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Old 01-11-2010, 10:53 PM
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Hey there, i have just joined this site but have been lurking in the shadows for some time now. Hopefully you guys can help me todat, and vise versa in the future!

I bought a Tekonsha P3 Trailer Brake Controller and installed it today because i bought a trailer today and needed the brakes. I drive an 07 ram1500 laramie 4x4 with trailer package. I purchased the dodge specific wire harness and the unit powers up and am able to enter the menu's and everything fine.

my problem is that with the trailer attached, the TBC does not recognize the trailer, and gives an error saying so.

i read somewhere that it may be a fuse issue and that if the 3rd brake light doesn't work the brakes wont work. i have checked and everything seems fine.

can anyone help?
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:04 PM
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Do you have the factory 7 pin?
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yes. i have the "factory tow package"
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I have the same controller, the only problem I ever had was when the fuse blew, I think it was #40 which is the same one that controls the third brake light
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yeah but my third brake light works, i check it 15 minutes ago.

when the fuse blew, did the controller still work? what does that fuse control specifically?
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When the fuse blew, the controller still powered up using the manual boost lever, but would not operate when I applied the brakes. The fuse in question is for high stop light and for a brake control. When mine blew, my carco lights still worked and the brake lights on my trailer still worked, that fuse controls the power to applying the electric brakes, thus causing a fault on the controller. But appearantly this is not the same issue you are facing. It may be an issue with the unit, or possibly a bad connection on the trailer.
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thanks for the help so far!

i plan on connecting to a buddies trailer tomorrow and narrowing the list of possible problems.

ill post an update tomorrow and maybe get this thing figured out
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Yeah,let us know the verdict
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Let us know how the other trailer test goes. I have issues with my Ford's TBC not recognizing trailers, but since I've started carrying terminal cleaning foam and spraying both connections before I hook up I've had no problems. If there's any corrosion on the connections then they can have trouble recognizing it's there. Just my experience with TBCs.
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thanks for the suggestion CdnoilRAM i will give that a try

as for the trailer test, 2 more trailers are not recognized.

i guess i will now see if someone has a TBC i can swap for another test and determine if its the TBC or the wiring.

does anyone know how i could test this theory another way? the only person i can think of that i might be able to call is the guy i bought the TBC from on Kijiji.ca. He has the exact same model i saw in his truck, but hes located far away
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