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Old 04-27-2007, 09:49 PM   #1
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Help with Pollak plug


I just bought a new pollak recptacle for my tow vechicle. It's a 7 way flat blade type. My problem is the lugs you connect the wire to have little bent up tabs so that you can't get the wire under the screw. How do you connect to this plug? There must be something simple I'm missing. Please help.

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Old 04-28-2007, 01:41 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Uncle Jack
Hi, I just bought a new pollak recptacle for my tow vechicle. It's a 7 way flat blade type. My problem is the lugs you connect the wire to have little bent up tabs so that you can't get the wire under the screw. How do you connect to this plug? There must be something simple I'm missing. Please help. Uncle Jack
Hi Uncle Jack:

I'll keep it simple. After you strip the end of the wire bare, perhaps 3/4" long, spiral the bare wire by twisting it in one direction between your fingers. Then curl this tight wire around the base of the raised screw lug, keeping it inside the small raised tabs. They are there to hold the wire in place as you tighten the screw.

Or remove the screw, make a loop out of the twisted wire end with needle nose pliers, place the screw in the loop and tighten the screw.

Alternatively, assuming you can completly remove the lug screw, crimp a small closed loop to the end of the wire and attach the loop to the terminal with the lug screw. If you cannot remove the screw, use an open ended (like a horseshoe) crimp terminal instead. But closed loops crimp-ons are more secure. Good luck!

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Old 04-28-2007, 05:54 AM   #3
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Hmmm..funny you mention this, as i am in the process of wiring my 1977 Lincoln Town Car to pull my 1969 23' Safari.

I purchased this same Pollak 7 way flat blade plug and was surprised to see that 6 out of the 7 plug ends were this way. The center post (yellow wire/spare) seems to have a round end lug that you strip the wire, and shove it in all the way whilst tightening the screw, and you have a very solid connection--almost impossible to pull out.

I stopped at our local RV superstore just yesterday and inquired about this, as I just don't particularly like the thought of all those closed loop solderless crimp terminals crammed in there.... I picked out a "Bargman" 7 way plug, and for kix n giggles the parts guy removed it from the package, took it apart and showed me that it had the exact setup as the Pollak brand.

So then I spied on the shelf a Velvac plug out of cast aluminum, and it had the 7 round lugs on the back that you shoved the bared wire end in and tightened the screw...(much like a circuit breaker box)...but wouldn't ya know, it was for a 7 way ROUND pin setup..... (not the 7 way flat blade ) ....AND it was almost $40 bux!! it's back to the drawing board......hmmm....

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FWIW, guys... don't sweat the Pollak/Bargman connector wiring connectors' strength. There are millions of 'em out there, and I don't ever recall hearing about one failing from being pulled apart at the wiring by some overzealous owner. If that happens, i suspect you've got much bigger problems than merely losing a connection!

Corrosion is almost always a bigger problem, and frankly that's even pretty unusual.

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Old 04-28-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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wrap the wire around the stud to the right or the direction the screw turns, so that as you tighten the screw it does not push the wire off the screw but spins it on tighter.
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