? on my Tekonsha Voyager brake controller

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  1. suprz

    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    first let me say that i have a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller, I had my brakes worked on in May of this year, (new pads and magnets) they worked great the first time out but since then they have stopped working, the second trip they didnt engage at all. I got back from that trip and checked my TV connector and found the blue wire and the ground wire were terribly corroded and grounding out against each other, i cleaned them and figured all was well. this friday i hooked up to go up to NH for the weekend and again no brakes! when i got home yesterday just for the heck of it, i pulled the manual slide control to see if the brakes would engage and they did. so now i am thinking the controller is just out of adjustment? the power dial is all the way up so it must be a problem with the "level" dial? what are your thoughts?

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  2. ozzy1

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    Hey suprz,
    This might seem like a stupid question. But I'm going to ask anyway. Do the brake lights on your TV work? If the don't, you probably blew a fuse and that's why when you step on the brakes, your PUP brakes aren't working.
    During normal operation, your PUP brakes work off of the output side of your brake light switch. If you don't have any power to your switch re: blown fuse, your brakes won't work.
    The manual slide is for just a case like that. It works by bypassing your brake light switch. So if you do happen to blow a fuse such as your brake light fuse. You can still manually operate your PUP brakes.
    Also, there are some brake boxes out there that have a fused connection in the wiring, after the splice from the brake light switch. That fuse would be to protect your brake light switch in case of a short such as what you had.

    Clear as mud?

    Just trying to help!!

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  3. suprz

    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    thanks ozzy1, my brake lights do work so i am hoping it is just the level dial. i am hoping the blue and white wire on the TV being shorted out didnt destroy the controller

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  4. recumbentman

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    suprz
    I have the same controller and I can tell you that yes if you forget to place the level dial pointing vertically straight down, the controller will not work correctly.
    don't ask how i know :)

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  5. KISMETT

    KISMETT New Member

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    I also have the same controller and you're right about the position of the level dial on the left. The level dial tells the control board how the black box is mounted on the dash. This controller activates by a momemtum switch. Similar to that of a pendulum. The controller can react to the situation accordingly. It will react slower going uphill than travelling downhill. It can sense a regular stop vs. a panic stop. Level dial positioning is crucial to its effectiveness. The older units sent a signal to the brakes at the same speed all the time, reaction time never changed.
    The dial on the right is for brake aggressiveness and trailer weight.
    Sorry,guys, I didn't mean to sound like a salesman. I'm just a RV technician.
     
  6. suprz

    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    KISMETT, thanks for the reply, is is normal for the "level" dial to be hard to turn? mine acts like it is stuck, i really have been lazy lately and havent hooked up the PUP to see if the brakes are working since i adjusted the "level" dial <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Sad">

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  7. Erwin

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    Suprz,
    You really need to follow the instructions on leveling the controller, not just point the dial down. It's fairly sensitive and does make a difference.
    Here they are:
    http://www.marksrv.com/brake_control/voyager_manual.pdf

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  8. KISMETT

    KISMETT New Member

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    Suprz,
    As Erwin stated, follow his link and use the set up directions step by step. You'll need both TV & pup hooked up and room for testing. All I did was get you in the ballpark to get some braking
    effect. I like to adjust it so that I feel just a little bit of pull from the rear when braking. That way none of the trailer braking is on my TV but I have a heavy trailer too.
    The level dial should offer some resistance but not be HARD to adjust.
     

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