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Old 11-05-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Brake Buddy Failure

Went back over some of the older Brake Buddy posts and while I found similar failures, didn't find an exact match.

We have an older Brake Buddy Classic and on our last trip the power cord had a melt down. Assuming it was either from an internal short or for some reason (maybe a leak) the compressor didn't shut off and the continuous running over heated the cord. Spliced another lighter plug onto the cord and sure enough there is a leak.

The regulator is leaking out the bottom plug, I'm assuming that is some kind of pressure relief port. I can hold my finger over it and when the pressure builds to the set pressure, everything shuts down. Yes, I know that is what is suppose to happen, but all power within the unit is off, even the sensitivity lights, that isn't what should happen. Bleeding down the air pressure doesn't turn the unit back on as it should, the only way to reactivate it is to unplug from the power source and replug in.

I have found posts on replacing the regulator and fittings and such, but no info dealing with the power lost. Has anyone experience this before, as I'm wondering if maybe something in the circuit board failed when the original plug overheated.

Any input or help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-05-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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When mine smoked BB told me $200 they would repair and sent it back. Mine was 5 years old
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
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Just got my 13-year old Classic BB refurb-ed by the factory--think it was $75 for parts and labor [shiping was like $35 round trip]. They replaced the regulator and the power cord. I have found that the BB doesnt seem to like the dash cig/power-plug/port in the car so several years ago, I ordered their separate power lead that goes directly from the battery to the BB--no problems since.
PS--they will also offer to upgrade you from the classic to the latest BB model at a substantially reduced price--I opted to just repair the old one.....it works fine now....
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