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Old 03-08-2015, 12:22 AM   #1
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Tundra 7 pin plug

Just wanted to know when plugging into your tundras 7 pin connection is the plug held on by the 7 pin lid? Ours looks like the only thing really holding the plug in is the lid for the 7 pin. I was expecting it to be like most plugs and held by the receiver grasping to the plug. Let me know if the is normal for tundras or are we just weaklings and aren't pushing it in hard enough. It's a 2012 tundra.
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:25 AM   #2
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Our Tacoma holds the plug in only with the lid. Probably a similar setup to the Tundra.

I have seen my brake controller complain of 'open circuit' occasionally if I don't push the plug in fairly hard as well.


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All I've had are Tacoma's so far, I still need to make the 30 hour trip to pick up my Tundra. On all of my Tacoma's you just firmly push the plug in as far as possible, I always figured the pins hold it in. I've never had any problem with them coming out aside from the time I forgot to pull it out, which is why I'm glad nothing locks them in.
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On my Tacoma the cover is sprung to closed, and so grips the plug when inserted....works fine.
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I do not get a satisfying feedback that the plug has properly seated in the socket. I was thinking of replacing my trailer plug. Maybe its the socket that needs replacing.
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On my Tundra the plug goes in far enough (about an inch) to where the spring loaded lid catches the notch on the plug. You can not pull the plug out without lifting the lid.


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No Issues

We've had zero issues with the connector on our 2007 Tundra - just plug it in and go. It's never disconnected or lost a connection with our brake controller. We view it as a non-issue.
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Ditto TG Twinkle's answer. There is a lug on the AS umbilical connector that aligns with the tab on the 7 pin connector door on our 2014 Tundra. As long as the alignment is correct, the tab falls above the lug and the lights and brakes all work when tested, you should be good. I've never considered that this connection needs a friction fit to remain in place as long as the lug and tab are aligned.
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On my Tundra the plug goes in far enough (about an inch) to where the spring loaded lid catches the notch on the plug. You can not pull the plug out without lifting the lid.


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Same thing on my 2014 Tundra. Towed my 25' Flying Cloud from MD to UT and back without any issues.
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They are all like that regardless of brand. The spring in the lid holds the trailer plug in. The only ones I've seen that wouldn't hold the trailer plug in are cheap aftermarket ones. The spring on these cheap aftermarket receptacles was not strong enough. When the car hit a bump, the trailer plug fell out. This was the experience of someone we met at the Terraport/service center with a new Bambi and a Lexus RX330 outfitted at Arbogast in Dayton. I've never had the trailer plug come out on any combination.
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Lid Catch

Some photos of the lid catch, and how it holds on my 2009 tundra. Hope this helps.
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It works the same way on my 2007 Tundra, but it's at the top rather than on the side-


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My 08 is also on the top. Never a problem.
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