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Troubleshooting Wishbone Wiring


I bought a wishbone to re-wire my trailer Harbor Freight one im not savvy with electrical stuff by any mean, i ran a test and everything went ok BUT when i step on the truck brake the stop light goes off instead of glowing more as usual brake lights does, also the color codes on that harness is Green,Yellow, Brown, White and Red the red one throwing me off a little bet, which i assume is the same as the brown one? Any help would be much a appreciated, Have a good weekend! Thanks


Expert Reply:

It sounds like the running lights are the issue as they are not functioning with your wishbone harness. I'm not sure what harness you have but a 4-way wishbone like # A25W2GWB will have two taillight wires, one for driver side stop/turn and the other for passenger side stop/turn.

If your lights are not working, in order to determine the specific problem you will need to purchase a circuit tester if you do not have one - the very handy Cordless Circuit Tester # PTW2979 would be my strong recommendation due to how easy it is to use - and test the connector on your vehicle after disconnecting it from your trailer. Check the wiring going into your harness from your tail lights to see if those wires are carrying the correct signals, if not then the issue is with the vehicle wiring.

If the signals going to your harness are okay, you'll need to test the signals coming out of the harness, and if they are correct then your issue is likely going to be with the trailer side wiring. You will also want to check both your vehicle and trailer connectors for corrosion, which can be green or white in color. A build-up of corrosion can interfere with the signals getting through the connectors so if it is present you will need to either replace the plug or clean the corrosion. You'll also need to make sure your grounds are attached to bare metal surfaces and free of any paint, dirt or corrosion. Finally, check your wiring thoroughly to ensure there are none that are crimped, broken or otherwise damaged.

I have added links to a pair of help articles on trailer wiring, including a troubleshooting guide which I highly recommend taking a look at.

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Kyle S

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