Identifying a switch on the dash of my 389

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  1. Josiah Harder

    Josiah Harder Bobtail Member

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    Could someone let me know what this switch does? Looks like something to do with the trailer but I don't notice it do anything. I did notice when I use my brakes it lights up green though
     

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  3. Lyle H

    Lyle H Heavy Load Member

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    It’s a trailer hot line switch. It provides power to the center post of your pigtail. It’s used to supply power for your trailer Abs.
    Newer trucks have this post hot all the time and don’t have this switch normally.
    The reason it lights up when you hit your brakes is because the brake circuit provides power to the abs if the center post is not hot.
    I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.
     
  4. Josiah Harder

    Josiah Harder Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Lyle. Should I be running with it on then? Because I've always had it off
     
  5. Lyle H

    Lyle H Heavy Load Member

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    I would run with it on. Because that way you’re getting power to your ABS on the trailer at all times. Otherwise, the only time he gets power is when you step on the brakes. A good way to check would be take a test light to that center post of your pigtail coming out of the tractor and see if it gets hot when you flip that switch on and goes dead when you turn the switch off.
     
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  6. Tall Mike

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    That switch in my truck will raise and lower the front axel on our tanker trailers..
     
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  7. Lyle H

    Lyle H Heavy Load Member

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    With that switch turned off your trailer ABS light should come on for a brief second when you press the brakes .That will also verify what that switch does.
     
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  8. Lyle H

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    Since he mentioned, the light comes on when he touches the brakes that made me assume it was for the ABS hot wire. It could be used as a spare in certain situations like yours.
     
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  9. Josiah Harder

    Josiah Harder Bobtail Member

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    Okay yes that does happen and I had the trailer in 2 shops because I thought there was a problem with the abs since the light would come on when I brake haha
     
  10. RocketScott

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    The switch of the left is for the tanning bed
     
  11. Josiah Harder

    Josiah Harder Bobtail Member

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    Hahahaha yeah obviously
     
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