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Old 08-14-2011, 08:13 PM   #1
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New TV and prodigy and cooked TV brakes

Picked up a Suburban 2500 and had a Prodigy installed.

Hooked up the trailer, reset it for electric over hydrolic. Preset it at 6.0 per the instructions and did the 25 mph test and all is good at 7.0

Went for a test drive that included a couple mile downhill on a mountain road. Lots of braking. At the bottom of the hill the Suburbans brakes were hot and you could smell them inside the truck. Not good at all.

Any one have any ideas as to what's going on?
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How hot did the trailer brakes get?
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Old 08-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #3
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I'd suspect the trailer brakes were hot. Being the Prodigy was newly installed, check out that installation for errors. It seems I remember there is a maximum angle from level it can be mounted, is it mounted correctly?

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I'd suspect the trailer brakes were hot. Being the Prodigy was newly installed, check out that installation for errors. It seems I remember there is a maximum angle from level it can be mounted, is it mounted correctly?

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Actually they installed it vertically. I re installed it level and horizontal after reading the instructions.

The trailer brakes were barely warm.
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To me it sounds like Prodigy could just need further adjustment- the boost, the voltage. As I recall I run mine somewhere around 8( and it will go up to 12). I don't know about others, but I don't ever feel completely satisfied with the settings and am always tinkering with it.

If brakes were only warm, and the trucks were very hot, try increasing the voltage to trailer brakes, and perhaps boost. Perhaps the trailer brakes need adjustment (if adjustable).
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Double check your 7-pin hitch. I had the same problem with my Prodigy and overheating back wheel brakes on my Tundra. I put some wd-40 on the connector to make sure i had a good connection and have not had the problem again. It does take awhile to get the controller set up to optimum and there are plenty of threads on here about that. I was getting a short indicator light on my Prodigy before i did the wd - 40 but not since, so i think it was a bad connection. Also you might check to see if you have any broken wires leading into the brakes through the hubs of your tires on the trailer.
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