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    Problem with brakes

    I have a 2011 F-250 that tells you info about the brakes and trailer. I noticed yesterday while towing tractor and 2 full pallets of mulch it kept jumping around from saying trailer connected to trailer not connected. That basically means that it quit detecting the brakes for that moment of time. And kept jumping back and forth (not safe because the trailer brakes stop working at that point). When I got home I notice that my trailer plug was really HOT and I mean hot! This a gooseneck by the way so it plugs into the bed. Wondering which way the heat went I felt up the lead going to the trailer and after about 24 inches it wasn't hot any more. The female plug in the truck bed was extremely hot as well.

    Any ideas what could be causing the problem and excessive heat build up? Not sure where to start looking first.

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    Heat, without a blow fuse which would indicate a short circuit, indicates high resistance. Intermittent information indicates connection failure. Most likely cause is a worn or corroded connection on the plug
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    I have a 2011 F250. When I had that problem on my gooseneck, it was in the trailer brakes. Sounds like something is shorting out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mn1025rfilb View Post
    Heat, without a blow fuse which would indicate a short circuit, indicates high resistance. Intermittent information indicates connection failure. Most likely cause is a worn or corroded connection on the plug
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    I have a 2011 F250. When I had that problem on my gooseneck, it was in the trailer brakes. Sounds like something is shorting out.

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    Is the power connection a fuse or a circuit breaker? My brake controller has a self resetting circuit breaker. If you have a short, the circuit breaker will open, when it cools it will reset itself.

    Time to break out the multimeter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtgt View Post
    Is the power connection a fuse or a circuit breaker? My brake controller has a self resetting circuit breaker. If you have a short, the circuit breaker will open, when it cools it will reset itself.

    Time to break out the multimeter.
    Yep DMM or VOM will certainly help here. I would first recommend a visual and mechanical inspection of the connector as that's where the heat is it would indicate that is where the problem is.
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    I'll take the trailer wire plug apart and see what I find in there first and report back.

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    Problem with brakes

    Overheating of the trailer socket and plug usually are an indication of corrosion, high resistance causing voltage drop and high current load across the poor connection. Clean both sides of the connector terminals, apply some dielectric grease and you should be ok.


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    This ^^^^ plus open up the plug and socket and check/clean/tighten those connections too.
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    Curious which brake controller you have?
    Prodigy?

    If your magnets in the backing plates are worn through...you will get similar results to what you described from your controller.

    The heat in the wire is another issue & perhaps related to above.
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    Well I had time to work on the truck and trailer today. I started with the trailer plug, took it apart checked all the connections and put some more grease on it. That didn't fix the problem. The Barnes under the truck for the goose neck plug was my next stop. I took it apart, all looked good and tight plus new grease. Didn't fix. Unplugged the gooseneck harness at the bumper/factory plug. It had got some water in it and minor corroding. I thought ahha, cleaned it all up put new grease in it and put it all back together. And.....still didn't work! Started checking fuses pulled every fuse with the word trailer in it. They were all good!

    As of today they don't work at all. Truck info center in the gauge cluster says trailer connected, I can see the gain amount and all. But when I even touch the brakes it says trailer disconnected. When I let off the brakes it says trailer connected and all is back to normal. All lights work perfectly.

    At this point I'm at a loss. Beer comes out. Only one other thing I haven't thought to check. Maybe it isn't the truck. I go up to my father inlaws and plug in his camper. Works perfect!!! I step on the brakes and the gain goes up just like it should.

    So tomorrow evening I guess I'll start trouble shooting the trailer. Glad to know it isn't in the truck though. For some reason it senses the bakes are there but when you press the brakes it looses connection. Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!
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