Originally Posted by Dtapp23
so I took a flat bladed screwdriver and somehow was able to guide the loop of the cable back inside the actuator and it worked but I am concerned this cable could just come out easily and cause the brakes to lock up while I am driving. I don't want to pull on the cable as I am afraid I will be back to square one and have to try to jimmy it back in there again. Is there any way for me to be sure that the cable is in properly?
I'm not sure if I am understanding this correct. Usually one end/loop of the CABLE is connected to a pin that goes into the breakaway switch. When this pin is pulled out, it lets the two sides inside the breakaway switch contact each other, thus completing a circuit to power your trailer brakes.
The other end/loop of the cable is hooked to your tow vehicle. If the trailer ever comes disconnected from your tow vehicle, then the cable will pull the pin out of the breakaway switch, thus to provide power from your trailers battery to apply the electric brakes on the trailer. You always want to make sure you leave more than enough slack in the cable, so it will not pull the pin when making turns with the trailer. You only want this pin to be pulled as a last resort when the trailer is leaving the tow vehicle (god forbid this ever happening).
If this pin is missing, I would think that you pushing a metal cable back into the breakaway switch to separate the sides, might still maybe allow the circuit to be completed somewhat. See pics below of the pin.
The good new is these breakaway switches are usually less than $20 to replace and can be picked up at auto parts stores, or trailer supply places. If yours is missing the pin, from how you are describing it, I would replace it posthaste. I would also replace it, just to give yourself piece of mind.
Is there any way you can post of pic of your situation, so we can see if the pin is missing or just pulled out some.