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    Ranger Trail wheel locking up in reverse

    just happened for first time yesterday, backing down to the ramp and then into the garage the passenger side rear wheel is locking up in reverse, only the 1 out of 4....i assume the surge breaks arent dissengaging? can someone give me an idea what to look for?

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    Check to see if you have voltage to the reverse solenoid on the trailer. If you don't, check the wiring from the vehicle. If you do have voltage, you may need to change the reverse solenoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blakstr1 View Post
    just happened for first time yesterday, backing down to the ramp and then into the garage the passenger side rear wheel is locking up in reverse, only the 1 out of 4....i assume the surge breaks arent dissengaging? can someone give me an idea what to look for?

    Also, after finding the cause and fixing the the reverse solonoid not activating in reverse, might want to look into why the drivers side brake was not locking up like the passenger side. Rotors on both sides should get too to touch for a few minutes after firm braking a couple of times. Driver's side might need to be bled some if it is not getting hot to touch.
    Last edited by Lou r Pitcher; 05-16-2012 at 10:28 PM.
    happy 'trails',


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    Rumor has it, a bad back up light on truck also causes this. But, with 1 side misbehaving, probably trailer solenoid.

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    If you put 12 volts to the solenoid you should hear it click - does your trailer have back up lights? If so do they work? If the back up lights work it's probably the solenoid power or ground is bad, or if you can't get it to click when energized after making sure the connections are good, it might be the solenoid is bad. Most Ranger trailers with surge brakes have a manual overide switch in the tongue over the master cylinder than you can turn in one direction to override the brakes when backing up if you need something to use temporarily until you get it fixed right. As soon as you pull forward the override disengages and you have to manually reset it to back up again.