Electric brakes

Submitted: Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 15:48
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The slide control on my electric brakes works okay, but I'm almost certain they don't operate when the foot brakes are applied. Is there any way I can check this? What are the possible problems.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 15:58

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 15:58
Easy way to check. get someone to stand beside your Van/Trailor and listen, when you put your foot on the brake there should be a slight hum from the trailor/van brakes.
More info is required... What type of controller?

Other things to look at are!
Has the gain been set properly?
Has the leveler on the controller been set properly?
Is the wiring from bat to controller and from controller to van heavy enough for the current?
Is the circuit breaker between bat and controller ok?
Is the van/trailor wiring in good condition?
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Reply By: Bob - Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:08

Monday, Feb 20, 2006 at 16:08
When you are parked the brake controller will have little or no affect when foot brake is applied.
Current to brakes is determined by a decelerometer/potentiometer in the controller.
The faster you are attempting to decellerate the more current to te trailer brakes.
If you are parked then no decelleration so little current flow.

If the slide control is working there is a strong chance that the brakes will operate.
Only a road test will tell.
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Reply By: Flash - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 12:16

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 12:16
What sort of controller?
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