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Hydrastar Controller Adapter, Carlisle Hydrastar Controller Adapter Frd. Sup. Duty & Prodogy
Carlisle has introduced an add-on module that makes the 2005-2007 Ford OE in-dash controller compatible with the HydraStar line of trailer brake actuators. The “HydraStar Controller Adaptor Module” (model HBA-CAM) unit eliminates the false error messages* and HydraStar “clicking” generated by the Ford Two Command controller, an option on 2005-2007 F250/350 pickups. The HBA-CAM does not effect the operation of the Ford controller. Braking performance is unchanged. The HBA-CAM unit also eliminates false error messages generated by the Tekonsha Prodigy and Sentinel. The HBA-CAM is for use with Carlisle HydraStars only. It is not designed to be used with other manufacturer’s trailer brake actuators.
THE HBA-CAM IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE 2008 AND LATER FORD CONTROLLER.
* Under laboratory testing it was possible to make the 2005 Ford Tow Command produce error codes even with the HBA-CAM installed. With the gain set at 2 or less, and rapidly cycling the manual braking switch for a minute or more, error codes could be seen. It is important to note that it is inconceivable that this condition would occur in normal vehicle and brake operation.
Some controller manufacturers state that their products are intended to be used only with electric brake systems. Using their controllers with the Hydrastar may cause the controller warranty to be null and void. The above controllers were tested with the Hydrastar and found to be compatible where indicated. Carlisle can only stand behind the controller that we actually sell.
No error indication is provided on the brake controller display in the event that the blue wire from the brake controller becomes disconnected from the HydraStar unit
Important Note for Hydrastar Owners
The HBA-CAM is intended for use with Carlisle’s Gen 5 and newer HydraStars only. Wiring the HBA-CAM to an older version HydraStar will damage the HBA-CAM.
GEN 5 and newer HydraStars have 4 wires and a bleeder fitting on top. If your HydraStar does not have these features, do not attach the HBA-CAM.