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Old 02-11-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Brake Buddy Sensitivity Lights

Hi Everyone,
Relatively new to RVing and this great forum and its wealth of knowledge and we find ourselves with a possible problem.
We have a new to us Brake Buddy and placed it in the Toad, set the clevis and the seat. Plugged it in and went through the build up of air pressure and the manual says the sensitivity lights should descend from 7 to 1, ours didn't, it stayed at 7.
I performed the 5 test button applications and the book says that the RED sensitivity lights should change to Green, this one doesn't.
The air regulator appears to controls the air pressure up and down OK. The black sensitivity button does change the number of lights.
Have also drove and stepped on the brakes and it appears to apply them.
Can anyone familiar with the Brake Buddy tell me if they think I have or will have a problem with this until operating it with RED sensitivity lights instead of Green ones.
Your comments will be appreciated.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Looks like the Brake Buddy Manual pretty much answers your question on page 5:

Do not tow your vehicle until the sensitivity lights are green.


Best to call the number in the manual:

If for some reason the BrakeBuddy®
does not fit your vehicle properly,
please call technical service at 1-800-470-2287.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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Hi Everyone,
Relatively new to RVing and this great forum and its wealth of knowledge and we find ourselves with a possible problem.
We have a new to us Brake Buddy and placed it in the Toad, set the clevis and the seat. Plugged it in and went through the build up of air pressure and the manual says the sensitivity lights should descend from 7 to 1, ours didn't, it stayed at 7.
I performed the 5 test button applications and the book says that the RED sensitivity lights should change to Green, this one doesn't.
The air regulator appears to controls the air pressure up and down OK. The black sensitivity button does change the number of lights.
Have also drove and stepped on the brakes and it appears to apply them.
Can anyone familiar with the Brake Buddy tell me if they think I have or will have a problem with this until operating it with RED sensitivity lights instead of Green ones.



Your comments will be appreciated.
Thank You
Tom & Barb
2000 Bounder 39Z
2004 Grand Cherokee


Did you ever get it to work right? Just bought one of those today, going to put it in tomorrow.
I will be towing a Jeep Wrangler, not sure what pressure to use or what sesitivity setting to use ?????
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Recommend unplugging the power and bleed off the accumulator. Also, make sure your emergency breakaway switch is plugged into the unit. Plug it back in and the compressor should build the accumulator until the compressor stops. once it is stopped, then initiate the test. The lights should show 7 lit and the test will apply the brake pedal to bleed off the vacuum in you brake system. It should do this seven times counting down the lights. after the last application, it should show ready. The Brake Buddy should have a sticker on the side, or in the owners manual for sure should tell you how much gain based on the weight of your vehicle. I tow a 2013 Jeep Wrangler 2 dr. Sport which weighs just under 3000 lbs. I set my gain to 4-4.5.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #5
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Update, I called Brake Buddy and after explaining what was happening, I was informed that the older units didn't perform as the manual I had instructed. What I had was an older unit and it has a different set up without the green lights or counting down the red ones. The Brake Buddy customer service folks were great and even walked me through their web site so I could down load the older manual. As of now all is well. Happy trails and Spring will be in the air, or so I've been told.
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