My small utility trailer has sit here for more than a year. Now I found its lights don't work anymore. I used my multimeter to test the four wire harness and find the following:

  1. Connect any other wire (hole) with the ground (hole) within the harness, I can read some resistance, ohm.

  2. Connect any other wire (hole) with the trailer frame, nothing can be read, no ohm.

  3. Connect the ground hole with the trailer frame, nothing can be read, no ohm.

Then what's the problem is? No ground? How to fix it?

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For the most part, it sounds as though your ground is dead. Trace the ground wire back to where it is connected to the frame of the trailer. You'll probably find that it is corroded where it's connected and it isn't getting a proper connection. It should be the green/brown wire on the right hand side in the second picture. Disconnect the ground at the frame and clean up the area with a wire brush or some sand paper. You'll also want to clean up the wire connector at the same time.

A powered testing source (something which will light the lamps) might be of great assistance in helping you check the rest of the connections. You could also use a 12vdc battery source and just connect it up right to test the connections.

The connector looks very corroded. Try some PB Blaster on the connection. Also, I've found once the connection is together between the vehicle and the trailer, twisting the two against each other (back and forth a little) will produce a better connection.

If this fails, you also need to check the vehicles connection which may also have a fault. You'd need to have someone help you with this, though.

  • Above #1 and #2 are normal? only the #3 is abnormal? what does it mean? Oct 6, 2015 at 16:13

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