We have demonstrated all of these fixes checking the ground on the trailer. The trailer itself is actually used as a ground obviously. Now there is some cases where you boat trailer guys and some small utility trailers out there, the ground is actually carried in a separate wire that lowers the trailer frame completely. The same tricks apply to check and make sure your light is working. Again the connection to the light could be bad or it could be actually a smashed wire underneath the frame of the trailer or also up front where you have got a little bit of road rash dragging the ground. We will go ahead and show you next an example of that type of wiring on a different trailer. 01:04
All right this example here will show you that first off one way to check it to make sure is look at the 4-pole at the end of the trailer at the tongue, follow it down. If it does not stop anywhere where you have an opening or any parts to the frame or anything like that then chances are the ground is wearing inside the wiring harness. And on this example here we can start by looking at the tail light and we have got the wire harness. 01:27
On our other trailer it had two wires going to it, the right turn and the running light circuit. On this one we actually have three wires. The third wire would normally be going to the frame on the other trailer however on this one the third wire is our ground. So that tells us that our ground is carried in the wire itself. So it ignores the frame completely. So if you have something like this and you have some weird stuff going on check to make sure your ground wire that is going to the light is good. Obviously this is a sealed connection but some of them can be bolted onto the stud on the light itself to give you an example like that. Or this wire could somehow have gotten mashed somewhere up in the frame too. This is something for you tilt trailer guys out there. The big problem about that is on the tilt trailers is that you have a pivot point right here. You have got the tongue or the ground wires attached to and that ground has got to go through the tongue, through this pivot point, and out to the frame. In this case it is going straight to the axle which is not going to do us any good. If this was going to the frame the ground is going to get corroded up and rust and all of that stuff. Even though it kind of moves every now and then and scrapes it it still is not going to make a good connection. And there is a real simple fix for that. All you have got to do is run the wire from this point to the other side of the pivot point. Just enough for it to work and it carries the ground on both sides and then you do not have to worry about the lights flickering or anything like that.
Today on This Old Trailer we are going to replace the wiring on this trailer. Right now, this trailer has a 5 pull socket here and the owner uses a patch cord in between here and his tow vehicle. What we are going to do is remove all this and add a 7-way cable that leads right to his tow vehicle. We will be using part number H20046. We will unbolt the connector here. Then we will go ahead and untape it and undo the screw right here, it should release the inside part where the pins are and the wires are connected. Tale that, push everything out. Simply disconnect our wires. 1:04
In this edition of “This Old Trailer” we are going to wire up the lights on this trailer. Previously we had hooked up electric brakes and you can see, right now we have the junction box installed on there and we have wires ran for electric brakes. We have nothing for the actual tail lights themselves. That is what we are going to start on today. :30
Next we are going to go to less obvious stuff. Say for instance you have got your ground wire hooked back up to the frame and weird stuff happening out back. We will have to dig into the wire itself a little bit. In this case basically you want to check your wiring connection. You have a wiring connection right here that could be a potential problem right there. Chances are whatever fitting you used to put the wiring together might come loose. And also we have something kind of obvious too. The wire here has a little bit of road rash on it. You can see the bare wires on the inside. Even though it may still be making contact eventually this wire here will corrode up inside there and it will just lose contact so we are basically going to have a broken wire eventually. Lets go ahead and take this apart here we will see what we have got on the inside. 01:14
The first thing you want to do when you first start working on electrical problems is you want to divide and conquer. You have two parts here, the truck and the trailer. You want to verify which one actually has the problem. Chances are it is going to be on the trailer, but then again you still want to check the truck too. So use a separate light tester, hook a ground not to the frame but to the 4-pull ground itself because this is what is going to carry the ground to the trailer. :52
Now we will move on to another circuit. In this case it will be the right turn circuit. And we will just check the signal on that. On the right turn signal here again, the same principle applies. Start from the front and work you way back. What happens a lot is that on some of these lights here where the wire gets ran in behind it, there is a channel that these wires fit into. However a lot of times, even on brand new trailers. This wire actually does not fit in the channel, they miss when they put it together. The wire gets smashed between the light and the frame of the trailer. Eventually they wear down to a minuscule spec of wire that is visible but it will cause a short and all kinds of headaches.