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Posted: 06/29/21 05:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WNYBob wrote:

Don't use dielectric grease!
Use contact cleaner / lube.

Why no dielectric grease?

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Etrailer recommends the use of dielectric grease...checkout their HOW2 on the link below

https://www.etrailer.com/faq-dielectric-grease.aspx


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Posted: 06/29/21 06:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Geo*Boy wrote:

WNYBob wrote:

Don't use dielectric grease!
Use contact cleaner / lube.

Why no dielectric grease?


Dielectric grease is actually an "insulator" for lack of better words, do not use it between points of contact.

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Posted: 06/29/21 06:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Below link might help some understand HOW2 us dielectric grease on electrical contacts.

https://www.thedrive.com/maintenance-repair/39173/dielectric-grease


Or lookup "electrical contact wiping", which has the mating contacts "wipe" against themselved.

This wipes off oxidation to get metal to metal.

Dielectric Grease gets wiped off during that mating and whatever grease is left will seal the connection.

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Fisherman wrote:

Geo*Boy wrote:

WNYBob wrote:

Don't use dielectric grease!
Use contact cleaner / lube.

Why no dielectric grease?


Dielectric grease is actually an "insulator" for lack of better words, do not use it between points of contact.


The point of the grease is to prevent corrosion of the terminals. Corrosion is a much more effective insulator than the grease is.

The downfall of grease is that it catches and holds dirt so some effort to prevent contamination when the connectors are not plugged in is beneficial.

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Update.
Crawled under this morning to take a look. Sure enough, a broken wire in the rear axle hub driver side . A quick fix with a crimp and tape to work for the trip until I make a better permanent fix. the other 3 were in tact and looked good although the cheap wire job went to one axle and pigtailed over ....... junk!!!!

With covid and a bad fractured ankle 16 months ago I did not use trailer a lot for past 2 years and did not notice things but knew braking was not right....... my fault for sure. I figure I was running with only braking on my front axle!!!!!


While getting started this morning I notice my front tire on passenger side of trailer has 2 good size pieces of the rib missing . These are Sailun 3607 good tires I put on 6 years ago. Glad I saw it!!!!!! Dropped the spare and looked at that piece of junk and thought no way!!!

Called a local reputable shop and they had 4 sailuns left and had me installed 2 hours later . Great shout out to Kal tire!!!!!
I did have about 35,000 k on the first sailuns so no complaints there.
Thanks to all you who helped out.
Safe travels!!!!

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