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Old 06-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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Reset Breakaway switch

I accidently pulled my breakaway cable while putting my trailer away. Do I simply put the pin back in the breakaway box to reset or is there something else I need to do? Feeling pretty stupid right about now. Thanks for any help. By the way, my Escape came with the Bargman Breakaway switch installed.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:53 PM   #2
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

I believe it's just a mechanical switch.. so just putting the pin back in should do it.. I've read in other forums that some people just take the pin out as a "theft deterrent", so the trailer can't be moved.. Something I wouldn't do, as I afraid that sometime it just wouldn't work again..
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #3
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

Or, you'd lose the pin!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

I usually check the operation of my breakaway switch every so often, at least a couple times a year to make sure it operates the brakes. I would not pull the pin as a theft deterrent as it would put a constant draw on the battery, draining it down, and I imagine it would put lots of wear on the brake solenoids.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Yep.. losing the Pin would definitely not be good.. I was just mentioning (as a theft thang') that it's not earth shattering to pull the pin out.. unless you're on life a support system..or playing with hand grenades.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:32 PM   #6
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

How are you fastening the breakaway switch cable? I have decided to use one of those link-screw deals (like for the safety chains) to fasten it to the hitch.
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

I pull it through the "chain hole" on the hitch and hook it to the link on the chain.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:03 PM   #8
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch


Reace showed me. First, you put a loop in the cable to the break-away switch ( put the cable through the loop a couple times ). That is so you can take up extra slack.
Then you pull the cotter pin that secures the hitch pin. You put the break-away cable loop through the loop in the cotter pin and the loop for the cable over the hitch pin and then re-attach the cotter pin to the hitch pin. I just disconnected mine or I'd take a picture. Hell, I will anyway, since I have to put the EQ away.

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Old 07-04-2009, 09:20 PM   #9
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch


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The loop you make in the cable so you can take up slack.

Hooking it through the cotter pin and over the hitch pin.

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Old 03-28-2010, 06:25 PM   #10
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Re: Reset Breakaway switch

"...some people just take the pin out as a "theft deterrent", so the trailer can't be moved..."

The way the safety switch is wired is one wire goes to the hot side of your trailer battery, the other wire goes to the blue wire going to the brakes. Pulling the pin makes the circuit between the two feeding power to the brakes. The above scenario should run your trailer battery down since now the brakes are sucking juice from the battery. Actually only the magnets are being activated and the brakes are not applied until the wheels turn. All a thief would have to do to defeat that system is to cut one of the wires. Anyway, it's not a good idea.
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