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Corrosion on trailer elec. connections.


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:26 am    Post subject: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Seems like every year it's the same thing. In the spring on a summer trailer or in the fall on a winter trailer, the connections have gotten corroded and it takes awhile to clean them up so that the lights work. Any one got a solution?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:13 am    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you go to auto supply they have eletrical grease and sprays that will stop corrosion. You can also find it at an eletrical supplier or a hardware store.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Start with new wire. Solder and heatshrink all connections. Use die electric grease on your bulbs and plugs. You will find your lights work pretty much every time.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Redo all conections an ues Dow Corning 111 on them you can get at local electric supply store.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Plain old Vaseline will work too. It's not as good as the di-electric grease, but it helps a lot.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:31 am    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

when not in use I put grease gun grease on my trailer plugs and in the socket on t he trucks.

for the plug ends I just wrap a plastic sandwich baggie around them and rubber band it on to keep dirt out of the grease.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dielectric grease is what ya need.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

any grease is bettern' nuttin though.. keep 02 and water away from the contacts and you are better off..
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You have to be careful because some greases will conduct electric which could cause shorting btween posts on plug.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ok.. so don't use one with a metalic content in it... plenty of choices out there.. plain brown chassis grease has worked for me for decades.. cheaper than vasolene or dielectric grease
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Corrosion on trailer elec. connections. Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well don't use those lights with replaceable bulbs(1157) . Go to the round sealed lights like on semi trailers that will get the light end solved . Then for the lights if you go to Grote or such the whole harness plugs together with few joints or connection issues. For the brakes I prefer air fewer problems.
 
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