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Old 01-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Wiring issue

I've towed only once with this car a few years ago. It had a factory hitch installed when I purchased the car (used)

When I towed before, the lights worked fine. It was a Home Depot trailer and they verified before I could leave.

I bought a boat yesterday, and it uses the same flat 4 plug. I have running lights, but no blinkers or brake lights.

I plugged in a tester and it confirms the lack of blinkers. Not sure if it does brakes or not.

So, before I rip apart the lights on the trailer, I want to fix the wiring on the car and make sure the tester shows everything is good.

Any tips/ suggestions on where to start?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #2
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Steel wool and die-electric grease. I've had this issue several times, and (even tho there is a recall for my '07 for the wiring), several times it boiled down to a a bad connection. Clean ALL your contacts (on BOTH sides), apply the grease (lightly), then try the connection again. Hopefully, this will solve your issue.....
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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Thanks, got any tips for getting the steel wool inside of the tiny hole?
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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Tiny, flat-head (or jeweler's) screwdriver should do the trick. Just make sure you get all the residue out before plugging it in....
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #5
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CRC QD Contact Cleaner (03130) is faster and easier. Afterward, apply dielectric grease and when the connector isn't in use, put a connector cover on it:
http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-48735-4Wire-Replacement-Covers/dp/B0000AXU02/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DA99K9TALVQ3&coliid=IDDK04V53A635 http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-48735-4Wire-Replacement-Covers/dp/B0000AXU02/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1DA99K9TALVQ3&coliid=IDDK04V53A635
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #6
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There's a re-call for the Honda trailer wiring harness. Looks like you have that gremlin.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #7
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There's a re-call for the Honda trailer wiring harness. Looks like you have that gremlin.
The recall doesn't apply to this year.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:03 PM   #8
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Any thoughts about just buying a new plug and swapping it?

I haven't had he chance to get any dielectric grease yet. But I was thinking a new plug should only be a few bucks, no?
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Old 01-25-2013, 05:45 PM   #9
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Okay, I "scrubbed" the contacts and added some dielectric grease. Still no luck. Only tail lights.

Think I should try the new plug route? I'd hate to cut the wires unnecessarily...plus have another point that can fail.


Edit, I tried the trailer lights with a friends truck and they all work appropriately.
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