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Old 09-11-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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NO Running Lights

Help!
We are just about to leave for a nice trip and the running lights for the trailer don't work.
Brake lights and turn signals work.
Doug cleaned the contacts with rubbing alcohol and still no go---

Any quick hints so we can leave tonight?
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:36 PM   #2
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Tow running lights working? If not maybe a blown fuse in the tow?
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That was my first thought--they are working
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:48 PM   #4
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Fuses and circuit breaker all ok on the trailer I assume? I don't really know bulb setup in the rear lights, never taken them apart - is the same bulb used for brake, running and turn?
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:49 PM   #5
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There may be a separate fuse in the tow for the tail light wiring to the 7 pin receptacle. Especially if you have separate brake and turn signals in the tow, then there will be a powered converter module to combine the two functions for the trailer wiring and to provide enough power for brake/turn and for tail lights in the trailer; frequently a fuse is in that circuit.

If you have a factory tow package, look in the owners manual index for location help.
If it's after-market wiring, the fuse may be in a holder near where the wiring connects behind the tail light housing in the back of the car.
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:55 PM   #6
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Good one Don. Anna, if you have a voltmeter and a diagram of the 7 pin receptacle, you should be able to see if the appropriate pins show a voltage when you have the running light on in the tow. Then you would know if the problem is the in the tow or the trailer.
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Fuses and circuit breaker all ok on the trailer I assume?
There should be no fuses or circuit breakers in the trailer for any of the "vehicle" lighting (tail/marker, stop, turn).
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Car pin has voltage. Would a burned out light be the culprit?
Which fuse would it be in the trailer?
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There should be no fuses or circuit breakers in the trailer for any of the "vehicle" lighting (tail/marker, stop, turn).
Thanks ,that takes away one possiblity. So, connector, wire or bulb must be the problem?
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Had the exact same problem in my F150. It's running lights worked, trailer's didn't. All other lights on trailer worked. It was one of the fuses under the hood, had to read the manual's list of fuses 3 times before thinking "that might be the one." On the F150, I think it was fuse #6, and it was a box shaped fuse, not the typical blade fuse (about $3 for replacement). Since the running lights come on when you unlock the door for several seconds, I now do not plug in the trailer if the truck's lights are on, I wait until they go off. Think maybe that might be when the fuse blew originally when trailer was plugged in and that circuit was "hot."
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