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Trailer tow receptacle right side: turn signal displays correct voltage when signal applied 11.8 volts, but depress brake and only .08 volts displayed. not enough for trailer to pass vehicle inspection. checked/cleaned all grounds, all new fuses, no visible frays in wiring harness,6 way plug near driver kick panel tightly connected. removed old receptacle tested w/o in place still low voltage; totally bewildered as to where problem lies.NEED HELP! PLEASE!

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  • GETWIRED Aug 07, 2008

    this is a 2004 Silverado. wiring for tow package is independant of the trucks lighting. no blown bulbs

  • GETWIRED Aug 07, 2008

    will do thanks ! also remembered one time bulb filament in the right turn signal acted up. tapped on the lens to fix that but maybe caused issue with trailer wiring?



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Check for a blown bulb in the truck. If the bulb is blown, it might be able to properly ground elsewhere

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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    Johnny Hupf Aug 07, 2008

    This might sound odd, but try replacing the turn signal relay. Depending on where they tapped into the wiring for the wiring harness on the truck, that could be the possible problem.

  • Johnny Hupf
    Johnny Hupf Aug 07, 2008

    That could possibly have caused the issue, check the wiring on this receptacle and make sure it is clean, no broken fragments, etc.



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