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Old 07-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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e brake cable came out - now brakes locked

I Went to go hook up my TT and I noticed that the ebrake cable was unplugged, so I plugged it back and now its smoking and smoking, and my brakes are locked. How can i fix it?

the little black piece on the cable that plugs in is now melted
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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Unplug your trailer from your truck if it's connected.
Disconnect your battery in your trailer.
Unplug your trailer from shore power.

The emergency brake switch is supposed to apply FULL 12v battery
power to your brakes in the event of a lost trailer/un-hitched emergency.

Yours has melted the little plastic housing around the contacts.
You can temporarily cut the wires, tape them separately so they
don't touch anything or each other
and buy and install a new emergency brakeaway
switch as soon as possible.

Once you've cut and taped the wires off the old switch you can re-connect
your battery and shore power if you need them.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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Follow up-
See this page Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch, 7" Lead Wires Hopkins Accessories and Parts HM20010

and this page etrailer.com - Products breakaway switchhttp://

Don't tow your trailer without this switch!
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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I also learned something here - I didn't know how the circuit was completed if and when the cable was pulled. I see from the posting that it is simply a bayonet plug that completes the circuit when pulled.

Thanks KyDan.
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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I just bought a new switch and cable. Gotta go home and install it now. Thanks
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Let's hope that if you plug it in again after you have connected the new switch it does not smoke and melt down again.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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It worked good, I just dropped it off at the dealer for our new one.
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