For all the discussions we have had on properly providing power to the breakaway brakes, we rarely if ever give much consideration as to whether they actually work as designed. While some of you may be diligent about such matters, I confess I have never actually pulled the pin from the switch box to see what happens. Until today.
And what happened was... nothing. No drop in battery voltage under load. No locking of the wheels.
It seems the little switch into which the pin inserts gets a bit arthritic with age. After cycling the pin in and out several times--and applying a few taps to the switch housing--the brakes started engaging.
So, if you don't regularly check your breakaway, I suggest you give it a go. I'm thinking my switch might need replacement of at least a little TLC to clean up the contacts inside.
Anyone else experience this, and if so, what did you do to remedy the situation?