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Trailer light issue?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by jeckel7234, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Oct 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    jeckel7234 [OP] Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2011
    First Name:
    05 Tacoma
    Add-a-Leaf, Leveling Kit, 31.5 Nitto Grapplers, Mag-Lite Mod, Anit-Key in the ignition beep mod, Tail gate theft mod, Trifecta tonneau cover, washable cabin air filter,
    On both of my trailers my left turn signal doesnt flash, the bulbs and trailer wiring are good, ive come to the conclusion that its from the truck. Any ideas on where to check or maybe a wiring diagram for that? oh and the light on my truck flashes fine and operates correctly.
  2. Oct 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    shemp Well-Known Member

    Aug 23, 2012
    First thing to check is the plug itself. You didn't give any kind of details about what kind of trailer wiring you have, so its hard to make a guess. If, for example, you have a flat 4-pin plug, the contacts are made out of tinned copper. Those contacts tend to deteriorate quickly when exposed to salt unless you keep them well greased. That would be the first thing I look at.

    If you have a round socket connector, check the wires leading into the back of it. Often water can get in there and damage the wires.

    Now not sure if you have factory or aftermarket wiring.
    If you have factory wiring, there should be a plug about 2-3 feet back from it at the driver's side frame rail. You can check there for continuity on the line that is giving you problems. If you find power there, you may need to replace just the tail portion of the wire. Also check the trailer fuses and relays under the hood.

    If you have aftermarket wiring, make sure that your normal lights on the truck work properly. If they do, replace the aftermarket unit since its probably shot.

    Another simple test for you before going crazy: Do the BRAKE lights work on both sides? If they do, then the problem is in the trailer light converter or the brake signal running to the converter.
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