The controller isn't working when the brake pedal is applied because there's no power going to the red wire on the controller. The red wire gets its signal from the stop light which in turn activates the controller when the brake pedal is applied. What's confusing is that I can't identify how the brake lights are activated and how that signal travels to the underdash plug.
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 AT 7:12 AM
Tiny
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Stop light to controller was given in first reply.
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 AT 6:40 AM
Tiny
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The problem is that there are 6 wires on the brake light switch and none of them activate when the brake pedal is pushed. The white wire on the switch is always hot. All of the fuses are good. If I can find a convenient wire that activates when the brake pedal is pushed, I am not averse to jumping it to the controller.
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 AT 7:26 AM
Tiny
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Here is a trailer circuit that the lt blue wire shold be hot when brake is applied. BUT in the normal circuit the WHITE wire is hot when brake applied from switch on brake pedal. Are you sure you have checked all the fuses underhood for this? As that is where they are. See pic. I really don't know what to tell you other than to have alocal guy look at this. As everything I've sent shold have those working.
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 AT 7:36 AM
Tiny
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Ahhhh. The white wire. Fixed! I tapped into it.

I had thought the white wire was always hot. I think when I tested it before, I was lying on my back and I may have been pressing against the pedal.

Thanks so much for staying with me on this.

-John
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 AT 11:58 AM

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