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Trailer wiring 7 way

My 7 way connecter did not come with a very good diagram. The only thing it tells you is which wire is the ground. Most are color-coded, and we got the lights, brakes, and turn signals to work. We can't get the trailer brakes to work though. If I could just get a wiring diagram or something. Thanks.

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  • ttribbett Apr 21, 2009

    I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with a factory installed trailer/tow package. I have a trailer with electric brakes and in the process of wiring a 7way plug on the trailer vs. the 6way that was on it when I purchased the trailer. Double checking the wiring voltage and continuity I am unable to get a reading (voltage) on the Light Blue wire for the electric brakes. All of the other lights seem to work fine - turn signals, brake lights and running/marker lights! No actual electric brakes however! Could this be a sign of the "Trailer Relay" being bad in the Power Distribution Center (PDC) under the hood? I did find the Red 12volt wire on the Truck side of the trailer plug curroded. I have repaired that and all other wires show continuity in that section.



    I appreciate any help you can give! Thank you in advance for your HELP!



    tribbettt@aol.com

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DO NOT SPLICE WIRES.. You bought a 45000 dollar truck, spring for a wiring T --25 bucks.. ( plugs between main harness and Tail lights.. ) --Available at most good auto parts.. Painless wiring also has a kit.

If you did already cut or splice into your wires, take that **** loose.. Shrink wrap the dammage.. Silicone over srink wrap.. Wire will corrode.. if you did manage to get spliced wires to work,-- in a few years or sooner you will have issues with the connections..Can you say short circuit.. Moisture and loose connections are a thing of the past with sealed tap in wiring.. Plug and play..

If any of this is over your head, get a friend who knows, or a tech to help.. Don't jerry rig a 45,000 dollar new Truck.. Come ON..!!!!!

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